Book Review: Isla And The Happily Ever After, WITH SPOILERS

Isla And The Happily Ever AfterBook: Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Published August 2014 by Penguin|258 pages

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Anna And The French Kiss #3

Genre: YA Contemporary

You can find Isla And The Happily Ever After on goodreads & Stephanie Perkins on twitter, tumblr and her website

 Goodreads Summary: 

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.

What I Thought:

SO: SPOILERS ARE AHEAD, BECAUSE I CAN’T TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK AND NOT MENTION SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS AT THE END.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.  I also apologize in advance for all of the caps I may or may not end up using…

OH. MY. GOD, YOU GUYS.  THIS BOOK.

It’s amazing.  Seriously amazing.  I can’t remember the last time I loved a book this much, and I am so glad to be excited about a book again.

Isla did this.  I love it as much as I love Anna And The French Kiss, and I love that book something fierce.

I just love Isla and Josh together, and I’m so glad we got to back to SOAP and revisit some characters that we got to see a little bit of in Anna.  I’m so glad they got their own book and story, because they are perfect together.  And they’re nearly as adorable as Anna and St. Clair.  Nearly.

All I feel like doing right now is squeeing.  With lots of arm flailing.  This is that kind of book.  I’m also that kind of person, and this book just brings that out even more than normal.  Just imagine me doing a happy dance.

Especially with the ending.  Because OH MY GOD ANNA AND ST. CLAIR GOT ENGAGED AT THE END OF THE BOOK.

WHY IS THERE NOT ANOTHER BOOK?  Because I have never wanted a sequel more than I want one right now, just to see Anna and St. Clair get married.  I think, of the three books in this “series,” Anna and Isla are my favorites.  I am thankful that Cricket and Lola and Calliope are what bring St. Clair and Anna back to Paris, but I still much prefer Anna and Isla.  (And St. Clair and Josh, of course).

Isla and Josh have their issues, which were frustrating at times, but I also loved seeing how hard it was for them.  They have such an intense relationship- it’s an intensity we never saw with Anna and St. Clair or with Lola and Cricket.  And Isla is such a different person than Anna or Lola- definitely more moody, I think.  And much more unsure of herself, which I actually  really liked, because I can so relate to her being unsure of what her future holds.

This book is special.  REALLY SPECIAL.  This is a book you really need to read.  It was a long wait for Isla, but it was so worth it. So very, very worth it.

I am glad that things worked out for Isla and Josh, who are are different than I ever imagined they would be when they first appeared in Anna.  Who knew that Josh was so talented?  I knew it was there, but I didn’t realize how much until this book. And Isla…I’ve already talked about how much I relate to her, and I just love her.  SO MUCH.

And I’m actually really glad that the covers were redesigned, because this cover?  Something about it makes me think of romance and happy endings and it’s just BEAUTIFUL.

Let’s Rate It:

So…in case you couldn’t tell, I LOVED Isla And The Happily Ever After.  LOVED.  IT.  It makes me wish I could give it many, many stars.  Okay, I might not be able to do that on goodreads, but this is my blog, and I’m giving every damn star I can possibly give it.  Officially, it gets 5+ stars!

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