Isla and the Happily Ever After: Review

IslaAuthor: Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Pages: 375

Genre: YA Contemporary

Summary:  Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series (Via Goodreads.)

Review: The main issue for me when it comes to writing a review for a Stephanie Perkins book is trying to sound articulate when all I want to do is squeal and gush and basically scream at people to read the damn book because ohmygod itsogood ohmygod ohmygod.

Isla is the third and final (gross sobbing) book in the Anna and the French Kiss series and it focuses on Isla and Josh – secondary characters from the first novel and it takes a slightly different route than it’s predecessors in that Isla and Josh get together pretty early on in the book so the plot focuses more on the ups and downs of their relationship then them trying to get together and it was beautiful.  Josh and Isla are so cute and so sweet and so incredibly perfect together, it’s basically cavity inducing!

In the sense of fluffiness, cuteness and squeal-ness inducing Isla is a very typical Stephanie Perkins book but the characters are quite different o their counterparts. Isla unlike Anna and Lola doesn’t have a single shred of confidence and this is a major obstacle in her relationship with Josh and unlike Anna and Lola she has no idea who she is and what she wants to go once she graduates. This, in my opinion, makes Isla a tad bit more relatable, because let’s be honest at eighteen most of us do feel a little lost! At times I will admit Isla was a tad bit annoying – but in a way that made her feel very real. I really did love her character and I really hope she makes a cameo in some future Perkins book!

Josh too is a lot different than Etienne and Cricket, he’s a lot more introspective, a lot more passionate but very lonely and sort of isolated and it’s nice to see something different. However he is still a Perkins boy so he is typically swoon worthy – like seriously swoon worthy. 

I can’t really find a fault with Isla. I definitely enjoyed her more than Lola and I think the reason for that is that Isla begins the same time as Lola. So there are no cameos from other characters to distract you from the main plot line, so you become invested in Isla and Josh and Kurt and Hattie as you should. When the Anna, Etienne, Lola and Cricket do appear at the end of the novel, it’s perfect because you now love every one of them and it’s sweet and it’s cute and ugh it made me so happy – especially that little surprise! (People who have read it know what I’m talking about!)

Overall Isla was sweet, cute, fluffy and chock full of adorableness that will keep me happy for a long, long time and it definitely hurt to close it.

A book and a series I would recommend to everyone. Stephanie Perkins is the YA Contemporary Queen.

5 Stars.

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2 thoughts on “Isla and the Happily Ever After: Review

  1. Great review! I totally agree with you about Josh. He is a typical swoon-worthy Perkins hero, but there is also a lot more character development and growth in his story than I found with either Etienne or Cricket (as much as I loved them too!)

    • I think Etienne will always be the love of my life but Josh does slight edge out Cricket for me! (He’s too tall for me anyway!)

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