Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3 (Final stand-alone installment)
Genre: Young Adult
Published: August 14th 2014 by Dutton
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“Phones are distracting. The internet is distracting.The way he looked at you? He wasn’t distracted. He was consumed.”
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.
4 of 5 stars to Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
2015 Reading Challenge: A book set in a place you’ve always wanted to visit.*this is actually the second book for this particular challenge, the other is set in Scotland!*
First of all, I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I don’t understand all the complaints about the protagonists because frankly, they are the ONLY couple in the series who remained faithful to their relationship. The first two books have (mild) cheating in it if you happen to forget.
Anyway, I really love Isla. She may sound and act naive at times and she may be a lot insecure but I adore her candor and honesty. Some imply as if being insecure is a crime! Well, face it people. Not everyone is as self assured as you are. There are plenty girls who feel like her all over the world and they deserve their own happily ever after whichever time it can happen! So yeah. ISLA and JOSH DEFINITELY DESERVE THEIR OWN BOOK! Isla’s also extremely loyal and faithful and if she ever did make mistakes, she makes sure to correct it immediately and not dilly dally nor wallow about it.
Josh, on the other hand, is perfectly characterized. He has a lot of flaws and few redeeming qualities but that is what makes him amazing. He was a purposeless boy just trying get by everyday through his passion for art. I love that both he and Isla only started really LIVING after they knew one other. Josh found something to hold onto aside from his art and Isla broke out of her comfort zone. It’s like they are each other’s switch that ignited the dormant side of their selves. So again, I question some people’s argument of how these two don’t really seem main lead-worthy. I don’t know about you guys but I think that this couple is just as great as Anna and Etienne (not Lola and Cricket, no sorry. They are just… so.)
Also, I want to emphasize on the fact that Stephanie has spot on visualized the truths about friendship and its demise. Some friends, no matter how close, just really grow apart. And then you meet new people. It’s just like what they say: you lose some, you win some.
I want to applaud Stephanie. This book is a fantastic conclusion to the series. It is so much more powerful, more emotional, and more passionate than the first two books. We also get to glimpse at the lives of our other favorite couples. Although it may seem that this is a romantic book and that it may be a little to idealistic about relationships, let me remind you that not everyone got their happy ending. (And now I wonder if that character will ever get her own book as she is the representation of an unrequited love.)
I think that’s about everything I want to say. Read this. It’s really like falling in love for the first and last time. 🙂
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