Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?
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.
I’m feeling really emotional just by typing out this post. I’m still in awe, in shock, in daze. Whatever you want to call it, I am definitely feeling it right now.
I adored everything about the book. The cover, the story, the characters and their dynamics and personalities. Everything was perfect and just in place.
Back in July when I attended Stephanie Perkins’s book signing, she had descibed Isla and Josh’s characters a bit. From the moment I’ve finished reading the sneak peek chapters, I have decided that Isla was my girl. I definitely got that confirmed during the event.
I definitely loved Isla’s character. Out of the three, I felt most connected to her. We were definitely kindred spirits. She’s smart, shy and a bit awkward but she’s got an interesting personality. I think that a lot of people has got some dash of Isla in their personalities, especially when it comes to crushes. While reading the book, I definitely wanted to high-five her because I most definitely acted the way she did when it comes to my crush(es?). All aspects of Isla’s character has some kind of parallels to my personality, even when it comes to her insecurities and fears. So I really learned a lot from her story. And thank you for that, Stephanie Perkins.
Josh’s character is trying to beat out Cricket. Cricket was my favorite among the three but Josh really came so close. I loved Josh. His passion for art and just everything was really moving. He’s also smart and a bit awkward. I’ve never thought that there’s more to him being a horny teenager from Anna and the French Kiss (Come on, he and Rashmi were inseparable), so when I heard about this book being about Isla and Josh, I was pretty excited.
I liked Kurt too. His passion for maps and stuff was interesting. Not to mention his whole name is pretty awesome. Hattie was unbearable at first but I really like her strength. She was just adorable at the end. I also liked Gen and her character was cool.
I loved the cameos of Anna, St. Clair, Lola and Cricket. Perfect scene, perfect timing. I’m not surprised that Cricket was taller than Josh. Hahaha! St. Clair still has his charms. And yes, that one particular scene at Point Zero definitely made my day. I’m glad Meredith was there too.
Surprisingly, I found myself crying while reading the book. During the first chapters everything was just cheesy, mushy, adorable kind of romance which I was looking for in a Perkins novel. But then when everything fell apart for Josh and Isla, it was just too emotional, because like what I said, I felt so attached and have related to Isla most. First time ever that I cried in a Stephanie Perkins novel.
One of the best quotes? “Take a fucking risk.” It applies to everything in life. Also might be one of the coolest pep talks in life and help you find your happily ever after.
TL;DR. Stephanie Perkins did it again! It’s like she’s got some kind of magic when it comes to writing novels because it comes out beautiful and realistic. This book is definitely worth the long wait.
ABOUT STEPHANIE PERKINS
Stephanie Perkins was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, attended universities in San Francisco and Atlanta, and now lives in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. She writes novels for teens, including her bestselling books, Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After.