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Isla and the Happily Ever After [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Perkins
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 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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"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: #5,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 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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10 of 10 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
Format:Hardcover
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
4.0 out of 5 stars The turmoil that Isla goes through to find her happy ever is poignant
The turmoil that Isla goes through to find her happily ever after is poignant,sad and happy at the same time and of course there is the happily ever after at the end.
Published 3 hours ago by Cheryl Swales
5.0 out of 5 stars Omg
LUV LUV LUV your books hope you write more :) :) !! Plz plz plz plz do !! I read all your books and I loved them all !!
Published 5 days ago by cutie
4.0 out of 5 stars Final Chapter to a Winning Series
There is a Curse of the Trilogy. Sometimes, the middle book serves only as a bridge from the first book to the third. It's full of explanations and set up, but not much happens. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Audrey Wilkerson/Ink and Page
5.0 out of 5 stars I swallowed Isla and the Happily Ever After, I’m so full with much...
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I had read Anna and the French Kiss before and thought it was just good. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Sue @ Young Adult Hollywood
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Esther's Ever After
Isla is Stephanie Perkin's third book that proves her to be a master of not only romance, but storytelling. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Brenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Read all of the books! This series is so cute. You could read them alone but it's a better experience all together. I'm 24 and adore this author style.
Published 8 days ago by casey campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Long distance relationship
It's been awhile since I read Anna and Lola so dipping back in to the world Stephanie Perkins created was fun but I probably would have been more nostalgic if they were fresh in my... Read more
Published 9 days ago by T. Geo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My daughter liked it.
Published 12 days ago by Eagles Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale that will leave you crying, then swooning, then grinning from...
I was very excited to read this book. I have truly loved this series. I love how the characters are all interwoven but each story is hugely different from the one before. Read more
Published 14 days ago by thecovercontessa
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 3rd book!!! Loved it, really.
Loved the characters in this book. For me, this is my favorite of the series. I think teenage girls will swoon over this love story. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Courtney Nielsen
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Stephanie Perkins 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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