| BOOK REVIEW | ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER BY STEPHANIE PERKINS

isla and the happily ever afterIsla And The Happily Ever After
Author : Stephanie Perkins
Series : Anna And The French Kiss (Companion novels)
Genres : contemporary, young adult
Publication : August 2015 by Speak

Goodreads’ synopsis : 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 √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

That being singular is the exact thing that makes something or someone amazing.

Isla Martin is in love with Josh and has been since she first saw him. She is a perfect student but is suffering from a serious lack of confidence. Plus, she doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. Which college to choose, what major etc.
Josh is quite the opposite. He knows what he wants to do and now his plans are all involving Isla because he can’t imagine his life without her. Before her, he was the lonely artist, because all his friends have left for college, far from Paris.

But her doubts kills it all. When she comes to realize how big was her mistake, I couldn’t put the book down.
Kurt is the best friend, left in a corner, somehow kind of forgotten. And realizing what she did to him made her change.

Their love story is really cute. You can totally see they’re made for each others. But this book is about more than just a romance. Isla is a girl who doesn’t love herself so she is unable to let someone love her. She has to take risks, to get to know herself and someone to trust herself. I kind of recognized myself in Isla. This lack of self confidence. That could have been me.
It’s also about friendships, relationships you’re trying to mend which is really nice to read about.

The ending is cheesy but that is more than okay because it was so so good. A big happily ever after for everyone. I loved it so much.

Stephanie Perkins’ books are really awesome. You can feel the characters’ feelings. You can relate to them so easily. That’s utterly brilliant.
Thank you Stephanie Perkins for your beautiful words.

Your footwear tends to run on the exceedingly tall side. You know we all know you’re short, right ? It’s not, like, a secret.

Okay, maybe Isla and I have more in commons than just a lack of self confidence !

5 stars

It was one of my most anticipated releases for last year.

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