Monday, December 8, 2014

Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins @naturallysteph

Isla and the Happily Ever After is a melt your heart romance.

Isla attends The School of America in Paris. So does Josh, a guy she's had a crush on since she laid eyes on him when he was a freshman. But Isla is shy, and Josh is out of her league.

They accidentally meet one day, and begin a conversation. Things move on from there (not easily, however.) Josh is a "bad boy" at school. A rule breaker.

Isla and Josh, once they get together, fall head over heels. But all is not easy. They must withstand a long distance relationship with almost no contact. This is too much for Isla. She makes a big mistake.

Yea, Isla is a bit stupid. But, I think it's pretty realistic -- she has insecurities and has never really been in a serious relationship before. Josh ticked me off too. Taking too many risks, and almost losing everything. But that's the drama of the story, right?

Will these two get their Happily Ever After? You'll have to read Isla and the Happily Ever After to see.

If you enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door you will certainly want to read Isla and the Happily Ever After. The characters from the other books are mentioned a few times and make an appearance at the end of Isla, though it isn't necessary to have read those books. But why wouldn't you?? Perkins has a knack for teen romance -- she gets the feels just right. You won't be able to put it down.

Published by Dutton Juvenile, August 14, 2014
Copy obtained from the library
339 pages

Rating: 4.5/5

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  1. I haven't read anything by Perkins yet. I really need to, I think!

  2. i am having trouble getting students to chekc out this book. I think it is the unfortunate cover or title that turn them off. Are you having any luck with your students?

    1. I do like the "old" covers better. The first two I have with the old cover. A romance should have romantic people on the front, right? I've only had the book about a month and it hasn't moved much. I'm hoping that reading the other two will make them want to read this one. Thanks for visiting!

  3. It took me a while to warm up to Isla, but after I got over my issues with her it was smooth sailing for me. I didn't like this one as much as Anna or Lola though, but still enjoyable.

  4. Amazing review! I have yet to check out this read. Hopefully I do like it, I'm not a fan of the last two books though.

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

  5. Glad to see you enjoyed this one. I love Stephanie Perkins' work and really enjoyed this one too. Who is your favorite Perkins' leading lady? I'm most fond of Anna.

    1. Loved Anna the most. I think I might like Isla better than Lola, but that might be because I just read her story. And I love the Paris setting. Really enjoyed all of them.


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