Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Purchased from Audible)
Synopsis from Goodreads. Full book details here.
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.
This book was adorable from start to finish. It kicked off with what is one of the cutest scenes and the cuteness just did not end throughout the entire book. What a great ending to the series!
I loved this book for a combination of reasons: the love story, the characters, the interactions. I swear I had tiny little hearts floating all around me as I read this book.
I want to say that Isla is my favorite heroine in this entire series, but I think it is more Isla and Josh together that made me love her so much. Then again, I’ve loved Isla since her brief appearance in Anna and the French Kiss. When I initially saw she had her own book, I was super excited about it.
The pacing in this story was perfect. It absolutely flew by for me, yet it didn’t seem rushed at all. It didn’t take any time at all to pick up. I was hooked right from the start and there were zero lulls as I was reading. I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next.
I really enjoyed many of the other characters in this book, though not as much as I did in the previous two books in this series. Likely because this was so Isla-and-Josh-centric, that we didn’t really get to know Isla’s family too well. It didn’t really bother me too much, not getting to know her family as well, but I do wish there was a little more about Kurt, Isla’s autistic best friend. I really wanted to learn more about him and their friendship.
Anyway, If you are in the market for a classic story about an epic love, I highly recommend Isla and the Happily Ever After.
Audiobook Performance: 2 Stars
It is a wonder that this audiobook reader didn’t ruin the entire book for me. And that is something to be said for the book itself since the reader sounded like a robot and I could rarely differentiate between Isla and Josh through many scenes!
Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars
All the butterflies in all the world swarming in my belly through 90% of this book.
Re-read Worthiness: 4 Stars
If I wasn’t so excited about my recent book haul, I’d probably be listening to this again. However, the books in my queue are really exciting, so my obsessive reread will have to wait.
Bookshelf placement: Heck yeah!
I absolutely need this entire series on my shelf. I love the cover design and I just love this whole series.
New Top Book Boyfriend: Probably not
Though I love Josh’s personality, like I mentioned before, what made the romance aspect of this book so great was the two characters together. Separately, they are fine, but together they are perfect.