Really Really Short Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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Welcome to Really Really Short Reviews were the name is long and the reviews are short! Because sometimes short is that much sweeter. (Also, because I’m really lazy!) And there might be quotes too (lots and lots)! (Because everyone loves quotes, right?)

Isla andf the Happily Ever After - Stephanie PerkinsPublisher: Dutton (August 14th 2014)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Series: Anna & The French Kiss #3
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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.


You know it’ll be a fun book when there’s a chapter like this:

“Ohmygod what the hell did I do last night?????????”


Isla & the Happily Ever After is everything you would expect from a teen rom-com – the meet-cute, the bit of insta-relationship, the misunderstanding, the teen angst, the grand gesture, and of course the overly cute happily ever after. (With a bonus of some of our favourite characters).

It was a fun read with a lot of cute scenes:

“Those shoes are insane,” he says.

I wiggle my red feet. “Maybe they were a bit much.”

“Your footwear tends to run on the exceedingly tall side. You know that we all know you’re short, right? It’s not, like, a secret.”


“I like that you’re tiny. I like that I can carry you around in my pocket.”

(See below for more cute moments)

But also a few downfalls: I wished they were in Manhattan more, Isla and Josh were pretty cute but a bit insta-love and the Isla is a bit juvenile.

All and all, a cute ending to a cute series.

PS. You can check out Jackie’s FULL REVIEW of Isla HERE!


“Josh grins. “Just give me your hand.”


“Your hand,” he repeats. “Give it to me.”

I extend my shaking right hand. And-in a moment that is a hundred dreams come true-Joshua Wasserstein laces his fingers through mine. A staggering shock of energy shoots straight into my veins. Straight into my heart.

“There,” he says. “I’ve been waiting a long time to do that.”

Not nearly as long as I’ve been waiting.”


“Why did you want me to dress warmly?” she asks. “Are you taking me to a Siberian prison?”


“Abandoned research station in Antarctica?”


“You’re taking me to practice for our two-person skeleton race at the Olympics.”


Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

0 Replies to “Really Really Short Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins”

  1. Isla did feel young to me, which was fair enough because she’s in high school. There was also a lot of romance drama for my taste. But I have enjoyed these companion books so much!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. Very true, she didn’t have a lot of life experience, haha.
      Glad to hear the series was enjoyable for you!

  2. I have yet to read this series. I know a lot of people love it, though. I haven’t been much in the mood for YA, especially Contemp YA. So I’ll probably hold off a little longer.

    1. They’re perfect for when you’re in the mood, (but probably can be frustrating if you’re not, haha). Hope you enjoy them when you do get to them 😉

  3. Aw, it sounds super sweet! x) I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews for it around the blogosphere though…which really makes me sad. I was really hoping on another astounding Perkins’ book!! STILL. I will read it, I’m just waiting till my library gets it in so far.

    1. Yeah, definitely been seeing some mixed reviews. It’s still enjoyable (and worth reading)! You just need to be in the mood for it . There’s lots of cute parts 😉 Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

  4. This one sounds so totally adorable and I love the quotes that you picked out, Josh sounds so cute! I’ll have to pick this up when I feel like I’m in a light mood, in fact I need to catch up with Anna as well.

    1. Josh is quite adorable (though a bit emo, aha). It’s lovely see Anna and the rest of the crew 😉

  5. I NEED TO READ ANNA. Because damn those quotes are cute and I need cute right now, the only thing is I don’t have Lola, so I guess I’ll have to wait because I’ll obviously NEED to read the others straight after. But Ha, chapter 2! Yup, you really know it’s going to be fun with that. 😉

    1. Ha, hopefully you get Lola soon than! They’re perfect cute fluffy reads (:
      I love Chapter 2, haha.

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