Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 14th 2014
Hardcover: 339 Pages
My Rating: ★★★★★
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
WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
This is the third book in the Anna and the French Kiss collection and I might like it the most.. We meet Isla Martin who attends SOAP (School of America in Paris) but her hometown is New York. We quickly learn about Isla’s huge crush on Josh Wasserstein; who appears in Anna & the French Kiss. Huge may be an understatement. Isla knows Josh like they have been friends forever, but they were just acquaintances. So yeah, she’s sort-of a stalker? But we like her anyway!
Josh and Isla both live in New York, the book starts off with Isla seeing Josh at a coffee shop in her post-wisdom teeth surgery state during summer break. They have a perfect night with rain at the end & Josh walks her home. UGH THEY’RE PERFECT.
Josh comes from a family of politicians and Isla comes from a little family of red heads with two sisters; who both went/go to SOAP. We get to know both Josh and Isla’s lives throughout the book.
We learn about the meaning of love and see two characters fall in love. This book focuses on love and art. Josh is a very talented artist. But, we learn he’s not a very good student. Josh is very careless about school and that comes with consequences where Josh has to leave SOAP. This devestates Isla (and me!), what are they going to do to save their relationship?
Isla and Josh try to make their now, long distance relationship work. But, many things get in the way such as the fact that Josh has his phone privileges taken away and basically any form of communication. They can only talk for a few minutes or seconds when Josh can use his mother’s phone. Josh’s family and their election gets in the way of their relationship but they save it!
I won’t spoil the ending but let’s just say there’s some appearances from the characters in the previous books. I really enjoyed Josh and Isla’s story and characters. Josh is very witty and they definitely compliment each other.
I really loved this book. I felt that it really taught me what love is and was perfect way to end the collection!
Have you read this collection? If so, which book is your favorite?
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