Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss
Published August 4th 2015 by Speak (first published August 14th 2014)
Genre: young adult, romance, contemporary
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.
Isla and the Happily Ever After showed that love, while strong, can be vulnerable at times. Like the previous two books, it’s also about self-discovery. I think I related most with Isla than with Anna and Lola.
Isla has no clue about her future, and is just going with the flow which I found that it reflected my own situation. There’s always relatable characters in Stephanie Perkins’ books. What I really enjoyed about Josh’s character is that he’s the opposite of Isla. He has a direction and is working towards it.
This trilogy is full of lively and unique characters. They have different situations, and personalities. It can be a little cliché and foreseeable at times, but it’s honestly the best part.
I loooooved the ending. It was heartwarming, cute and romantic. I shouldn’t be too surprised at what happened at the end, but wow.
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“A blank canvas has unlimited possibilities.”
(my aesthetic for isla and the happily ever after)