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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Isla and the Happily Ever After ~Review

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Back of Book:

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, √Čtienne, 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 swoon worthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.
You know how I said in my previous post that you don’t have to read the Anna and the French Kiss series in order? Well you technically don’t….. but I would highly recommend reading Isla and the happily Ever After , after reading both Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, just because there are a few spoilers in this book if you read this one first.
Now, onto the review!
ISLA! OMG! She is probably one of my favorite lead ladies. As soon as we met her she made me laugh and shake my head a little. I don’t know if it’s because I can relate to her goofy nature or her clumsiness, but I love her. As I was reading, I kept thinking, that’s something I would do.  Josh, I kept wanting to hit upside the head and ask him what the heck he was doing. But in the most loving way possible!

I felt that this book was more realistic than some of the other YA's that I read. I enjoy SOAP and getting to be involved in the culture of France. (I read a lot of books that are set in Europe) I loved how their relationship developed slowly and not all at once. 
Josh and Isla just seem to work together so well. They are each other’s yin and yang, with the minor communication issue. Then again, what is life without some communication issues? ;) Josh is the very description of an artist, with the carefree attitude and getting in trouble along the way. What I didn’t expect was the family he belonged to. In all honesty, I think he was replaced by an alien and that’s why he doesn’t fit in with his family. But that’s okay. I love Alien Josh!
My favorite part was probably the cameos from the other characters from the Anna and the French Kiss series. Having their presence in the book just made the entire series come full circle. I loved it! Ah! So much! It was such a fast paced book too, I just felt like I was flying through it. When it ended, yes I wanted just a little more, but I was also so happy with how it ended that I felt it was complete and shouldn’t have anything added.


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