Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3 (but can be read as a stand alone)
Published: August 14, 2014
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.
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
You can purchase a copy on Amazon.com