Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

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Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 14th, 2014
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
  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.

  Isla has had a crush on Josh since their first year in school in Paris. After accidentally meeting each other in Manhattan, Isla and Josh meets again in School of America in Paris and slowly their friendship begins to build until it becomes something more.

  Having have read and loved the first two books of this series, my expectations were quite high for this one, but when two of my friends disliked it, I decided to lower my expectations. However, despite doing so, I still found myself disappointed by this book, and I can easily say that this is my least favorite book of the three.

  I felt like compared to the first two books, there was not much substance to this one. Nothing much was going on, but the book was long. Also, I hated the main characters. Isla was too whiny, clingy and needy, while Josh was a jerk at times. It's like Isla couldn't live without Josh's attention even just for a day, while there were times that Josh just didn't care. I get that Josh has a complicated life, but just, no. 

  I actually had to force myself to read this one because I didn't like this as much as the other two books. Thankfully, the last 15% or so salvaged the book for me. I could have rated the part with the cameo of the characters from the first two books plus the ending five stars! But sadly, only the last part was amazing. 

  Despite me not liking this book, however, I still look forward to reading Stephanie Perkins' future books. I just hope that they will be better than this one, becauseI really love her other works.

“I am hard on myself. But isn’t it better to be honest about these things before someone else can use them against you? Before someone else can break your heart? Isn’t it better to break it yourself?”

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6 thoughts

  1. Aww, that's too bad this one was such a letdown for you. But not every highly anticipated book is going to be a winner for everyone! Far from it.

  2. I felt the same way about this book! I loved Anna and Lola and was expecting the same from this but for me it just didn't deliver. I think the problem was Anna and Lola have such amazing characters and I didn't like Isla or Josh at all. In the beginning, I loved Isla but as the book progressed I liked her less and less. Like you said, she's too clingy and gets jealous too easily while he never seems to care(about anything) enough.

    I definitely agree that the ending is the best part and really the only thing that salvaged the book in my eyes.

  3. Haha this is what I love about books, is that they get such different reactions from everyone. This was hands down my favourite of the three and I wanted to read it again as soon as I finished it. I totally get that it didn't live up to a lot of peoples expectations though. I can't wait for more of her work either!

  4. I actually have the first book in this series so I should really get off of my lazy bum and start reading it! It sounds like the last chapter of this one lived up to expectations :)

    Check out my review:

  5. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two books. I enjoyed Isla and Josh's story, but I didn't LOVE it like I did Anna and Lola.

    Great review!

  6. @Aylee: True, it's still sad though..

    @Shay: I'm so glad that I'm not the only one because I was starting to feel bad!

    @Patty: I'm glad you liked it :)

    @Olivia: The first book is one of my favorite books! I hope you get to read it soon :)

    @Christy: Yeah.. I'm glad you liked it though :)


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