Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Book rating: 05 Hardback Dutton

By (author) Stephanie Perkins

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  • Publisher: Dutton Books
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 36mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0525425632
  • ISBN 13: 9780525425632
  • Sales rank: 13,468

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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 Etienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

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Stephanie Perkins (www.stephanieperkins.com) has always worked with books--first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.

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By Brenna Staats 24 Sep 2014 5

Isla is Stephanie Perkin's third book that proves her to be a master of not only romance, but storytelling. I was first introduced (and convinced) to read her first book, Anna and the French Kiss, when I began blogging three years ago (in 2011!) and I've been a devoted fan ever since then! I was looking forward to Isla because although she only had a small role to play in Anna, I knew this last book in this collection was going to be incredible.

Reasons to Read:

1. Books with a feeling of nostalgia:

Very few books leave me with such a strong nostalgic feeling. But Stephanie has this way of writing that makes her readers intensely feel the same emotional roller coaster as her characters. Her books perfectly capture many of the feelings and experiences I had as a teenager, and I love that. I found it was particularly strong in Isla because Isla's awkward moments and intense relationship with Josh were so familiar to me.

2. Romantic longing:

One of my favourite feelings in the world is that period when you first realize you have a crush on someone... and then it starts to move in the right direction! It is this crazy, wild adrenaline rush and that is exactly what Isla (and Josh) experience in this book. Isla has pined for Josh for years, and we get to read about how she first approaches Josh and their friendship develops from there. But it's that rising anticipation throughout the book that kept me hooked!

3. Revisit some of our other favourite Perkins' couples:

I love how Stephanie includes little cameos of characters she's written about in previous books. It's so fun to get to see glimpses of how their lives turned out, and I think that this is especially true in Isla and the Happily Ever After. Because this book is the end of this three-book collection, it seems like so much more than just the potential of a "happily ever after" for Isla - it's as if it's the happily ever after for Anna, Lola, and even for us as readers.

I can't sing the praises of this book enough. Isla and Josh are adorable. They're also flawed, and kind of stupid at times. Which is fine, because I've done silly things as well. I truly wish I could crawl inside the pages of this book and live in Paris with Anna and Isla and do my makeup and get dressed up with Lola. Because we would be best friends, even if they are fictional.

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Praise for `Anna and the French Kiss `and `Lola and the Boy Next Door` `Perkins's debut surpasses the usual chick-lit fare with smart dialogue, fresh characters and plenty of tingly interactions.` --`Kirkus`, starred review `Absorbing and enjoyable.` --`Booklist` `Very sly. Very funny. `Very `romantic. You should date this book.` --Maureen Johnson, `New York Times `bestselling author of `13 Little Blue Envelopes `and `The Name of the Star` `A swoonworthy romance [with] a cast of unforgettable characters . . . `Lola and the Boy Next Door `is another unputdownable read.` --MTV.com `Smart and sensual, `Anna and the French Kiss `is everything your heart is longing for. You'll want to live inside this story forever. More, `s'il vous plait`!` --Lisa McMann, `New York Times `bestselling author of the Wake Trilogy `You're going to fall in love with `Lola and the Boy Next Door`. Madly in love! Every page sparkles.` --Sarah Mylnowski, author of `Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)` and the Whatever After series