Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla

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. (Goodreads)

I am weeping tears of… I don’t know what! Happiness because this book was beautiful and genuine, sadness because the series has ended! What am I going to do now?

I love the fact that Stephanie has gone for characters that we have met and loved before rather than introducing new ones. I think this always and will always ensure a deeper bond between the reader and the book because we recognise what we are reading and can only fall deeper in love. Add to that Josh. Swoon worthy gentleman number three! I really wanted to know more about Josh in Anna, but obviously that book was about Anna and Etienne, so not so much Josh. He is amazing! Sure, he has his skeletons, but who doesn’t? I loved the fact that he was the son of a politician, we don’t see this sort of thing very often and we don’t see the effects that it can have on the children.

Isla. I love Isla. I felt everything she felt. I have taken every step that she took when it comes to self image and I have been in the same sort of position where that sort of thing can destroy a person. I love how truthful Stephanie managed to get it. I genuinely felt the love that they both had for each other, I could feel the heart beating faster and I even cried when they split. Literally.

I enjoyed the fact that Stephanie took a look at mental illness. We don’t see this subject very often because it is often considered a taboo subject, but she has taken it and tackled it with ease. Kurt is Isla’s best friend who also has Autism. He can’t tell when people are joking and when not, he cannot detect sarcasm and he loves routine. What I love is how he managed to break routine and some of the things he was doing simply through the help of new and old friends. I love the fact that she represented both those people who are unaccepting of a mental illness and those who accept it and work with it.

The Gang got back together!! Isla, Josh, Lola, Cricket, Anna, Etienne and Meredith! They all got back together one last time and I loved it and lapped up every single second. I don’t want to give too much away, but that ending was perfect. Thank you, Stephanie, for entering my life and making it a much happier place with you beautiful writing skills! Please write more!!

I would definitely recommend this series and, for once, this book is worth every bit of hype that it is getting! I LOVE it!

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