Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Dutton (August 14th 2014)
Hardcover: 339 pages
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.


I had mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I really liked it and on the other the romance in this book was just a little super quick for my liking. I wished we got more of a build up between Josh and Isla like we did for Lola and Cricket, although we knew that Lola was in denial about Cricket the whole time she was dating Max. It wasn’t instant per say, but Isla’s and Josh’s relationship felt that way. Anyways, I loved getting to know more about Josh and Isla from Anna and the French Kiss. While I wished that it had been new characters, I liked getting an in-depth look at Isla and Josh. They were ridiculously cute, though like Isla I sometimes questioned about their romance while reading the novel because it just seemed too good to be true. Isla was funny and I liked her right away from the moment we are introduced to her. While she did sound like Luna Lovegood, she had a reason for it and running into Josh…I can sympathize with her being mortified after. Who doesn’t want to look good in front of the guy they’ve been crushing for the last three years or so? Anyways I swooned and gushed right there along with Isla.

While events from Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door were mentioned, Anna and St. Clair didn’t make an overwhelming cameo like they did in Lola and the Boy Next Door. In fact, while I did find their appearance a bit annoying because they appeared a bit too much in Lola, I missed them in this book (halfway through the book I was screaming I was PROMISED cameos…where are they??). They were perpetually mentioned throughout Isla and the Happily Ever After and just when you think they’re not going to be in there, I did like seeing a closure for their love story and getting caught up with the other characters. With that kind of ending I WANT an epilogue or 20 years later or something. Isla and the Happily Ever After was a quick read that was filled with a ton of feels. I shed a few tears towards the last few chapters not because the series is ending, but of the events that happened. For some reason this book made me think a lot about what the author was going through when she wrote this and I felt that she was channeling them into Josh. I mean there were times that it was a bit dark…maybe that’s the wrong term, but it’s still the light fluffy book. Isla is the end at Josh’s tunnel (so sorry I’m being a bit cheesy here) because while all of Josh’s friends are moving on, I liked seeing Josh wasn’t alone and that Isla made an attempt, even though she pushed her best friend away in the process. There are old faces and new faces and I loved how the events from Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door are all tied up together.

While I was partial with the ending, I am happy that we finally got to read the end of the series and  like all series that are ending this year I felt satisfied with this one.

Author: Jackie

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

  1. I agree w/ the mixed feelings & being satisfied on this one. A good wrap up, but I don’t feel too sad. More to come! The book had flaws but was funny at moments. A lot of erm, sexual tension?

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