Isla and the Happily Ever AfterPaperback
- Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 24mm | 315g
- Publication date: 14 August 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1409581136
- ISBN 13: 9781409581130
- Illustrations note: illustrations (black and white)
- Sales rank: 210
The cafe is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: "Josh!" His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me. And then...he blinks. "Isla?" Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins's beloved series.
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Stephanie Perkins worked as a bookseller and a librarian before becoming a novelist. She is now a bestseller in the US and Australia and has a huge online following.
By Anatea 31 Aug 2014
I just realized that I've never actually reviewed Anna and Lola. Since I didn't review the first two books, I wasn't going to review this one either, but then I thought about it, and decided that it's not up for discussion. I DO have to review Isla to make up for not reviewing the previous two books and telling everyone about the most amazing books ever (okay, most amazing books ever after Harry Potter). If there is still a person who hasn't read Anna and Lola, I suggest you not to waste time on reading my review, but go and pick up yourself a copy of Anna and the French Kiss and read the awesomeness! Than you can come back and thank me later for making you read these books!
Stephanie Perkins is a very special author for me. She's one of the very few whose books I can read whenever I don't feel like reading and they'd make me feel better. When I'm reading one of her books I just get that happily ever after feeling. Everything feels better. Her characters, her adorable stories, everything just makes you happy.
Isla and the Happily Ever After is a little bit different than Anna and Lola. While in the first two books we had to wait until the end for them to figure out their feelings and kiss, Isla and Josh are pretty straight forward. They admit their feelings pretty fast, and from there, we get to read about the most adorable relationship ever.
Until . . . the insecurities come in. Isla is insecure about many things. She's not sure what does she want of her future, and when she has to spend some time apart from Josh, she starts doubting him and their relationship. This wasn't my favorite part of the book, but it made to book seem more realistic. We get the feeling that they're an actual couple, and not some imaginary couple made up in heaven. But speaking of favorite moments, there was a LOT of them, but if I have to pick one, it's when Anna & St.Clair and Lola & Cricket made an appearance in the book. I was sooo happy to see them again and to get some kind of closure in the end.
We have the cutest couple, the most romantic city in the world, amazingly adorkable story, and probably one of the best authors - which means, yes, I'd recommend this book!
By Hannah Clark 29 Aug 2014
The perfect ending to one of the most amazing series I have read in a while. It was so good, I just couldn't put it down!
We briefly met Isla in 'Anna and the French Kiss', and now we get to see her senior year at SOAP unfold. Cue Josh, Rashmi's ex from Anna, and their love story evolves quickly with Paris, New York, Barcelona and Washington all significant.
Kurt, Isla's best friend, is a great new character and a quiet favourite of the book. He is protective of his best friend, with the usual debate about friend vs boyfriend and how much time you are spending with each of them apparent at points.
St. Clair, Anna, Lola, Cricket and Meredith return with one of the best surprises of all occurring at the end, in a significant spot. I could not contain the happy feels!!
I love how Perkins' writes, and these books will be read by me, and my friends, for years to come. I just wish they were movies!
By Bells C. 18 Aug 2014
The third and final book on this companion novels trilogy, it feels great to finally read some more of Stephanie Perkins work.
In Isla, we get to see more of Paris, giving us a warm feeling from Anna, when we got to know about SOAP and have the first glances of Isla and Josh. But we get more than Paris, we get to see a bit of New York and Barcelona - now IÃ¢??m the way I was when I finish the first book, dying to meet Paris, but also Barcelona, and wanting to go back to NYC so badly.
One of my favorite things on PerkinsÃ¢?? books is that we can see that they characters have flaws, theyÃ¢??re not always perfect and you donÃ¢??t always love them. But you want to follow their development as people, because they feel real.
Each character has their own voice, Anna, Lola and Isla are very unique, each one of them have their own way to show their emotions, to tell their stories.
Kurt is an amazing character and I really wish I got to know him better, but it wasnÃ¢??t a book about his life. Their friendship was written as a friendship is: with high and lows, but one always being there for the other.
ItÃ¢??s not a perfect book, sometimes I felt like a lot was happening at the same time and too fast, but it didnÃ¢??t ruin anything for me and I canÃ¢??t wait to marathon the three books and to love every bit of them all over again.
"Magical...really captures the feeling of being in love" - Cassandra Clare on Stephanie Perkins; 'Stephanie Perkins's characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good' - Rainbow Rowell; 'Best-selling Stephanie Perkins adds a new chapter to a romantic series she began with Anna and the French Kiss' -Lovereading4kids; 'If YA book lovers are looking for a swoon-worthy romance novel... Isla and the Happily Ever After should be next on your reading list. The characters are honest and realistic while maintaining a fairy tale-like essence that will keep you up all night. You will fall in love with the artistic male lead, Josh, and the ending will break you down into a crying, joyous mess' - Buzzfeed; 'This adorable YA romance is half New York love story, half Parisian romance, and fully prepared to make your heart melt quicker than a gelato dropped on a sidewalk. Between sexy English expat Etienne St. Clair, and hottie west-coast intellectual inventor Cricket Bell, Stephanie Perkins is already the creator of two of the greatest fictional boyfriends we've ever had the pleasure of sweating over. But, pssssst, you guys: you know that good things come in threes, right? Which is why we're so excited for 'Isla and the Happily Ever After,' the long-awaited follow-up finale to 'Anna and the French Kiss' and 'Lola and the Boy Next Door' - MTV; 'So, was Isla worth the wait? Do you really have to ask? I loved this book. Loved it' - Daisy Chain Books; 'I devoured it in a matter of hours and loved every single page... I cannot fault it' - Cheezyfeet Books; 'Perkins dishes up the perfect mix of full-on, bright lights Manhattan love affair with the subtle, moonlit tones of amour Parisian style as hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh are forced to confront the heart-breaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren't always forever' - Lancashire Evening Post; 'Stephanie Perkins is one of the best Young Adult authors in the world' - Emma Lou Book Blog; 'If I could rate this book a million stars I would... It was perfect! I loved Anna and St Clair, Lola and Cricket but I loved Josh and Isla the most. .. This was an incredible, beautiful end to an amazing series' - Reading Away the Days; 'A spellbinding and swoon-worthy romance novel' - Buzzfeed Books; 'A truly perfect ending to a perfect series. Hats off to the queen of sugary romance' - BookBlogBuzz; 'Dazzling and full of raw emotion...With a smooth plot, colorful characters and witty dialogue, Perkins further establishes herself as an expert writer whose career is sure to be long and full of bright things' - Top Pick