It all started late night on Friday August 1st where it appeared my friend had received her pre-order of Isla and I was in Delaware on a mini vacation. *cue the sulking and freaking out* As I stared at the picture I was an emotional roller coaster…this was it! FINALLY! I had pre-ordered from the same book shop, showing my indie bookstore love, as my friend did and was looking at the possibility of going home to my very own copy of Isla and the Happily Ever After, my happily ever after!!
HA! I know it’s cheesy but I’ve been waiting. If you’re reading this and you’re a Stephanie Perkins fan, you’ve probably been waiting too. It’s been a little over two years or maybe it’s three years, that I’ve been excited for the last installment of the series to be published. Not going to lie, I fangirled when I opened my copy–I won’t deny it. It was so pretty. So complete. And I had to wait again to start it.
Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton, a Penguin group
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Pages: 339 pages, hardcover
Received Copy: Pre-order copy …thank you Malaprops for sending me a copy early!
While participating in the #IslaIsComing blog tour, I started Anna’s reread and as then I read faster and was now in the middle of my Lola reread when I decided NOPE. And because I’m crazy, I continued on racing through Lola to get to Isla….so here goes:
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
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 did enjoy the novel overall! In reading about Isla getting her happily ever after I did have a few concerns with the storyline. In this book we got to learn a lot more about Josh who was a main character in Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie’s first novel in the companion series, and we discover tons of insight to the girl with the red hair who was caught drawing Josh’s tattoo…Isla. Back for their senior year, Isla and Josh embark on journey of love and loss and in the process finding themselves.
Things I Liked:
I was so ready to go back to Paris, where it all began, and Isla and Josh took us to more wonderful places that hadn’t been explored in the first book. Secret spaces with secret doors, world traveling, and historic favorites.
…was a total hottie! I still have a number one spot in my heart for Etienne St. Clair but Josh is most definitely up there. He’s got the bad boy routine down but also shows his sweet side and he pays attention to more than he leads on.
– the EASTER EGG…
I guess that’s what it’s referred to as but some of the past comes back for this book but shhh! don’t say anything more *personal favorite part*
– the heat…
there was WAY more *ahem* heat in this book that I was sort of anticipating and it was HAPPILY delivered
Things I didn’t like:
– the pace…
The relationship of Isla and Josh starts off at a nice and normal progression and then blossoms into something that feels rushed and all-consuming and I just wasn’t very sold. This is definitely a departure from her first and second where there was a lot of build-up for the two to get together which was good and bad. Semi believable but you were dying for it to happen!
I did like her character after a good portion of the book but in the beginning there’s a bit consumption of Josh. I guess because I’ve had obsessions with guys it never was taken to that level so maybe it missed me in getting to relate to her. Although it has been like 10 years since I’ve been in that teenaged mindset so I might be looking into this too much.
Other than these few issues the book is a fantastic edition and a must buy! I’m also going to reread it again. Mainly because I want to read it at a steady pace. I’ve had this book on a pedestal for a while so now that I know what to expect it’ll be nice to go back and read for enjoyment not because an OMG-I-HAVE-THIS-BOOK-FINALLY-IN-MY-POSSESSION attitude, lol!
Linz aka The Kid xx