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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3

Publication: August, 14 2014 by Dutton



Goodreads Summary:

"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."


I have to say that this is my favorite of the three. I just felt so much more emotional connection to the story and the characters, it brought me to tears at times.

Isla is a character I could really identify with. Her insecurities and apprehension about the future are things that I have experienced, so I did feel a special connection with her.

She seems sweet and innocent on the outside, but definitely has vitality and vigor. I really enjoyed learning about her and seeing her grow and come into her own. Isla is definitely not perfect, but she goes on a emotional journey. I loved seeing how her relationship with Josh helped her overcome obstacles.


This story felt very real for me. I think it depicts a more realistic relationship along with the issues that accompany it. Josh is a great character as well. It was wonderful learning more about him since he was in the first book as a side character. He definitely has his personal issues and, again, his relationship with Isla does help him overcome these.


Josh and Isla have a beautiful connection and their story is very moving. They have their ups and downs, but ultimately they both learn what is important.  I absolutely adored seeing their growth personally and together.


Another thing I love is the setting. This book takes place in Paris, New York City, and Barcelona. The scenes are beautiful and I couldn't help but be captivated by them. Also, being that this is the final book, seeing everything come together in the end was so heart-warming, but bittersweet at the same time.


The characters from the previous books make an appearance and I shed some tears of happiness at seeing everyone together. 

This book just really hit home with me and touched my heart. So many wonderful things happen, and even though there are some dark times, the characters work through it. It makes the happy times all the more beautiful.

I laughed in this book, I cried, it has a little bit of everything. There are issues beyond the romance that make it more realistic and touching. I quite enjoyed Isla's best friend, Kurt, he really added something special to the story. I love the attention Stephanie Perkins gives to the details and side characters in her books. This book just really blew me away. It is a fantastic conclusion to this trilogy.


*I was sent a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*