How did I get it?:
I bought it!
Previously reviewed by the same author:
Anna and the French Kiss
Lola and the Boy Next Door
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.
I’ve found the two preceding books in the Anna and The French Kiss series to be an incredibly sweet, fun and flirty series. I’m happy to say that Isla and the Happily Ever After fits the pattern. I thought it was a very sweet read which didn’t take me long to devour. Whilst I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Lola, I was still impressed with the final book in the series. Isla, like the other books in the series, doesn’t need to be read with the previous books. It’s a companion to Anna and Lola. So if you’re worried you won’t understand this book, don’t be, there’s no need to read them in order.
With Isla and the Happily Ever After, the reader gets to know the rather quiet girl Isla. Readers of the rest of the series may remember her appearing in Anna and The French Kiss with her major crush on Josh. Isla has a lot more to her than meets the eye, as many of us do. What I liked about this book, was that there wasn’t as much of an angsty build up. However, it is quite an intense read. The relationship is incredibly intense. It of course, is adorable as well but it’s full on quite fast.
Isla and Josh are such good characters. You can totally see why they’re attracted to each other. Even though the relationship seems quite fast, it doesn’t come out of nowhere. There’s been the attraction there for a while for both characters. Isla and Josh have issues with their parents and teachers getting in the way of their relationship. That’s so relatable for many people out there!
Isla’s best friend Kurt was a brilliant character as well. I was so pleased to see a character with high functioning Autism in a piece of Young Adult literature. I’m all about representation in literature and it was lovely to see that Kurt was portrayed as someone much more than their condition.
Isla and the Happily Ever After is deeper and feels darker than the rest of the series. It’s intense and has a much more mature feel to it. Instead of focusing on how the characters get together it’s more about how you can stay together despite obstacles getting in your way!
Would I recommend it?:
An enjoyable end to the series! It’s the most intense out of the three books, but it’s still got that Stephanie Perkins sparkle!