Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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— BLURB —

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

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— MY REVIEW —

To be honest I thought it was just alright.

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I loved Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door but this one was a little lackluster for me. Even I couldn’t believe how I was reacting to this story whilst reading it.

⚠ WARNING WARNING WARNING ⚠

READ AT OWN RISK!

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It started off great – thought it was going to be just like the previous two in the series but by the time I got to the middle of the book I was getting a bit annoyed by Isla and Josh and their whole situation that was going on. I don’t know what it is really. Maybe it’s the fact that sometimes I thought Josh wasn’t serious about Isla or maybe it’s the way Isla changed when she started dating Josh that I didn’t really like..? I can’t pinpoint it to just one thing that made me not like the storyline as much.

But I am glad the pace picked back up in the last 10 chapters! *phew!* I love the part where Josh and Isla were both back in America, trying to keep in contact. They’re determined. I’ll give them that! Lol. The part with Josh’s manuscript was really touching (the second time round at least… the first time I was thinking the exact same thing as Isla. Like what the!??)

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Some of the content in the book is definitely for mature minded readers because there’s a lot of kissing and non-stop touching and sex. (To the point where I just wanted to skip past it coz there’s points in the book where Josh and Isla can’t keep their hands off each other and it goes on for a while that you get sick of reading it).

The beginning and end were the definite highlights of the book for me. It doesn’t have as much humour as the previous books which may be another reason as to why I favoured this one the least. It wasn’t as light-hearted as the others. I think it needed some humour in a few parts to lift the mood up. Surprisingly I did get teary during their breakup (the feels were on high reading this part. I was bawling my eyes out – I just felt sorry for them both).

If this book wasn’t in a series and just a standalone book… then yeah I would say it was a great read but the problem is I can’t stop comparing it to the others, which is a pity coz loving the first two made this final one seem like I hated it. Which I don’t. It’s still pretty nice! 😊

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I still recommend this book to YA readers who like Contemporary/ Romance books. And I highly recommend the series in general!

RATING: ♥♥♥½

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📚 Read my reviews for this series!

(In reading order)

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Book One: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Book Two: Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins


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Happy reading! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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