Isla and the Happily Ever After
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Stephanie Perkins Indiebound
• Book Depository
• Published by Penguin
on August 14, 2014 Genres: Contemporary Pages:
ARC Source: the publisher Goodreads
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 Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
Along with receiving Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins for review, I also helped promote the book on various social medias.
Isla is the third book in the Anna companion series, following Isla Martin, now a senior at SOAP – a school for privileged kids in Paris, France.
Isla has had an undying crush for Josh since freshman year, and one fateful night at a cafe called Kismet, she sees Josh while she’s doped up on pain meds after getting her wisdom teeth removed. Their relationship ever-so-magically unfolds from there.
I thought Josh was going to be this rebel, but he’s much more of a dreamer. Because he is writing a graphic novel, I hope we get to see an actual graphic novel! *crosses fingers* I also wish we could have gotten more of his perspective, although he is rather blunt.
Isla is one of those characters that’s really easy to slip into her very ridiculous shoes. She has one friend, she has a few interests, and no idea about what she wants to do with her life. And she likes adventure books. I totally related. She had little confidence, but had some intelligent realizations about her relationships and her life with other people.
Kurt is Isla’s best friend (almost brother). He is diagnosed with high-functioning Autism — like my brother — which was totally refreshing. He had this philosophy about finding the Right Way to places and a love for maps.
While reading, it just seemed like a super cute story and then BAM everything explodes. It takes half of the book to get there, but it’s worth it. And everything that happens when she goes back to school after Agnostic Christmas was so… YES. There is pay off for the WHOLE SERIES. I don’t want to ruin that experience for you.
I’m glad Josh and Isla have a month of bliss before everything explodes. It just felt real. At least in my experience. It’s definitely a crescendo, a build up. I don’t know how real the ending of the whole book was, but it was still SUPER cute and swoony. It did it’s job.
Although the main relationship is Isla and Josh, her relationships with Kurt and her sisters are wonderful. Not perfect since sisters fight and all that. I loved Hattie and Isla’s moment with her in the tree house. goodgoodgood. Good sister-ing.