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Isla and the Happily Ever After [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Perkins
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Stephanie Perkins’s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good.” —Rainbow Rowell, Award-winning, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl

A New York Times Bestseller 


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.



Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—While the main characters from the previous books make brief appearances in this trilogy ender, this story centers on Josh and Isla, seniors at the French boarding school where Anna and the French Kiss took place. Shy Isla has always had a crush on artistic free spirit Josh, and when they finally connect everyone is happy—until Josh gets expelled and Isla destroys their relationship, reasoning that it would hurt less if they broke up now rather than later. All ends happily, though, as the title indicates. Isla is narrated by Grace Blewer, whose performance disappoints. The introverted and insecure character of Isla is read with a confident, almost strident voice, and there is not enough differentiation among the characters' voices (except for those with French accents, which are done beautifully). Despite these drawbacks, this audiobook will be a hit with Perkins's fans and listeners who enjoy Sarah Dessen's book.—Julie Paladino, East Chapel Hill High School, NC

Review

"Magical...really captures the feeling of being in love" - Cassandra Clare on Stephanie Perkins; 'Stephanie Perkins's characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good' - Rainbow Rowell; 'Best-selling Stephanie Perkins adds a new chapter to a romantic series she began with Anna and the French Kiss' -Lovereading4kids; 'If YA book lovers are looking for a swoon-worthy romance novel... Isla and the Happily Ever After should be next on your reading list. The characters are honest and realistic while maintaining a fairy tale-like essence that will keep you up all night. You will fall in love with the artistic male lead, Josh, and the ending will break you down into a crying, joyous mess' - Buzzfeed; 'This adorable YA romance is half New York love story, half Parisian romance, and fully prepared to make your heart melt quicker than a gelato dropped on a sidewalk. Between sexy English expat Etienne St. Clair, and hottie west-coast intellectual inventor Cricket Bell, Stephanie Perkins is already the creator of two of the greatest fictional boyfriends we've ever had the pleasure of sweating over. But, pssssst, you guys: you know that good things come in threes, right? Which is why we're so excited for 'Isla and the Happily Ever After,' the long-awaited follow-up finale to 'Anna and the French Kiss' and 'Lola and the Boy Next Door' - MTV; 'So, was Isla worth the wait? Do you really have to ask? I loved this book. Loved it' - Daisy Chain Books; 'I devoured it in a matter of hours and loved every single page... I cannot fault it' - Cheezyfeet Books; 'Perkins dishes up the perfect mix of full-on, bright lights Manhattan love affair with the subtle, moonlit tones of amour Parisian style as hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh are forced to confront the heart-breaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren't always forever' - Lancashire Evening Post; 'Stephanie Perkins is one of the best Young Adult authors in the world' - Emma Lou Book Blog; 'If I could rate this book a million stars I would... It was perfect! I loved Anna and St Clair, Lola and Cricket but I loved Josh and Isla the most. .. This was an incredible, beautiful end to an amazing series' - Reading Away the Days; 'A spellbinding and swoon-worthy romance novel' - Buzzfeed Books; 'A truly perfect ending to a perfect series. Hats off to the queen of sugary romance' - BookBlogBuzz; 'Dazzling and full of raw emotion...With a smooth plot, colorful characters and witty dialogue, Perkins further establishes herself as an expert writer whose career is sure to be long and full of bright things' - Top Pick

Product Details

  • File Size: 1223 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (August 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VMBPX4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading Isla and the Happily Ever After. Stephanie Perkins does a great job writing contemporary young adult romance with characters I can't help but love. For those who have like me been saying Isla's name wrong it is pronounced "eye-la". Isla and Josh's relationship was slightly rocky and had its ups and downs. Isla is insecure and unsure of the direction her life should go. Josh is the opposite and has everything figured out. They work through some of their differences together but some of their differences have to be worked through on their own.

In the end I was happy with the direction their story went.

I loved Isla's best friend Kurt and the relationship the two of them had.

As is usually the case with most young adult books I read I wish there had been a little less language and that the sex scenes had been omitted. Despite that content I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this story.

You can read Isla as a stand alone but the characters from the first two books are mentioned several times and make an appearance at the end of the book which is sure to please fans of this series. I would suggest reading the other 2 books prior to reading this one. For those who loved the first two books you are likely to love this one as well.

Rating: 5 Stars - I loved it.

Content: Not a clean read and I won't be passing it on to my teenager yet - some language including several uses of the F word, 2 short sex scenes.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection! August 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In 2010 a very good friend of mine said one thing to me that essentially changed my life. She said, ‘read Anna and the French Kiss’. Having only dabbled in reading in the past and slightly getting more into it I agreed and nothing has been the same. I have read that one book 8 times, its companion Lola and the Boy Next Door twice and most recently Isla and the Happily Ever After.

Isla was a book that I have been anticipating for years, half scared it would let down, half scared it would be amazing and leave me wanting more. Well I can tell you I was right to be scared…I WANT MORE! Holy swoon worthy fantastic batman. From start to finish it was everything I have come to expect, love and crave from the hands of Stephanie Perkins.

Isla and the Happily Ever After is the story of Isla Martin, a shy girl you catch a glimpse of in Anna and the French Kiss, and Josh Wasserstein, Etienne St. Clair’s best friend, also in Anna and the French Kiss. Isla has had a crush on Josh for 3 solid years, always on the outside looking in at he and his friends. But things are different in their senior year. Josh’s friends have all graduated and he is alone and accessible like never before. In a twist of fate Josh and Isla cross paths in an unexpected location that changes things for the both of them in ways they never could have imagined. What once seemed impossible might not be that way. However nothing is ever easy. Especially if the worse things you feel about yourself start to threaten the things you always thought you wanted. And for Josh and Isla those things might just be each other.

It’s funny because in Anna and the French Kiss you don’t really even think twice about Isla. If you haven’t read the book as many times as I have you may not even notice her.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ISLA: dfjksdldfiaugosierfsnarehtoaugio!! August 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
So, here it is. The end of a series that will be in my list of favorite series EVER 4ever. As much as I wanted to take my time and read it slowly and savor it, I ended up eating up in one big gulp. I didn't even get a bellyache! My heart did go through the wringer a bit, though. There are high highs and a low low felt like a squeeze to my heart and made moisture release from my tear ducts.

Let's start with Isla and Josh. Their story is as delicious as you'd expect. The first half of the story reminded me of Anna and St. Clair's love story in that they fall in love in Paris and wander the streets and take in all those amazing sights in the City of Light. But their story is unique.

Circumstances will test the crushes-turned-to-love that Isla and Josh find in France. And Spain. And New York City. And...I don't really want to say any more than that! I seriously think opening up this book without knowing a lot of details beforehand is the best way to open this sweet package of goodness. Just know we're dealing with Josh, a boy that knows (and has known his entire life) exactly what he wants in his life. Isla is more of the "I don't know what I'm going to do after high school" type. So, you know...they have some THINGS to work through.

Next, we get to talk about Anna, St. Clair, Lola and Cricket. Because guess what? You'll get to see them all! Perkins weaves them into the story like the master storyteller that she is. I swear my heart rate goes up by 100 beats per minute at the mere mention of St. Clair. He remains my favorite Perkins hero. Josh is a close second, though.

Lastly, lets chat a bit about Stephanie Perkins, okay? Guys. She's effing brilliant. BRILLIANT. This book is pure perfection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, Fluffy, Steamy, and Emotional
4.5 stars!

I put off reading this. I almost didn't preorder it--partially because I don't tend to buy signed books because I like to get them signed myself, and... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Rachel (Beauty and the Bookshelf)
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Authentic
Stephanie Perkins did it again! Isla and the Happily Ever After was everything I hoped it would be and more. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Samantha Londer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
Love how the characters (Isla and Josh) bring out the best in each other. Isla's growth was all due to Josh. Read more
Published 6 days ago by bookworm99
5.0 out of 5 stars It feels like I have been waiting for a very long time ...
It feels like I have been waiting for a very long time for Isla and the Happily Ever After, and this is the year that it’s finally, finally here. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
4.0 out of 5 stars I only gave it 4 stars because I love the 2 books that precede it
This book was okay. I only gave it 4 stars because I love the 2 books that precede it. I don't how the author lost her edge, maybe she should have stopped with just two books.
Published 9 days ago by K. Wandling
5.0 out of 5 stars Super sweet and UNIQUE!
This one was my favorite of the series! Isla is a brainiac and has crushed on Josh the artist forever, even during his time with the alluring Rashmi where they were famous for... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Clare Chu
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK ASAP!!!
I loved this book so much. I was sick when I started reading this book and I could not stop reading it despite how bad I felt. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Arionna
2.0 out of 5 stars and sadly was quite disappointed. Isla just didn't come alive as much...
After devouring the previous books, I was REALLY looking forward to this one, and sadly was quite disappointed. Read more
Published 22 days ago by L. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Was Isla and the Happily Ever After worth the wait? Absolutely!
I was so excited when I got this as a gift from my dad but as time went on I started to become anxious with wanting to read it. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Paranormal Sisters
5.0 out of 5 stars GingerReader22.blogspot.com Review
Isla isn't a big risk taker, she would rather read about someone else's adventure than venture out on her own. Read more
Published 26 days ago by GingerReader22
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Stephanie Perkins is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author. She has always worked with books--first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.

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