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Isla and the Happily Ever After [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Perkins
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 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.

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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


"Magical...really captures the feeling of being in love" - Cassandra Clare on Stephanie Perkins

Product Details

  • File Size: 1223 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Children's (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: #18,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 44 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.

Source: ARC from publisher
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12 of 12 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Something about this novel seemed odd right from the beginning.
First off, the good stuff: Isla and the Happily Ever After is written in Stephanie Perkins’ cute, fluffy style that makes you want to absorb the whole book in one sitting, and you won’t even notice how quickly time flies by.

Another perk is the setting. This time, we don’t only follow the main character’s life in the charming Parisian boarding school known from Anna and The French Kiss, but we also get a glimpse at a different European city as well as Isla’s home in Manhattan. I appreciate stories that place a special emphasis on the setting, as opposed to those that are set in an unnamed, random town that has no significance to the plot.

Instead of having two characters who get together at the end of the book after a long period of struggles and complications, Isla and Josh become a couple almost instantaneously. While I appreciate Stephanie Perkins’ effort to shake up her pattern a bit, I thought it was neither convincing nor paricularly suspenseful for the readers.

At the beginning we learn that Isla has had a crush on Josh for years. They coincidentally meet at a restaurant in their mutual hometown Manhattan, and Josh takes an interest in her right away. Apart from the fact that this seemed awfully convenient, it all happened way too fast. What starts as a teenage crush turns straight into a relationship, without any nuances of them getting to know each other. That’s kind of an unhealthy base for getting involved with someone. Perkins expects you to accept Isla’s feelings for Josh without any reasons for readers to understand his appeal.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible.
This book is awful. Isla has no life, no struggles, no personhood, outside the stupid boy she's obsessed with. Gross.
Published 1 day ago by Stephanie Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review from Must Read Before You Die
So I’m a huge fan of Lola and the Boy Next Door and I was totally waiting for ages for Isla. This book did not disappoint! It was delicious to read. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Nime
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Happy Ending
I cannot explain how much I adore Stephanie Perkins' writing. I saved ISLA as a reward for finishing a goal and it was the BEST REWARD EVER. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Melanie Hooyenga
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Mia S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awkwardly Perfect and a Delightful Conclusion To The Trilogy
I cannot even begin to find the right words to explain how much I adore this final book in the trilogy. Read more
Published 17 days ago by B.A. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars A great ending.
I liked this better than Lola and the boy next door, but Anna and the French kiss was the best one.

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Published 25 days ago by Lone B Karlsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie Perkins has written another terrific novel, and I think it...
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Published 25 days ago by theblueoak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Muy bien
Published 26 days ago by Margarita Briceno
4.0 out of 5 stars happily ever after
I started this book this morning and finished it tonight. I've now read all three books - ostensibly to preview them for my 14 year old daughter. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Micki Gibbs
4.0 out of 5 stars While I really enjoyed the story of Isla and Josh
While I really enjoyed the story of Isla and Josh, I think Anna and Étienne remain my favorite couple from the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pharadei
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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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