Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Published August 14th, 2014 by Dutton.
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 swoon-worthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series. (Goodreads)
This companion series by Stephanie Perkins is so strong. They are YA contemporary romance stories that are sure to make you smile. Isla’s story was quite different from the previous books because very early on the couple professes their feelings for one another. Anna pined after her beau, Lola rekindled with an old flame, but Isla is infatuated with Josh as Josh is with her. They quickly become a couple so I was curious how the story would progress to keep my interest. Instead of focusing on them falling in love or becoming a couple Perkins showed the struggles of being a couple. You have to remember these are teenagers so some of the scenarios can seem teen angsty but honestly, it all worked so well. It will remind you of your high school crush and all the high school drama that none of us miss.
The characters were done really well the struggles and relationship seemed believable. I liked that Perkins threw in some family dynamics and I also loved the cameos from our other couples. It was great seeing what they were up to. Paris seems like such a romantic city and being able to venture there in these stories was such a treat.
Josh was such a great character and I think I especially liked him because he was an artist. I wish some of his drawings and even his memoir would be brought to life because I would definitely be interested. His drawings were described so vividly and sound so beautiful. I was rooting for their relationship the entire time, but it wasn’t an easy one. I also really loved Kurt, Isla’s best friend who was high functioning autistic. He was funny and I just wanted to be best friends with him too. Yeah, the books are a bit typical, but the stories are endearing. If you’re looking for a sure-fire romance story that’s easy to read check these books out. I rated Isla and the Happily Ever After 5 stars.