Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication date: August 14, 2014
Source: ARC from publisher (Thank you, Penguin Teen!)
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
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Isla and the Happily Ever After is the final book in Stephanie Perkins’ companion series. Fans of the first two books, Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door have been waiting for this and now that it’s here, I’m sure everyone’s rushing to the bookstore to grab a copy!
Oozing with heart-warming moments, deep affection, and passion, Isla and the Happily Ever After is one spectacular read! I was smitten with how it is to fall in love and appreciated the sweet little things that happen in between the process. My heart exploded with extreme feelings of happiness that words couldn’t describe enough. Isla and Josh are wonderfully flawed and entertaining characters that readers would instantly adore and connect with. Their chemistry is so believable and downright heart melting! The authenticity and natural spark of Isla and Josh’s romance made them a couple worth remembering. I truly enjoyed being a witness of their love affair from the beginning to the much awaited happily ever after.
Author Stephanie Perkins’ thoughtful, uplifting, and charming writing style impressed me a lot. I’m a fan! What I like most about her books is that readers get so much more than a love story. Beneath the romance element is an inspiring message that could change how people view life and the things around them. The depth and truthfulness of the stories pierce through the soul in extraordinary ways. Anna, Lola, and Isla take readers to an amazing journey of self-discovery, and that’s what makes Stephanie Perkins’ books remarkable.
Sweet and undeniably romantic, Isla and the Happily Ever After marvelously encapsulates the spellbinding magic of falling in love. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is fond of a beautifully written contemporary YA brimming with unlimited possibilities and long-lasting bliss.