About the book:
Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
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.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
*This is the last book in the Anna and the French Kiss companion series. Though this could work well as a standalone, the cameos made by the protagonists from the previous books may contain spoilers.*
Isla and the Happily Ever After was such a great wrap-up to Stephanie Perkins’ companion series! Though I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first book, Anna and the French Kiss, I still thought that it was amazingly written, and I loved how I still got to see what the characters from the previous books were up to.
This book is basically about Isla, who is a senior at the School of America in Paris. She’s had a big crush on Josh (who is an artist) since she was a freshman. As the two get to know each other before potentially having to go separate ways for university, they have to face the unfortunate risk of being apart for the first time since they began at the school. Will they find a way to make it work, without having it interfere with their relationship? Or will a miracle happen, and suddenly they will still get to be together?
I was so happy to see Josh as one of the main characters! In Anna and the French Kiss, he was one of the main side characters, and after reading it, I just wanted to get to know him a little bit more. I’m so glad I got to, because I honestly love what I saw! Though he isn’t the most agreeable and forgiving person, I love the strong loyalty that he had for Isla. Their relationship is literally goals👌. As I said before, he’s also an artist who is trying to draw/write a memoir made of his cartoons, and I can just imagine how amazing it looked! I have read a plethora of graphic novel memoirs, and let me just say how much I like them. They seem to express the author’s feelings a lot more than just writing, because I can actually see what was happening, rather than only reading about it. With that being said, I’m so pleased to see an actual book character follow this passion! If it existed, I would DEFINITELY read Josh’s memoir.
I honestly don’t have much to say about Isla, except for the fact that I like her. She was pretty nice, and I didn’t really have many problems with her. The one thing, though, is that as I’m writing this review a few days after I completed the book, I unfortunately don’t remember much about her. Her ‘unmemorableness’ made this book lose about half a star from me😣.
The ending of this story was AMAZING. I barely have any words to describe it, which is good because then I can’t spoil it for you guys!😉You’ll just have to read the book for yourself to see what awesomeness I’m talking about.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who liked the first two books in the series. You will love this one and totally want more, because I know I do!
Rating: 4/5 Stars