Isla and the Happily Ever After
Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibil...more
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. ...more
“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 eventu ...more
“'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 ...more
Perkins' romances are getting worse and worse. 1 star because she can do better than this.
Okay let's do this.
I am part of the original rea ...more
Review to come.
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... ...more
Stage one: hope.
Stage two: anger.
Stage three: depression.
How do I even explain to you how excited I was to reread this?! I’ll try, I guess. Gotta ~set the scene~.
Anna and the French Kiss is THE guilty pleasure book for me. I’ve read it probably 3 times, and it still makes me feel all lovey-dovey whenever I pick it up. (That feeling ...more
If there's one thing I never expected to happen while reading Perkin's marvelous works, it's for me to curl up in bed and clutch my pillow with all my life as I sniffled away.
But here I am doing that anyway.
It's not for the reasons you may seem to think though– it's honestly really just the fact that I'm never going to be reading about these characters I've come to adore SO MUCH ever again, and coming to terms with that has left my emotions spazzing all over the place.
But wow. Stepha ...more
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 somet ...more
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 ...more
✘ Isla's best friend, Kurt?
✘ CRINGEY instalove
✘ The characters were such crybabies
✘ CRINGEY banter
✘ The plot? was ALL OVER the place
✘ CRINGEY relationship moments. ALL OF THEM.
✘ I’m confused
✘ CRINGEY writing style
STAND-OUT SCENES INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
✘ "I've desired/loved him for 3 years but he never noticed"
✘ "l'm wrong, he felt the same!"
✘ "He's my bf now, YAY!"
✘ “I hate my b ...more
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 ...more
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 los ...more
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...more
There's also those series that you wish would end because they've gone too far, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
When I first saw that this book would be about Josh and Isla, two characters that have first been introduced in AATFK, I must say that I wasn’t too excited about it. He just didn’t seem to be a very interesting character in the first book but I think I had that impression because you just didn’t le ...more
I do enjoy young adult romance- no secret but it’s a different matter when a book has nothing else but romance in it-that I’m not a huge fan of. I’m afraid and I regret to say that for me, Isla and the Happily Ever After falls under that category.
Despite the awful love triangle, I have to admit that I still liked Lola and the Boy Next Door and despite the soap opera vibe of the Anna and the French Kiss, I could honestly say that it’s still my favorite of the three. I’m not sure what happened w ...more
This instalment takes place between two characters, Isla and Josh who attend the same boarding school in Paris. They are both characters that have been previously mentioned in Anna and the French Kiss. It is their senior year and they wallow through the struggles of love, the future, insecurities, friendships, balance and happiness.
I gave Isla and the Happily Ever ...more
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 ...more
Welcome to whatever this.....thing is!
✎ Chapter 1: (meet cute)
---Aren't Isla and gang basically a bunch of teenagers with first world problems. Girls are whiny and annoying(because stereotype) having cute-boy-won't-notice me syndrome and boys are sweet and cute and lovely and artistic and lovely and charismatic and funny and hawt and kind and everything and say quotes worthy sentences example “I don’t care about anything. But I care about you.”
There is a chance we might g ...more
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 ...more
“There's no story,' I say. 'I saw you one day, and I just knew.”
I started Isla and the Happily Ever After with pretty low expectations. After reading Anna and the French Kiss and absolutely loving it, I picked up Lola and the Boy Next Door and absolutely hated it. This one turned out to be in between. I quite enjoyed it, but it wasn't as cute and good as Anna and the French Kiss.
I would describe Isla and Josh's relationship as cute and annoying at the same time. Some parts I was grinning lik ...more
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 ...more
Isla was not as good as Anna but way better than Lola. I enjoyed returning to Paris, but some of the magic in Anna was lost.
Out of all the guys I liked Josh the most. It was interesting to read about how the relationship between the protagonists unfolds - in comparison to them usually having the first kiss on those last 50 pages. I really liked th ...more
“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?”
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 a ...more
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