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Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After
Stephanie Perkins
Dutton, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From 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.

Hooray, it’s finally here!

First, and most importantly, I absolutely LOVED THE ENDING. It was so sweet and perfect.

The only thing that concerns me about this book is what will Stephanie Perkins do next? This is it for the trilogy! Eeps!

Ok, now that we’re done with that, I liked this book. It wasn’t amazing like Lola and I think I liked Anna better, too but it was fun to read.

As I was reading, I was imagining Isla as Stephanie Perkins. I wonder if that’s why she felt she had so much trouble getting it right - was she telling her own story in a way?

Isla had a lot to learn about herself, and I understand that, but the storyline wasn’t as unique or has as realistic of a feel as Perkins’ other work. It had more of a romantic comedy storyline, so I felt like I knew the story already, whereas with Lola and Anna I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

So overall, it was better than most books I’ve read but not as good as Anna or Lola. And honestly, Anna and Lola are tough to beat - even for the author!

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