[Book Review #15] Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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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 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, Étienne, 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 swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Book Specifications:

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. Anna, Lola, and Isla Series #3. (Sorry, I don’t know what to call it. Haha!)

Release Date: August 14, 2014

Publisher: Dutton

No. of Pages: 352 pages

Price: 720.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Chick Lit

Book Review:

The Cover: The cover featured a silhouette of the Empire State Building, an infrastructure and/or attraction that’s located at New York City. I know for a fact that NYC was a place indicated in the story, but I found it quite disconnected with the story of the book. They spent more time together in Paris than they did in the States, so I found it so. Although, the rose symbol that symbolized something of value between Josh and Isla was relevant. The iconic Arial font inscription of the book’s title was also displayed. It was good, but I expected more from it. (4 out of 5 stars)

CONFESSION: I got this book on the day of it’s release. Yes. And I just started reading it this year. Why? It’s because I don’t want to end the series. I’ve grown fond and so attached with Anna and Lola, and I didn’t want Isla’s story to be the last. I don’t know. I’m extremely sentimental like that. Haha!

The Story: The story focused on the budding romance of Isla Martin and Josh Wasserstein. Having opposite traits and interests, the two really found love in a hopeless place. Isla, having a crush on Josh since forever, really came through with her relationship with the guy. Josh, on the other hand, had the same feelings for Isla but was afraid to admit it to anyone else. Including himself. The pair is super dynamic and unique. They’re not your usual couple with time and family problems. Having different families and all, they really are opposites, and that’s one thing that made me fall in love with their story. Their contrasts were one of the many reasons why this book was my most anticipated read. I loved how their love story started with an awkward and weird encounter. It’s just my cliche idea of how endless love stories should start. Oh, and I love the fact that Josh’s an artist and Isla was the one who didn’t know what to do with her life. It’s usually the other way around. The girl has everything figured out and the guy usually doesn’t know what to do with his life. It sparked my curiosity and made me want to read this book more and more. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.*  May we all just take a few moments of silence as we accept the fact that ETIENNE PROPOSED TO ANNA, YOU GUYS! He got on one knee! Oh my god. I can’t control the feels. It just exploded when I read that part. It was so f*cking awesome and the moment was extremely giddy. I can’t emphasize it enough. You have to read that part! And as for Isla and Josh’s happily ever after, I loved the concept of Josh showing Isla his final work. His edited drawings where Isla’s opinions were put into notion. That part really put me to tears. Josh’s effort of taking down his whole life’s work is super sweet and it really made me say “awwwww”. Everything was in its place. There was no question left unanswered except for one. What happens to Kurt now? It tickled my curiosity but somehow, I can’t seem to care because of the happy ending. 🙂 (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: If I was asked if I’m going to read this book again, I would say yes in a heartbeat. Filled with feels, romantic quotes, and massive servings of swoon, Isla and the Happily Ever After proves to be my best anticipated read of 2014 (And yes, I am 4 and a half months late in reading it). ♥ (4.67 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“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?”

“I’ve always thought the best relationships are those that are as happy and content in silence as they are in action.”

“Crushes are so awful. I wonder if they suck worse for the crush-er or the crush-ee. I consider my three years of watching Josh from afar. Yeah, definitely the crush-er.” – Isla Martin

“Take a risk. Take a fucking risk. If you keep playing it safe, you’ll never know who you are.” – Josh Wasserstein

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