Isla and the Happily Ever After [Review]

Posted May 19, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Isla and the Happily Ever After [Review]Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Published by Dutton on August 14th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 339
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: five-stars
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Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?
Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.
Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

“Phones are distracting. The internet is distracting. The way he looked at you? He wasn’t distracted. He was consumed.

“A blank canvas…has unlimited possibilities.”

Anna rolls her eyes. “Wait until you try his creamy center.”

St. Clair gets a crush on Anna. He’s torn between her and Ellie, and he spends so much time running between them that he hardly has time left for Josh. And the more time that Josh spends alone, the more he realizes how alone he actually is. All of his friends will be gone the next year. Josh grows increasingly antagonistic toward school, which makes Rashmi increasingly antagonistic toward him, which makes him increasingly antagonistic toward her. And she’s upset because Ellie dropper her as a friend, and Meredith is upset because now St. Clair likes two girls who aren’t her, and Anna is upset because St. Clair is leading her on, and then St. Clair’s mom gets cancer. It’s a freaking soap opera.

I absolutely loved this book! Stephanie Perkins is seriously amazing. I enjoyed this book so much! I think Isla and Anna are tied for my favorites out of the series. I know a lot of people thought Isla was their least favorite but not me. 🙂 I really liked her. I liked the story. And I liked Isla (pronounced eye-la) as a character. I remember her and Josh vaguely from Anna and the French Kiss.

What I love about this series is that you can read them in any order. Obviously, if you read this one before Anna or Lola, you’ll know how happy those two are after their stories. But you won’t know anything that happens within their own stories other than what happens at the end. So, I do recommend reading them in order (Anna, Lola, and then Isla) but they are all fantastic.

I thought that this book was just the perfect ending to the series. Isla and Josh fall in love at the beginning of the book. So, I was happy to read A LOT of their romance, rather than them just get together at the end and only read a few chapters of them actually in a relationship (like with Anna and Lola). I loved that Isla had no idea what she wanted to do with her life after high school, because I’m sorry, a lot of kids don’t know. I didn’t really know. I knew I’ve always wanted to be a writer but before that part of my life happens, I didn’t know.

I loved the families and secondary characters. Kurt was adorable and it was so nice reading about a character who has autism and I liked Isla even more for being Kurt’s best friend because that shows that she is a better person than most. Not everyone will befriend an autistic person and that saddens me because my half brother has autism and I can only imagine how hard his life is for befriending people. Isla’s sisters Gen and Hattie were great too. Granted I hated Hattie for the majority of the book but she got really good at the end!

All-in-all, if you are a contemporary fan and you haven’t read this book or this series yet, you NEED to. Stephanie Perkins knows how to write contemporary. I can’t wait to read her books in the future. And this series is a series I will absolutely re-read at some point! So, if you haven’t picked this up yet, what are you waiting for?


Let’s talk about it. Did you read Isla and the Happily Ever After? Or any other of Stephanie’s books? What did you think of them? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

2 responses to “Isla and the Happily Ever After [Review]

  1. Rabiah

    I’m really sad to say I haven’t read any of Perkins’s books *hangs head in shame*. Glad you loved this one though–everyone loves her books! 😀 Great review!! 🙂

  2. Debbie

    I haven’t read any of this series yet and I don’t know why, this series sounds amazing! I’m glad you enjoyed the last book in the trilogy and your review has me excited for the series! It sounds like it has great characters, swoony romance, humour, friendships, drama all the works so I’m sure I’ll love it.

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