I'm posting the reviews just a little out of order since I'm posting this review before Lola and the boy next door. I read them both at the same time but this one just seemed easier to write the review.
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
(Just before you start reading the review, I just wanted to say that I don’t usually go on and on about how I loved the book so this is one of those series that makes me just want to keep reading about them forever. I’m not always this crazy ;) )
This book takes place at SOAP, where Josh is now a senior. All of his friends have graduated and moved on with their college lives and he broke up with his girlfriend (as you may remember, also graduated the year before). Josh knows exactly what he wants from life and has his entire future planned out. He is on the edge of being expelled from school due to him constantly being late to class and even skipping them.
Isla on the other hand is the picture of a perfect student. She comes from a half french family and has 2 sisters, one who had graduated from SOAP already and one who is a freshman (and causes her a lot of problems). She is also shy and introverted and had always had a crush on Josh and is ecstatic when they finally connect. Her best friend for as long as she remembers, Kurt, is a year younger and they spend a lot of time together which makes Josh think that they are dating. After all the confusion is sorted out, and they finally tell each other how they feel, life could not be more perfect for Isla. But too soon, Josh gets expelled and Isla feels like her life is torn apart
The two of them meet in the most unexpected place, in Kismet, a small cafe back in New York where they’re both originally from. Then the first half of the book when both of them are back at school in Paris is similar to St. Clair and Anna’s story the year before them.
I love how the past characters from the series also make appearances throughout the book and everything is tied up with St. Clair and Anna as well as Lola and Cricket when they all decide to go to the Olympics and stop by in Paris. Even Meredith is there on vacation from her university in Rome. Something really big happens in the last few minutes of the book but I will refrain from giving spoilers but urgh, I just love the ending so much!!!!
It was also really hard for me to put down the book. I completed it within a couple hours and ~may~ have lost some sleep...whoops. So if you are one of those people who refuses to put down a book in the middle of an interesting part, I can tell you that there are no good stopping points and plan out a good chunk of time to read this. This is one of those books that makes you feel emotionally exhausted because of the romance and heartbreak it incorporates. This is also not exactly a clean read so some of the content isn’t appropriate as there are some explicit scenes that younger readers should not read. Some parts of the books also seemed rushed and I feel like it would be better if Perkins slowed the pace down just a little bit.
I just really wish that Stephanie Perkins would continue with all three of the books. I loved all three of the couples sooooo much and just want to keep reading more about their future (Again, I’m not going crazy).
I’m starting a rating system (on a scale of 10)
This was an amazing book but I would not recommend this for younger teens who may not be mature enough to handle some of the contents.
Let me know if you've read the book and what you thought about it in the comments below :)
Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.