Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After

4.01 (114,263 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.01 (114,263 ratings by Goodreads)

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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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 134 x 198 x 25mm | 320g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. line drawings
  • 9781409581130
  • 5,541

Review quote

"Magical...really captures the feeling of being in love." * Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments, on Anna and the French Kiss * A spellbinding and swoon-worthy romance novel. * Buzzfeed Books * "Stephanie Perkins's characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good." * Rainbow Rowell, Award-winning, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl * 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. * RT Book Reviews, Top Pick * A truly perfect ending to a perfect series. Hats off to the queen of sugary romance. * BookBlogBuzz *
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About Stephanie Perkins

Having always worked with books - as a bookseller, a librarian, and now a bestselling novelist - Stephanie is most usually found writing at her desk with a cup of tea or coffee, except for at the weekends where she can be found at the movies, waiting for the actors to kiss. (She firmly believes that all novels and films should have more kissing.)
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Rating details

114,263 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 39% (44,732)
4 33% (38,183)
3 19% (21,852)
2 6% (6,642)
1 2% (2,854)

Our customer reviews

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!show more
by Anatea
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!show more
by Hannah Clark
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 Iâ??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 Perkinsâ?? books is that we can see that they characters have flaws, theyâ??re not always perfect and you donâ??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 wasnâ??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. Itâ??s not a perfect book, sometimes I felt like a lot was happening at the same time and too fast, but it didnâ??t ruin anything for me and I canâ??t wait to marathon the three books and to love every bit of them all over more
by Bells C.
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