Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 5 September, 2014 by Amanda / 14 Comments

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins {Amanda’s Review}Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Also in this series: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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.

Yup. It was worth the wait.

Thoughts on Isla and the Happily Ever After

For me, the shining part of Stephanie Perkins’s writing is that she’s able to tap into my memories of what it was like to be a teenager with a crush. And so there’s angst—and not a small amount of it—but as painful as it is to read sometimes, it’s real.

Or, it’s real the way you’d imagined it’d be, if it were you.

Oh, this book. Isla has loved Josh forever. And she’s never thought he’d be into her… until he is. Isla’s crush on (obsession with?) Josh never bothered me much because I’ve been there, being awkward around crushes.

But even so, part of me wondered when the other shoe would drop because, well, this is a book and it’s not conflict without a little angst and drama. And it’s the type of angst and drama I both dislike and completely understand. Also, the adult in me wondered who Isla was seeing: the Josh she’d romanticized or Josh-Josh. But… but…


‘Tis good. We got to see Anna and St. Clair (swoon), and Lola and Cricket. Also good. I’m happy with it. It was worth the wait for the happily ever after.

And yes, I totally went there.

PS. Anyone read the acknowledgments? Perkins’s paragraph to her husband was so freaking sweet.


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14 Responses to “Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Would this series work for a young teenager? She is looking for more reads. She loved The Fault of Our Stars but I never read that so I don’t know the level of books I could look for her to read. She doesn’t like paranormal so I am trying to find her YA Contemporary Reads.

    • This book (and I think the previous one) has sex in it. As long as that’s not an issue, I think it’d be fine. But I’m not sure I’m the best one to give teen read recs, since I was reading adult romances by 13.

      • Her mom and I the same thing. It isn’t so much the sex (I don’t think that matters) just more reading level wise. She is a new reader (for fun) but she did read Fault so I think it should probably be fine. Thanks :)

        • I haven’t read Fault, so I can’t give comparisons, but I’m guessing it’s at about the same level. And these books were easy reads for me.

  2. I absolutely loved this book too. Is it my favorite? No. I didn’t love the conflict bit that much, although I did think it was really realistic. I just felt a little too old to have an appreciate for that. But it was a great book, and definitely worth the wait. There was a lot of hype about this book, and it didn’t disappoint.

    • I was, sadly, reminded of the lengths I went to, ahem, “research” my potential crushes back in the day. True story, when I first met my now boyfriend, I looked him up on MySpace (because that was the thing then) to see if he was in a relationship. And let me tell you, with a very common name, it wasn’t easy. But I did it.

      But that’s what I love about Perkins: she reminds me of what it like to be a teen, even though I definitely feel older now.

  3. Oh gosh, my teenage years feel so far away now, but I do like it when an author succeeds in delivering a nice dose of nostalgia. I’m happy to learn that book 3 was worth the wait, and that you were satisfied with the characters’ HEAs. Wonderful review, Amanda!

    • I’m always super impressed when an author (who’s an adult) can capture what I remember of being a teen so well. I know I’d never be able to do it. Tis impressive! :)

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