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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 c
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Hardcover, 339 pages
Published August 14th 2014 by Dutton
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Amelia Really? I couldn't invest myself in this one. I thought they were cute together, but they moved a little too fast. I felt as if the relationship…moreReally? I couldn't invest myself in this one. I thought they were cute together, but they moved a little too fast. I felt as if the relationship wasn't even developed before he was like "I love you." Which is odd for Stephanie Perkins, because I like how she doesn't do that. Overall, a little disappointed because I had high hopes for this book (since it's different from Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door in so many ways), but I was totally let down when they started moving too fast and Lola became an overprotective girlfriend. I mean, I'm not done yet, but I'm close enough to say that this wasn't my favorite book. No disrespect to you, it just didn't appeal to me.(less)
Jennifer Maloney The three girls from each of the books know each other and story 1 continues in books 2 and 3 as a side-story. Story 2 continues in book 3 as a…moreThe three girls from each of the books know each other and story 1 continues in books 2 and 3 as a side-story. Story 2 continues in book 3 as a side-story, as well. And story 3 actually begins as a side-story in book 1. So... yes, definitely read them in order or you won't understand the full emotion of everything and/or you'll get spoilers for the other stories by reading the endings before the beginnings.(less)
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Ariel
Oct 24, 2014 Ariel rated it it was ok
MY HEART IS BROKEN, BUT MY HEART IS TRUE.

Wowzapants: I have a lot to say. LET’S GET TO IT. (No spoilers.)

Let me start with the question everyone wants to know: is this your new favourite Stephanie Perkins? Unfortunately, not even close. My order is officially Anna, Lola, and then Isla.

Before I get into the meat of this all, please know that I didn't hate it. I really enjoyed most of it. I flew through the entire thing in one day. Stephanie Perkins knows how to write some truly adorable moments.
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Emily May
Sep 19, 2015 Emily May rated it did not like it
“There’s no story,” I say. “I saw you one day, and I just knew."

^This pretty much sums up the most of this book.

First, let's be clear: I enjoyed Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. They were pure romantic silliness, I know, but I liked the characters, the cute flirtations and the mindless entertainment.

When this third book was released, I bought it immediately but some negative reviews from my friends put me off. I think I always expected to return to it eventual
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Mara
Mar 13, 2016 Mara rated it liked it
Shelves: not-feeling-it
“'There's no story,' I say. 'I saw you one day, and I just knew.'”


Stephanie, I adore you, I really do. You bring me so much joy with your fluffy story-lines. But you always seem to be able to ground all the fluffiness with some maturity. This one lacked maturity. I did like it, but I just couldn't bring myself to love it.


My problem in one sentence: the setting was colourful, the characters weren't.

The setting was beautifully wistful. I mean it's hard for it not to be when it's set in a city
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Melannie :)
Jun 03, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read


*tries to pull off an Etienne St. Clair*

I CAN'T BLOODY WAIT!




Kat O'Keeffe
Aug 29, 2014 Kat O'Keeffe rated it really liked it
THIS WAS SO ADORABLE AND FUNNY AND EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED TO READ! I didn't love it quite as much as Anna and Lola, and a few aspects were kind of frustrating, but despite that, I still really enjoyed it! I actually stayed up until 6am reading so I could finish it all in one sitting! I'll talk more about it in a video soon :)
Tatiana
Aug 29, 2014 Tatiana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
Aww, two rich, horny kids (one - a stalker, another - a self-centered "artiste") are not allowed to travel around Europe without permission and have sex anywhere they feel like. How tragic!

Perkins' romances are getting worse and worse. 1 star because she can do better than this.
Sophia.
[[ DISCLAIMER: This review is going to be long ; painfully negative ; and full of spoilers. Also, I love Stephanie Perkins. I follow her blog and I think she's a genuinely great person. However, I do tend to treat books like the commercial objects that they are. So I'm not making this personal against Perkins. I am aware that it was a fucking struggle for her to write this book, and I am sorry, but I paid for it, and I was sorely disappointed. ]]

Okay let's do this.

I am part of the original rea
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars Ridiculously adorable, and a lovely, note-perfect ending to this series.

Review to come.

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The ARC is sooo pretty!



And for those interested, you can get these cute buttons + decals (and possibly a tote) by pre-ordering the book at one of these stores: http://penguinteen.tumblr.com/post/88...
Laura
Nov 08, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
I feel like I've waited a hundred years for this book. I was so excited to get my hands on it.

Now, I'm just so disappointed.

A while back, I saw some negative reviews for Anna and the French Kiss that said the book was basically a bunch of rich teenagers whining over how their world wasn't perfect enough. I didn't actually have that problem with Anna and the French Kiss. I adored Anna and the French Kiss. Everything that happened in that book (albeit I will admit that Anna seemed snobby sometim
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Claudia
Oh, book, you were so beautiful. So so perfect. I'm in love with Josh and I'm still in love with St. Clair and still think that Cricket is the most adorable thing in the world.

Maybe the romance moved a little too fast but then I remembered that for the other two books we had to wait until the end for the couple to kiss I get together or etcetera and I was more than okay with it.

Josh was such a sweetheart. I knew I would love him. I just had this feeling with him. I'm swooning just remembering
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Ariana
I really can't wait for this book and I hope to love it just as much as I loved Anna! (which btw, is quite a whole damn lot!)


Taken from the author's blog - this will be my Josh from now on :D

So, I read this today...
"Finishing Lola was the hardest thing that I have ever done. It left me mentally, physically, and spiritually barren. I was close to quitting . . . everything. It's taken me a long time to recover, and I'm only feeling like myself again now, about six months later. As I've learned wi
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Keertana
Sometimes, you can just feel when a novel is about to change your life.Islachanged mine.

Stephanie Perkins knows the deepest corners of my heart; the spaces where the darkest secrets and most tragic insecurities lie. In Anna, Lola, Isla--in them she painstakingly reveals, piece-by-piece, the fears I hesitate to lay before even those most beloved to me. But, in doing so, she reminds me that I am not alone in my swirling thoughts. To sit down and curl up with a Stephanie Perkins romance is to lose
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Whitney Atkinson
Oct 31, 2015 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it
4-4.5 ish stars

If I had to descibe this book in one sentence, it would be "typical." It's cute, and i'm sure if it's midsummertime and you're looking for something light and cutesie, this would completely fit the bill. I guess reading this back-to-back with Lola wasn't the best idea though because they were two both very predictable and light stories. I liked this significantly more than Lola, but I still gotta say that Anna takes the cake. I loved how you get to see all of the stories intertwin
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I like the cover. I just wish we got to see Isla and Josh on the cover just like we did with previous couples.

OMG! This book has softened my cold heart. I cried two times- when Lola and Cricket appeared and in the end because this book was beautiful. It wasn't as good as the first two but it was good in it's own special way.

I loved the way Stephanie incorporated her own personal issues into Josh's character. It took some courage to write a less bubbly version of herself. I got used to her easyg
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Jena
Jul 08, 2011 Jena marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishy-list
STEPHANIE PERKINS NEEDS TO WRITE STORIES FOR EVER. Because they are just PERFECT. <3
Haleema
And who am I to become without him?

That's it. That is the problem of this book. The dependence. Glorifying and romanticizing the idea of depending on someone for your happiness or well being. Not being able to imagine a life without this person. Not even acknowledging a life before you even knew this person existed. This is the entire book.

Now there was a time when I loved Anna and the French Kiss and all its pretentious characters, the fluff, and the exaggeration of teenage love. There was a t
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Shannon
Jul 04, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing
AHHHHHH OH MY GOD. 5am and I have finally finished this beauty, I could not put it down. Freaking fantastic.
Fenia
I'm crying and i'm hiccuping. and i can't see through the tears. OH. MY .GOD. You know how Voldermort had 7 Horcruxes? Well that's how i feel about books. Kind of. Its like there are parts of me,of my soul out there, and the more books i read,the better are the chances to find my Horcruxes. This book,this trilogy was that for me. I found a Horcruxe,just like with Fangirl.

I can't explain my love for this book easily,or without getting myself totally ridiculed. Well my fellow Goodreaders,i had a
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Liam
Mar 16, 2015 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
During the first half of the book I was slightly disappointed because everything was just too cliche and they fell in love so fast, I expected more from Stephanie Perkins... But then, she did it like she always does! THIS WOMAN IS A QUEEN!!! She manages to have control over my emotions with her perfect characters and writing, this book was no exception!

Isla and Josh were beyond cute and I fell in love with them from the very start (even from Anna and the French kiss!!). As I said, their relation
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Spencer
Jul 25, 2015 Spencer rated it it was amazing


“I am hard on myself. But isn’t it better to be honest about these things before someone else can use them against you? Before someone else can break your heart? Isn’t it better to break it yourself?”




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If you've read the first two books and haven't read this one yet, READ IT! If you have read it, please, someone, anyone, fangirl/fanboy with me because I need to talk about something that happened in this book! If you've read it, you'll know what I'm talking abo
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Laura
Nov 10, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing

6 Stars!

This book is beautiful. Take your breath away beautiful!

No words can describe how special this book is to me. Reading Isla and the Happily Ever After felt natural and comfortable. Like sitting down with an old friend.

Stephanie Perkins, Isla, Josh, and this gorgeous lite-up-with-life city made me want to…..

Draw
Jump on a train and go anywhere and everywhere
Eat crème brulee every chance I get!
Move
Dream, RISK, want, and love.
Fall,
Fall,
Fall in love.

My heart has never felt more alive in and
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Jamie-leigh Haughn
Jan 09, 2015 Jamie-leigh Haughn rated it it was amazing
HOW CUTE WAS THIS BOOK???!!!????

This was for sure my favourite of the three books, I loved everything about it, the setting, the characters, the love story, the integration of old characters with new, it was just wonderful! Of the three couples, Isla and Josh were by far my favourite, they were so relatable and their love story felt real and you really felt for them when they had their ups and downs. I really liked how we got to go back to Paris in this book and enjoy its magic one last time! I
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Thomas
Aug 20, 2014 Thomas rated it it was ok
I enjoyed reading my friends' reviews of Isla and the Happily Ever After more than I enjoyed reading the book itself. I have always respected Stephanie Perkins and her blog, but if you want to read positive reviews of Isla, you should click here and here. I will separate my review into a pro/con list for the sake of allowing myself to rant more easily simplicity.

Pros
- The writing: Stephanie Perkins's writing is still compulsively readable. It has a natural flow and ebb that kept me hooked long a
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Ash Reads
Mar 19, 2016 Ash Reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
first read: September 22, 2015
first reread: March 12- 19, 2016


MARCH 2016: Loooove these books so much. Even more the 2nd time around, I think. Definitely looking forward to rereading these books several times in the coming years.

I am currently having a big giveaway over on Instagram. Link is at the bottom of this review, and in my bio. I am giving away several books, including the first book in this series "Anna and the French Kiss". ends 4/10/16

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SEPTEMBER 2015: Whoa! FIVE STARS ALL AROUND!
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Sue (Hollywood News Source)


Listen to my Isla and the Happily Ever After fanmix in 8tracks. See the tracklist here.
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

I had read Anna and the French Kiss before and thought it was just good. I honestly didn’t understand the hype; I wasn’t crazy over it or anything. So I thought, Hey! Maybe the sequel wouldn’t be any different. I had lived a very peaceful life for four years and then Isla and the Happily Ever After came along. Everyone was literally raving about it. There are so many
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Reread 8/21/15: Omg. Joshua Wasserstein. You sly, sly dog. I love these books SO MUCH.


Original Review 8/18/14: This was everything I wanted it to be, and so much more. It blew Anna and Lola out of the water. Oh gosh. This book. This book means so much to me. I can't even phrase my feelings because I am just SO in love with everything about this. So much more resonant and less bubblegum-y than the first two books. It was perfect. I can't. I'm so sad the series is over, but I'm so glad it ended t
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Bethany
Jan 23, 2011 Bethany marked it as to-read
*Talks like Amanda*


OMG. This book is going to be amazing. I wonder if Josh is in there, too. I hope so...

Jessica (priceiswong)
Apr 06, 2016 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
She did it. Again.
My heart is so happy. <3
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Nov 21, 2014 Jo ★The Book Sloth★ rated it it was amazing
5 Staphanie Perkins Could Make Me Love YA Stars



Those who know me might have noticed that I don't read that much YA anymore, those who don't know me, allow me to tell you that YA is not one of my favorite genres. So you can understand that I love Stephanie Perkins SO MUCH since she has managed to write not one but THREE INCREDIBLE YA books! Three books that have made it to my favorite shelves, three books that are my go-to when I'm feeling down, three books that I want to forget just so I can red
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Ngoc
Jul 27, 2015 Ngoc rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. LOVED. IT. It was honest, real and full of raw emotions. And the best part? I understood Isla. I could relate to her. And my goodness, that ending was perfection!!
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Hi, there! I'm Steph, and I wrote ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. I also edited (and contributed a short story to) a romantic holiday anthology called MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME and its companion anthology SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS. My next YA novel will be horror—a teen slasher published by Dutton.

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“I am hard on myself. But isn’t it better to be honest about these things before someone else can use them against you? Before someone else can break your heart? Isn’t it better to break it yourself?” 360 likes
“Phones are distracting. The internet is distracting.The way he looked at you? He wasn't distracted. He was consumed.” 302 likes
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