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Isla and the Happily Ever After [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Perkins
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 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


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

About the Author

Stephanie Perkins worked as a bookseller and a librarian before becoming a novelist. She is now a bestseller in the US and Australia and has a huge online following.

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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 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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11 of 11 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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9 of 9 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful--and I adored her previous two books
*Sighs. Hitches up ranty pants.*

Settle in, friends, this is going to be a long one, and there will be spoilers. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bookphile
4.0 out of 5 stars Another charming read
This was a perfect story to get me through my work week. I immediately connected with Isla and reveled in her finally approaching and then dating Josh, the object of her 3-year... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Liv
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great
Don't have any buts with this book, or the other two. The writer always manages to get me and I've waited anxiously for Lola and now Isla to come out and can't say I am... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is absolutely amazing. I loved every single thing of it and...
This book is absolutely amazing. I loved every single thing of it and the details make you feel so into the story. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mariela
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing the spark of the previous two titles.
I am definitely in the minority here not feeling totally blown away by this book. I absolutely loved both Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door so I was eagerly... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Debbie's World of Books
4.0 out of 5 stars It felt like a cliché book with a cliché ending and was...
It felt like a cliché book with a cliché ending and was certainly a let down, especially coming from the author who wrote Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the... Read more
Published 15 days ago by ridhisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but not a fan of the romance.
There has been so much anticipation and hype around Isla and the Happily Ever After. While I read it very quickly and enjoyed Stephanie Perkins ability to tell a good story, I just... Read more
Published 16 days ago by AboutToRead
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite of Perkins' books, but still solid!
Oh, how I desperately wanted to love this book! The first book in Stephanie Perkins' trilogy of companion novels, Anna and the French Kiss, is one of my all time favorite novels. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Kate Lansing
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect YA Book
Isla and Josh were the perfect YA couple. I enjoyed their shy smiles, their awkward conversations, and most of all their sweet love.
Published 17 days ago by Lori (Ficwishes)
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another great book by Stephanie Perkins, like visiting old friends.
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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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