Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

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.

Song For This Book: Magnet and Steel by Matthew Sweet


Having read Anna and Lola previous, I was really looking forward to finally reading Isla. I had really enjoyed the previous two books, and was pleased that I would have the chance to dive into Stephanie Perkins world once again. And I was not disappointed.

Is this book the greatest literary work that has never been written? No, not even close. But it promises a fun, romantic story, and that is exactly what you get. It’s short, easy read (I got through it in a day), and it’s a blast to follow along with Isla, as well as see some old favourites pop up here and there.

The Good Points of Isla and the Happily Ever After:

I loved how Perkins addressed Kurt and his autism. It was a really great depiction, and the whole subject was handled really well.

Likewise, how the sex scenes were handled. You don’t come across many young adult books that don’t use the ‘fade to black’ thing when dealing with sex. It could have been awful, but it wasn’t. It was addressed, discussed, but wasn’t made weird or awkward. It worked really well.

I loved getting to see what the characters from the previous books were up to, and how things were going for them. I really enjoyed that you can read these books out of order, but you get the added benefit and enjoyment if you do stick to the release order.

I loved how fun this book was. That’s honestly the best description I can come up with. This is the book equivalent of going to the beach with your friends, or having a girl’s night, or spending a wonderful evening with your significant other, or whatever is your favourite Saturday activity.

The Downsides of Isla and the Happily Ever After:

I did have a minor issue with Isla’s attitude throughout the book. Sometimes she acted like a child, sometimes like an adult. I frequently forgot that she was supposed to be a high school senior, because she just didn’t act like it that often.

Maybe just because I am not the most romantic person in the world, I would have liked it if both Isla and Josh had to fight for it a little more. Them getting together and solving their issues all seemed pretty easy to me, and it would have been nice if they had to work a little harder. Maybe I’m more accustomed to relationships outside of high school though, when life gets more complicated.

All in all, I loved this book, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good beach read or who just wants to read something light and fluffy.

Have you read this one? Let me know what you thought in the comments!


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