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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins

PUBLICATION: August 14th 2014 by Dutton





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






I’ve read this book without reading the blurb because if it’s Stephanie Perkins, no doubt it’s great.


The story was just so good! It was very realistic; the story, the characters, etc. It really touched my heart.


I felt so much emotional connection with everything in this story especially with Isla, the protagonist.  Her insecurities and worry about not knowing what she wants to do with her life is something that I’ve been struggling for years now, so I get her.  I also liked how she thought of herself as a blank canvas and that is definitely the perfect description of how I feel about myself. Josh was a great character as well. We had a glimpse of him in the first book, Anna and the French Kiss, and I honestly would not have been able to remember him if he didn’t mention St. Clair as his best friend and that’s when it all clicked to me. I loved learning more about him and just like Isla, he had his own personal issues as well.


It felt very real to me especially with their relationship. They faced these issues that couples also struggle with and again, I easily connected to that. I absolutely adored seeing their growth personally and together.


I also loved how this story didn’t focus on only one setting. It took in Paris, New York, and Barcelona. Perkins had a wonderful way of describing the surroundings that made me feel as if I was with them the entire time.


Oh! I got super excited when the characters form the first two books made their appearance here. I was shedding tears of joy just seeing them all together.


I laughed in this book, I cried, it has a little bit of everything. There are issues beyond the romance that make it more realistic and touching. Knowing that this is the final installment makes me so sad. I wish there are ten more books in this series.