The best books make you feel every emotion along with the characters. The greatest of books keeps you up past your bedtime with a repeat of "just oneThe best books make you feel every emotion along with the characters. The greatest of books keeps you up past your bedtime with a repeat of "just one more chapter". Isla and the Happily Ever After kept me up way too late, but I don't regret one minute of lost sleep.
I cried. I haven't cried over a book like this in quite a while. Sometimes I feel like I'm emotionally numb because some books just don't make me feel the emotions of the characters. I felt every one of Isla's emotions. It's no wonder, since the first two book before this one were just as amazing, in my very humble opinion. I loved everything in this book, the good and the bad.
I was really excited for Josh's book. Though it is not told from his prospective, I'm still glad I got to see his happily ever after. The tortured artist who would be attending his last year of SOAP alone, abandoned by his friends who graduated. Maybe abandoned isn't the right word, but I think that is how Josh felt. I felt bad for this kid and I was glad for him meeting Isla. Just, these two had a hard time catching a break. From weekends away, taking risks, dealing with a door that doesn't really lock, and trying to juggle her best friend who also happens to be a guy. These kids took some knocks. It was emotional and I cried. I admit it again. Luckily my husband missed the crying. He hates those parts.
The thing I think I connected with the most was how Isla felt like she was behind since she didn't know who she wanted to be. I struggled with that for a long time and sometimes even now I wonder if I got it right. Sometimes things aren't so black and white. Sometimes things just have to happen, we just need a bit more time. I remember feeling that as a high schooler and it made me feel much closer to Isla. A girl who is bright and talented and the top of her class and yet she hasn't figured it out. It probably happens more than we know, but it's nice to see a girl not have everything all planned out but still trying to decide.
It's late, and I feel like rambling, and I'll have to check this later to make sure there aren't any huge glaring errors, but I couldn't sleep after finishing this. It's a shame that I haven't had this reaction to more books this year, but I'm glad that Isla and the Happily Ever After was the first for the year and hopefully I'll find some more amazing books that I will throw away sleep for....more
I've read a few other Jennifer Echols books and I have to say that this was on par with the rest of her work. I highly enjoyed the tale and found myseI've read a few other Jennifer Echols books and I have to say that this was on par with the rest of her work. I highly enjoyed the tale and found myself hoping that things weren't as they appeared to be for Gemma.
First, I hated Gemma's supposed best friend. She wasn't a good friend at all. Most of the book I wanted to shake Gemma and ask her why she was friends with her in the first place. Addison mocked Gemma, put her down, treated her inferior all because she had one of her first appreciative glances from a guy. A guy who didn't stop at glances but had stayed behind in hopes of talking to her. So, her best friend did everything in her power to belittle her and her great accomplishment (losing weight and making the Majorette squad). But luckily, we see that Gemma isn't passive about it as she may have been in the past. But not in time for things to really get screwed up.
I liked Max. I had hoped he would step up sooner in the book and admit that he liked Gemma, not Addison. While Addison was underhanded when it came her newly skinny friend getting some guy attention, I had hoped Max wouldn't just follow blindly. It toke a bit, but I realized over half way that Max wasn't the only one who had to deal with jealousy. And for that, I hated Addison all the more.
I truly loved this, because it wasn't just about a girl who has a crush on her best friends boyfriend. It was a story about a girl who decided to stop being the butt of her friends fat jokes and do something about it. It's a story about a girl who learns that not all friends are well meaning and considerate. It's about a girl who learns to stand up for herself....more