Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Goodreads says:

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, √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.

I am finally back with a brand new book review of Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.

I have been reading the novel off and on for a month or so because I have been distracted by reading other books. However, I decided to buckle down and focus on finishing this book.

Why the detour?  It took awhile for the story to pick up speed. The book didn't get interesting until after the first hundred pages.

So we are back in Paris at SOAP-School of America in Paris.  At first, I thought that the story was going to solely take place in New York. Actually, the setting is divided between Paris and NYC.

Josh and Isla have been crushing on each and they finally get together senior year.  So their relationship should be smooth sailing. Well not exactly.

Spoiler Alert: A trip to Spain lands the couple in hot water with SOAP.  Josh gets expelled and Isla gets attention.  Now the couple has to deal with maintaining a long distance relationship.

The thing that worries me about Isla is that she over thinks things and is afraid to take risks.  She also feels that she is unlovable.  Isla's only friend is Kurt.  It takes some time for Isla to break out of her comfort zone-well she is forced out of her comfort zone.  Josh and Isla break up, but can they find their way back to each other?

Readers will see cameo appearances from Meredith, Anna, Cricket, Lola, St. Clair, Sanjita, and Nate from Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.  Fans of the series will be pleased to know that Anna and St. Clair are still together.  There is a big surprise in the book. Hint, hint.

Isla and the Happily Ever turned out to be a good book. I have heard positive reviews around the web. Stephanie Perkins tied everything together nicely.  At first, it's sort of hard to see how all three books connect, but once you read all three books, you will see the connections.

4.5 out of 5 Stars
Personal digital copy purchased from Barnes N Noble

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