Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Page Number: 352
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
5 out of 5 stars
This is my favorite book from this series and it’s just so cute I’m fricking smiling to myself and having heart palpitations. o m g. Coherent thoughts, Aubrey. Get it together.
Isla and the Happily Ever After follows Isla as she finally gets to be in a relationship with the boy of her dreams. Her crush for over three years, Josh. He’s been friends with Etienne and the gang from Anna and the French Kiss for forever and was dating the same girl for two years. He is finally single, but shy Isla doesn’t know how to talk to him. She gets nervous and overthinks everything (#relatable), but when she’s hopped up on drugs after getting her wisdom teeth removed she finally talks to him…. and he starts falling for her.
I literally can’t express how cute this was. Yes, it was typical. Yes, it’s a very classic and somewhat cliche romance book. BUT, I couldn’t get enough of it. Oh man who do I get my thoughts together for this one.
I loved that the romance started right away. I love that this relationship happened quickly. I love that there wasn’t any apologizing when it came to them having sex. It felt so organic and real. This book felt the most realistic out of all the books of this series to me because it was so… frantic feeling. In the best way possible.
Isla has been in love with Josh for three years and her crush is MAJOR, so I loved that they pretty much started dating right away. It’s a romance book after all, I want the romance to happen. The majority of this book took place in the first month of them being together and it felt so real. Yes, I can be here for a slow burn romance, but a fast paced one is so refreshing every once in awhile. I love that they confessed their love early, because sometimes you just know.
I love that they didn’t make it such a big deal about having sex. I think everyone can choose what they want to do and when they want to do it, but I think so many young adult books apologize for containing sex. I can’t even express how refreshing it is to read about two people in love without a bad consequence in that regard! They weren’t shunned by their friends. They weren’t looked down on by their parents. They were happy and loved and it was just so nice. It was a healthy and safe relationship.
I related to Isla in so many ways. She was such an over thinker. Just. Like. Me. It sucks because it’s so hard to balance it because most of the time the other person you’re freaking out over literally doesn’t even give the conversation you’re obsessing over a second thought. I can speak from experience lol. I do think that she got annoyingly angry at Josh, but hey it all worked out so it’s fineeeee.
Everything was going way too smoothly the first half of the book, so you knew something bad was going to happen to ruin it. I kind of called it because they decided to take an unauthorized trip to Spain but didn’t think about telling the right people to not report it to whoever. Obviously something was going to go wrong. But there was a somewhat steamy sex scene which was cute and safe and just the right amount of detail.
Of course they’re going to get back together because why wouldn’t they. Again. YA contemporary. But I was kind of convinced near the end that it wasn’t going to happen. I’m SO glad that first inkling was wrong because it got SO MUCH CUTER. yay aww.
The characters from Anna and Lola showed up! And we saw Etienne propose to Anna which was quite possibly the most adorable thing I’ve ever read.
These books just read like a movie. I could see the whole thing unfolding in my mind and it was so vivid in detail. I think this is one of my favorite series of all time because it’s just so damn cute. I know cute is the word of this review, but there’s no other way to describe it!
This is one of those books that you get the ‘have to kind of hold your breath but try and breathe at the same time without making stupid girly aww cute noises.’ I know you know what I mean lol. I mean I hope you do. But DAMN SO GOOD.
I love this series and will FOREVER recommend it to everyone who needs a new book. Please read it; you will be grateful.