Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Review

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 swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Published August 2014. Third in a sort of series. Check it out on Goodreads!
5 stars. 

What I liked: This book starts off like a fairy tale. The romance is amazing and I loved it. Josh and Isla are so adorable and as you read you get to know them better and fall so in love with them as individuals and as a whole. And then you get towards the middle of the book and the "thing" happens. The thing that makes the characters grow and change and it's the like catalyst or something that changes things. It happens and their happy bubble pops. And then the pieces are trampled on further just when you were hoping it would get better. After that there is the period where the characters have to try and get over their pain and move on with life, choosing whichever way they think is best to survive. Then, comes the ending. Which I don't want to talk about really, I'm afraid I'll give it away. But it was amazing. And then, as the reader, you have the book hangover where you wish it wasn't over and you just have to close your eyes and try to recover.

By the end I was incredible happy, still recovering from the catalyst and emotionally confused and tired. It's an amazing book. It tugs at your heartstrings and it's very relatable. I feel like some people may have issues with something that Isla does that pushes Josh away. I personally understand her reasons for doing it and especially at the time that she did it too. For someone who is a bit socially awkward and comes out of a trying social event with a crash into some depression it makes perfect sense. But in any case the characters are amazing and so many of the previous characters stories get tied up some too. It's great to have characters we briefly met in Anna and the French Kiss come back for their own story and then we get some other characters from the previous two books who make cameos too! I love the settings, (Paris, New York, and Barcelona) as usual. It's a great conclusion and it was lovely. I loved it.

What I didn't like: There really wasn't much that I didn't like. Yes, there is pain that the characters go through. Yes there are roadblocks and yes mistakes happen. But it all comes out alright in the end. I think that Stephanie does a great job of making the book sad and painful for the characters, yet you're still tearing through the book. You're still 100% in there with them.

In conclusion...BEAUTIFUL. I was very happy with this book, it was everything I hoped for and more. I wish I could just describe how wonderful the writing was, how alive she makes the characters feel and how beautiful some of the scenes were. But I guess you'll just have to discover it yourself ;) I highly recommend this book!

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