Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3)
By Stephanie Perkins
Publication date: Aug. 14, 2014
Dutton, 339 pages
Source: Borrowed the galley from a lovely book friend
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
— Goodreads.com description
AHHH I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS.
GOOD feelings (albeit complex) for those of you who were concerned. I’m happy to report that Isla and the Happily Ever After is well worth our wait for it.
Because I fail at organizing my thoughts, here they are at random:
– Stephanie Perkins is hilarious
– I loved Kurt
– I will never ever ever send my kids to boarding school
– This book is more ADULT than I remember the other being and yes I mean that in the ALL CAPS way
– Barcelona is described perfectly; Stephanie Perkins so wonderfully captures setting in her stories
– Josh cries a lot (not judging, just observing)
– The romance is really overwrought, but um, that’s sort of the point; I mean, look at the title of the book
– There were about 100 things about the book and the romance specifically that, as I said above, would have driven me INSANE were it not so damn well done
– Most of this was a big ole case of Old Lady Syndrome, especially when Etienne and Anna came back into the picture
– But again, it was like “This should be bothering me but it ISN’T so maybe Stephanie Perkins is a sorcerer because I don’t know what else explains it”
– PS: I don’t remember Cricket and Lola being so OUT THERE; I still love them best
– Even though I definitely don’t love some of her other characters, Stephanie is so fantastic at making me “get” them — which I think it more important than loving them
Wow. This was probably a very un-useful review if you couldn’t follow my train of thought. To sum up: Did I love every little thing? No. Did I love the sum of those parts? Absolutely. If you wanted to you could pick it apart, but the writing is so superb and the tone so perfect that it overwhelms anything else. You guys will not be disappointed.