I smile up at him “It’s beautiful. But what comes next?”
“The best part.” And he pulls me back into his arms. “The happily ever after.”
I have been saved! Hallelujah!
For those of you who read my post last week, you are well aware of the fact that I was in a book slump. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t motivate myself to pick up a book and read. Luckily I’ve been cured, and the source of my sudden recovery is none other than Stephanie Perkins’ new book Isla and the Happily Ever After! As in the case of Anna and Lola, I just couldn’t get enough of Isla! I LOVED IT!
The novel focuses on hopeless romantic Isla (pronounced Eye-la) and cartoonist Josh, both of whom were secondary characters in Anna and the French Kiss! Having crushed on Josh from afar since her first year at the School of America in Paris, Isla always assumed that the source of her affection didn’t even know she existed. After a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, however, the two begin to grow close, and romance is soon in the air. Of course, their journey to love is far from perfect, and several challenges arise threatening to tear the couple apart. The result is a sweet romance that had me furiously turning the pages to find out what would happen next!
As in the case of Perkins’ other books, Isla and the Happily Ever after does a great job of creating realistic characters that the reader can’t help but cheer for. Isla’s uncertainty about the course of her future is something that everyone deals with at some point in their lives, and it made her character all the more relatable. Likewise, Josh’s fear of being alone is an anxiety that I personally remember going through when I was teen. These insecurities and worries made the characters feel more true to life, and I loved getting to watch them grow and mature throughout the course of the story.
One of my favourite aspects about the whole book, however, is the way that Perkins seamlessly interweaves the three books together into one brilliant conclusion. It wasn’t only a “Happily Ever After” for Isla, but also for the readers, who get to catch a glimpse into the lives of all their favourite characters at the end. While the ending was happy, it was also bittersweet. I’ve adored all three of these books and their characters, and I hate that this may be the last time I’ll see them. As far as I know, Perkins doesn’t have any future plans of picking up this series where she left off, although I’ll be praying to the book gods everyday that she does! At least the good thing about books is that I can read them again and again, and I certainly plan on revisiting Anna, Lola and Isla many times in the years to come!
Bottom Line: Read this book if you are looking for a cute and sweet romance. If you haven’t already read Anna and the French Kiss or Lola and the Boy Next Door, then I highly suggest that you start at the beginning of this series! It’s absolutely fantastic!