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.
Bits: Digging into a book by Stephanie Perkins is always a delight.
It's like snuggling a warm blanket with some tea. You know it's going to
be comfortable and enjoyable. Isla did that for me. Perkins brings us
back to France, where we see a couple in a different year at the same
school where the series began. Can I go to school there?
I enjoy most is how accurate these books are to the teen experience. It
captures the angst, the self-consciousness, the fear of
uncertainty...and I totally would have gone on a romantic weekend trip
with my boyfriend if I could have gotten away with it! I wish that I had
read these during those years, because I can imagine myself nodding
along and feeling totally validated (did I mention swooning over amazing
male characters?). This book also had another great theme, friendship.
We see how Isla isn't willing to give up her best friend for her
relationship. Sure, they spend less time together and both grow, but
it's never a question of leaving him behind. Not to mention, hurrah for a
book that depicts male/female friendship without having a love
Nit Picks: I had extremely high
expectations for this one, especially because the couples from Anna and
Lola were so swoon-worthy. I think this couple is a lot more realistic
in that they had a lot more to deal with. They didn't feel as certain at
the end, like the couples in the other book did. I'm not sure if that's
because I'm older and more skeptical, or because the drama was more
intense between the two. So, in a way this isn't really a nitpick...more
of an explanation why this couple wasn't my favorite.
sad to see this series go, but I purchased each book because I know
I'll be rereading them during those dreary fall/winter days when I need a
Isla and the Happily Ever After
By Stephanie Perkins
Published by Dutton