Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Book Review)


Isla and the Happily Ever AfterLove 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.

This book was my favorite of the series. Part of the reason I chose to continue the series is because I knew Josh’s story was the last book, and I really liked him in the first book. I also wanted to see what would become of Isla’s crush. Obviously I had to keep reading!

I still had moments where I was really frustrated by the characters’ actions, but it was really good. Isla’s freak out moment made me want to scream, but I also understand it. It made sense for her as a character, and I know novels are going to be written with extra drama. Still, I just wanted them to be happy the whole time.

The romance was sweet, and I was happy to get to know Josh and Isla better as characters. Josh is so incredibly sweet, and Isla is such an interesting person. The valedictorian who doesn’t know what she wants to do next? Yes, I am hear for this journey.

I loved how all the characters reunited at the end. The end of this book is incredibly satisfying for that reason. All the characters who were friends in the beginning, and the friends they meet along the way get together. That’s awesome! I didn’t know I wanted it, but it’s exactly what I needed from the story.

Overall, the series wasn’t perfect. At times, I found the characters very frustrating, and I didn’t think the writing was as good as it could have been. However, the story was a lot of fun, and the characters and romances are sweet. I’m not sure if she’s written other books, but I’d probably give them a try.

On to my next great reading adventure!


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