Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Publisher: Speak
Publication date: August 4, 2015
Pages: 368
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

 

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This was a great ending to the series. About partway through the book, I was a little apprehensive about how it would play out, but I needn’t have worried. Stephanie Perkins delivered with the other two books, and she delivered here. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

 

We first saw Isla in Anna and the French Kiss, and with all the books having been published already, I knew she’d be having her own book. I was excited to see more of her since we only saw a couple moments with her. This book started off strong, and I found myself rooting for Isla and Josh the entire way. I’m sad that the series is complete. I’ll definitely have to reread these books over and over again. I loved that we got to see Anna & Étienne and Lola & Cricket, even if it was only a short time. And when they showed up in the book, it was fantastic! I’m pretty sure I swooned!

 

Isla was an adorable character. I felt like we were a close match in personality, like maybe her and I were the best match when it came to the leading ladies in this series. She’s nervous a lot, a bit neurotic at times, and her confidence in herself was pretty underwhelming and almost nonexistent. I really liked that Kurt, her best friend, helped her out along the way. After all, what are best friends for? He was a great character, and I loved how fiercely Isla defended him and stood up for him.

 

Josh was probably my least favorite out of all the boys from the series, but I still liked him quite a lot. All of the boys in this series are seriously swoon-worthy. He was definitely added to my book boyfriend list. His drawing skills were described amazingly, and I wanted to see everything he’d drawn. Oh be still my heart, artistic Josh.

 

There were so many great moments throughout the book, but a few of my favorite lines were: “People always laugh, because they don’t expect words like shit to come out of someone so petite, someone with a voice so quiet, so sweet.” and “He never side-eyed me with that particular brand of I-know-you-like-me weirdness.” and “‘There’s no story,’ I say. ‘I saw you one day, and I just knew.'”

 

Final note: The ending was fantastic. The pairing was super cute, and I loved that Isla got her Happily Ever After. I’m so upset that it’s taken me this long to find these adorable books. Where have they been all my life? READ THIS SERIES IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY!!!

5 stars

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