Friday, 11 September 2015

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Pages: 339 
Publisher: Dutton
Release Date: August 14th, 2014
Status: Anna and the French Kiss #3

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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, √Čtienne, 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.


Isla and the Happily Ever After is the end of the French Kiss books, and let me tell you it will melt your hearts! If you're looking for a love story about true love, then this is the book for you.

Isla's a really quiet person, and when she get's the chance to have an actual conversation with the guy of her dreams, Josh, she's determined to get to know him more. When their friendship quickly turns into romance, they have to deal with the repercussions of falling in love.

 If you think Anna taking notes on how to pronounce french phrases in Anna and the French Kiss was really awkward, think again: out of all the narrators, Isla is the most quiet, most socially awkward, yet the most developed out of all of them in my opinion.

While it's easy to say that Isla's character is too boy crazy, and that her life solely revolves around Josh. But we have to understand that without Josh, Isla wouldn't have become her own person. Before her relationship with him, she was really introverted and not used to taking risks, but after all the two had gone through, she slowly started realizing it was time for her to start making her own decisions, and going on her own adventures.

The overall story was very overdramatic love story that just played at your heart strings. Perkins has the ability to turn the YA contemporary genre into something light-hearted yet serious, with dashes of quirkiness and lots of cute romance.

Isla was a wonderful book, and I am sad to see one of my favour series finally ending. If you're looking for something romantic, something funny, and something to make you fall in love with Paris, then I totally recommend reading the entire Anna and the French Kiss trilogy!

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