Thursday, August 14, 2014

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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 √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Publisher: Dutton
Number of Pages: 339
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 18

I really think Isla and the Happily Ever After will satisfy Stephanie Perkins fans. Perkins once again incorporates just the right amount of feel-good cliches with her unique characters and authentic dialogue and representation of the teenager. 

As always, her writing is stellar and makes the stories that much more bubbly and easy to fly through. It's one of my favorite aspects of her books! Many of the problems the characters go through are so relatable, and they make mistakes, but then we as readers get to learn from them--and see how they can be fixed. That's something I really like about realistic fiction, especially in Perkins' stories. 

Lastly, I'll mention Josh, the love interest. He is most definitely a departure from Cricket and Etienne, and in the very best way. You get the best of three worlds with her standalones, and I don't think you'll be disappointed by him. He might just be my favorite! Though I have to say my favorite story is probably Lola and the Boy Next Door.

Do I recommend this? Absolutely. It's a great summer read. And if you've read the first two stories and are in love with the characters as much as I am, then Isla is a must-read--every one of Perkins' main characters, from all three books, gets a happily ever after in Isla! It was the perfect ending! 

This book hits shelves August 14th 2014! 
Buy Hardcover | $17.99

Happy reading!
Rachel, age 18


  1. This one was also my favorite and Josh nearly slayed me with swoons. I'm so happy you enjoyed it!


  2. I hope to start this one soon! I want the paperback for my collection so I haven't purchased it yet but got it from the library. I can't wait to meet Josh and get that perfect ending :)

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  3. I'm glad you loved this one Rachel! I can't wait to start Isla and meet Josh at a more deeper level! :D

  4. Glad you enjoyed this!! I can't wait to read it :)

  5. I should start this series at some point. It's contemporary and I usually don't like too many contemporary novels but cute romance for the win! :D

    Excellent review, Rachel!!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. I really really really want to get this set of books to read! I haven't read any of them yet.

  7. Best book ever!!! I can't wait to reread them all back to back!!

  8. Just might be a favorite, wow! Can't wait. Just got this & just have to crack the book open. Its almost unreal this book is out! Great review & thanks!

  9. This book sounds wonderful and amazing and siiiigh... :-)

  10. I just got my copy of Isla on the mail yesterday and I hugged it for a solid 2 minutes before my hubby asked what I was doing. I calmly replied like you don't know by now. He said petting books of course silly me.

  11. I was actually really disappointed with Isla. I thought Lola and Anna were a lot better.

  12. Absolutely looking forward to reading Isla!!! The wait has been so long but I believe it will be worth it :D

  13. So looking forward to starting ISLA! Glad you liked it!

  14. I haven't read any of these books yet because I am not big on contemporary and only read it when I get an ARC for review. However, many of my blogging buddies have been raving about the books, so I think I will look for them at the library. :)

  15. Oh man this series of books got so popular!! I have only read Anna and the French Kiss, but I loved it. I need to get on reading the other too. The new covers are so fitting! Thanks for the review, glad you liked it :D


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