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Isla and the Happily Ever After by [Perkins, Stephanie]
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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

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A New York Times bestseller!

"Stephanie Perkins is the Jane Austen of our generation. Her stories ache, soothe, and leave you breathless with joy; there's true magic in these pages — it's an experience you won't soon forget." —Tehereh Mafi, author of the bestselling Shatter Me series.

"Fans of literary heart flutters will love it." —Booklist

"Realistic characters, spot-on dialogue, and a truly delightful romance make for a novel that will delight the author’s fans and win her legions of new ones.” —School Library Journal, starred review

"Engaging teen characters with page-turning love lives offer ample vicarious pleasures. A satisfying dose of first love’s physical and emotional thrall." —Kirkus Reviews

“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.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick


Praise for Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door:

"Perkins’s debut surpasses the usual chick-lit fare with smart dialogue, fresh characters and plenty of tingly interactions." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Absorbing and enjoyable." —Booklist

"Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book." --Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Name of the Star

“A swoonworthy romance [with] a cast of unforgettable characters . . . Lola and the Boy Next Door is another unputdownable read.” —MTV.com

"Smart and sensual, Anna and the French Kiss is everything your heart is longing for. You'll want to live inside this story forever. More, s'il vous plait!" —Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of the Wake Trilogy

"You're going to fall in love with Lola and the Boy Next Door. Madly in love! Every page sparkles." —Sarah Mylnowski, author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) and the Whatever After series

Product Details

  • File Size: 2001 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 014242627X
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (August 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VMBPX4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kathy Habel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 17, 2014
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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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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*Sighs. Hitches up ranty pants.*

Settle in, friends, this is going to be a long one, and there will be spoilers.

I'm feeling it now, the part where I'm too old for this sort of thing. Oh, I remember what it was like to be a teenager. I was involved in a very tempestuous relationship at the time, and I felt all the things Isla feels here, but now I see it for what it was: melodramatic wangst. My reasons for disliking this book are numerous, but the never-ending, self-indulgent, relentless wangst of the whole book was by far the most painful part.

In this book, two privileged teenagers mope and fret and fall into a deep depression because they can't have what they want: each other. And why can't they have each other? Why, because of reasons, of course! Reasons, reasons, and more horribly contrived reasons. I'll break it down: none of it makes sense. They aren't together because the story demands that they feel all kinds of torment during a good stretch when, really, all they needed to do was talk to one another and straighten everything out. It could have been over in the matter of an hour, but then the book wouldn't have that long stretch of mopey misunderstanding, would it?

The thing is, I might have cared about all this moping had I cared about the characters, but I didn't. Not one bit. I absolutely adore the previous two novels in this series, which are admittedly just as melodramatic at times. But the characters in those books felt like real, three-dimensional characters with thoughts, feelings, and dreams. By contrast, Isla is THE most annoying female YA character since Bella Swan. She has no personality of her own, no dreams, no drive, no desire. As she dramatically tells us, she is a blank slate. You know what?
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