Jac Reviews: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

by Jac on December 24, 2014

Jac Reviews: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie PerkinsIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated on 2014-08-14
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Goodreads
five-stars
“Stephanie Perkins’s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good.” —Rainbow Rowell, Award-winning, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl A New York Times Bestseller  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.

The wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After has been a long one. Anna and the French Kiss was one of the first books I discovered and fell in love with after I started my blog back in 2011. Lola and the Boy Next Door was one of the first books I read in one day, again? 2011. And then I waited. And waited. And waited. And by the time Isla finally released in 2014? Well, I have to be honest. I bought the book and then let it sit on my shelf. Between the long wait, and the fact that the previous two are HUGE favorites of mine? I was afraid I’d feel let down. So I waited. I let it sit.

And this week? I finally read it. And it was worth the wait.

We got glimpses of Josh in Anna’s story – while he was dating Rashmi. But I was in no way prepared for the way this story would grab my heart and tug. No way. And Isla? Oh Isla. I think every girl/woman can relate to her. We all had that crush that we suffered in silence, and for her? It’s Josh.

After quite the reading slump, I picked up Isla and decided to give it a try. Slump be gone. (Hangover begin.) I love living in the pages of this amazing world that Stephanie Perkins has created. And with cameos from our old favorites (Anna, Etienne, Lola and Cricket) it was a bittersweet ending as we said goodbye to this fantastic cast of characters.

Jac

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