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Isla And The Happily Ever After

by Stephanie Perkins

Penguin Young Reader Group | August 19, 2014 | Hardcover

Isla And The Happily Ever After is rated 4.8333 out of 5 by 6.
“Stephanie Perkins’s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good.” —Rainbow Rowell, Award-winning, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl

A New York Times Bestseller 


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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.58 × 5.78 × 1.18 in

Published: August 19, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Young Reader Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525425632

ISBN - 13: 9780525425632

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!!! MUST READ!!! <3><3><> I have been dying to read this book, and it is amazing!! I definitely recommend this book, and is great for people who love John Green books. So sweet and perfect. I have found a new favourite series!!! The way it wraps everything together is perfect!!! OMG!!
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a great ending! I knew that this book was going to be big and when I read the first two books set in Perkins' world, I knew I would like it. Thank goodness I did. Got to fangirl over the books once again and not being the perpetual black sheep. This follows Isla who appears in the first book. Having a major crush on Josh (when he was with another girl) didn't help her at all. But once she reconnects with Isla during the summer break, they end up being more than friends. What an ending for these characters! I just love the special cameos from the previous characters that included Anna, St. Clair, Lola, Cricket and the rest of the gang. Isla has the whole love lorn girl down pat. She is wholly a person who very insecure which is refreshing from the confidant Anna and Lola from previous books. I liked her a lot. She was very real, and reminded me of well ME when I was younger. Insecure, shy and bookish, a total introvert who kept close to herself. Josh was a true romantic at heart, and the fact that he wrote a comic about his life seemed so much more artistic and real than any of the other love interests. I really liked how aloof he could be and not so in your face. Perkins has this wonderful narrative quality about her characters and Kurt was no exception. He was a wonderful secondary character and he reminded me a lot of one of my own friends. I also found it hilarious that Isla's parents named their children after the places they were conceived. Having the cover set in New York City, I thought the whole book would be there, but it wasn't and was a little disappointed until the setting was moved to Europe. Not only Paris, but to Spain. Viva Espania! That was pretty much the only thing that bothered me about the entire book. This one is a definite re-read for years to come because I'd love to get lost in their cute little love stories. There's just something about Stephanie Perkins' characters that make them so lovable and larger than life. They seem real and their personality always bursts out of the pages..Except Isla. She's the introvert, the one who I could have related to when I was younger, and that makes it all the more memorable. Highly recommended, you will enjoy reading this as much as I did.
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars, The Happily Evere After This book is the third book in the Anna companion series and it was a long time coming, this book has been pushed back a couple of times but it was worth the wait, I will say that this one was not my fav Anna still is but this book still had the awesome cute quality that Stephanie Perkins does. My favorite scene in this book was when Anna, St Clair, Cricket and Lola were together with Josh and Isla it was sooo awesome. Overall this book was great again not my favorite but it was worth the wait. :0)
Date published: 2014-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Isla is Stephanie Perkin's third book that proves her to be a master of not only romance, but storytelling. I was first introduced (and convinced) to read her first book, Anna and the French Kiss, when I began blogging three years ago (in 2011!) and I've been a devoted fan ever since then! I was looking forward to Isla because although she only had a small role to play in Anna, I knew this last book in this collection was going to be incredible. Reasons to Read: 1. Books with a feeling of nostalgia: Very few books leave me with such a strong nostalgic feeling. But Stephanie has this way of writing that makes her readers intensely feel the same emotional roller coaster as her characters. Her books perfectly capture many of the feelings and experiences I had as a teenager, and I love that. I found it was particularly strong in Isla because Isla's awkward moments and intense relationship with Josh were so familiar to me. 2. Romantic longing: One of my favourite feelings in the world is that period when you first realize you have a crush on someone... and then it starts to move in the right direction! It is this crazy, wild adrenaline rush and that is exactly what Isla (and Josh) experience in this book. Isla has pined for Josh for years, and we get to read about how she first approaches Josh and their friendship develops from there. But it's that rising anticipation throughout the book that kept me hooked! 3. Revisit some of our other favourite Perkins' couples: I love how Stephanie includes little cameos of characters she's written about in previous books. It's so fun to get to see glimpses of how their lives turned out, and I think that this is especially true in Isla and the Happily Ever After. Because this book is the end of this three-book collection, it seems like so much more than just the potential of a "happily ever after" for Isla - it's as if it's the happily ever after for Anna, Lola, and even for us as readers. I can't sing the praises of this book enough. Isla and Josh are adorable. They're also flawed, and kind of stupid at times. Which is fine, because I've done silly things as well. I truly wish I could crawl inside the pages of this book and live in Paris with Anna and Isla and do my makeup and get dressed up with Lola. Because we would be best friends, even if they are fictional. Hardcover purchased.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Perkins Isla and Josh have gone to the same school for years but have never really known each other. That all changes their senior year, after a random meeting in a coffee shop in New York sparks something that follows them to school in Paris. I would say this was my favourite book out of the series(but I might be biased by how Isla got her name). It took everything I loved about the first two books and combined them into something I spent all night reading. I liked the little glimpse we got of Isla in Anna and the French Kiss, but now, in her own book, she really stood out as a character I loved. She was shy and a little awkward, protective of her friends, and she had no idea what she wanted to do after high school. I really liked that this was an ongoing issue throughout the book and the school year instead of being glossed over. I loved Josh in Anna and the French Kiss, I felt for him being younger than all his friends and having to do senior year alone. The more we found out about Josh in this book, the more I felt for him. I really did enjoy everything about this book. The characters had depth and flaws and struggles and all those things were reasons why Isla and Josh worked so well together, and why Isla?s friendship with Kurt was so memorable, why I can remember Isla?s sisters names(besides the cute name story) even though they played pretty minor roles. If Anna was discovering the touristy Paris, Isla was all about the secret spots only locals know about. This book could easily stand on its own so a reader doesn?t have to read Anna or Lola to understand the story(but should because they?re awesome). Unlike the first two where the struggle was more about the couple actually getting together, Isla and Josh?s struggle was more about the work it can take to make a relationship last, the accepting of other friendships, past relationships, any and all outside forces that wish to keep them apart. I loved it all. One last note: beware, this book could cause a book hangover. Proceed with care.
Date published: 2014-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome YA Contemp Well this has been one of the most anticipated books in the blogosphere. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised when my pre-order came early and after a pretty sad, tragic day for me I was happy to start it right away.It didn't take me long to get right into the story and I finished it in less than 24 hours. I may have stayed up until 3am to finish it. I was a little nervous that I wouldn't like this book as much as Anna and the French Kiss or Lola and the Boy Next Door but let me tell you, I liked this book the best. Perkins did not disappoint and I will forever buy every single piece of writing this woman puts out. The novel is a contemporary YA story following Isla (that's Eye-la, not Iz-la) and Josh. Both hail from the great NYC but attend a boarding school in Paris, France. The very same boarding school from Anna and the French Kiss. Josh and Isla both made their debut in Anna but Josh had a more predominant role. He was still a secondary character and it was very nice to read more about him and delve into his life. I fell in love with both of these characters. Isla is slightly insecure and has trouble making friends. Her one true friend is Kurt, whom she has known since she was a child. Kurt has high functioning autism, otherwise known as Asperger's, and is a great side character. I mean the guy is named after Kurt Cobain. I grew up listening to Nirvana so there's no way I wouldn't like this character. Also, speaking of character names- Isla is named after Prince Edward Island. This is one of Canada's treasures and I have been lucky enough to visit there for the past 2 summers. Thanks for the Canadian shout out Ms. Perkins. Joshua is the son of a man running for Senate. He is artistic and most of this friends graduated the year previous. The two fall for each other but things get a little complicated in their relationship. I can't say much except that this is the perfect read for the summer. You get glimpses of NYC, Paris and Barcelona. Perkins has a way of writing characters that you adore. They aren't perfect and polished; they have their flaws but that just makes them all the more realistic. It is not only the main characters but also all the secondary characters that make this book well rounded. While I grew frustrated with Isla's sister Hattie for most of the book, by the end of the book she was endearing. We also get a few cameos from our favourite characters from the previous books. I may have gotten a bit teary during some of these scenes. I quite enjoyed this book and I think that if you like contemporary novels with a cute storyline and beautiful settings then this is the book for you. This book is perfect for the beach because it is light and fun. I can't wait to see what Perkins comes up with next.
Date published: 2014-08-11

– More About This Product –

Isla And The Happily Ever After

by Stephanie Perkins

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.58 × 5.78 × 1.18 in

Published: August 19, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Young Reader Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525425632

ISBN - 13: 9780525425632

About the Book

Falling in love in the world's most romantic city is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year at the School of America in Paris, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to deal with the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren't always forever.

From the Publisher

&#147;Stephanie Perkins&#8217;s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good.&#8221; &#151;Rainbow Rowell, Award-winning, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl

A New York Times Bestseller&#160;


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, &#201;tienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love&#151;set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona&#151;is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins&#8217;s beloved series.

About the Author

Stephanie Perkins (www.stephanieperkins.com) has always worked with books&#151;first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.
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Editorial Reviews

"Stephanie Perkins is the Jane Austen of our generation. Her stories ache, soothe, and leave you breathless with joy; there''s true magic in these pages — it''s an experience you won''t soon forget." —Tehereh Mafi, author of the bestselling Shatter Me series. "Fans of literary heart flutters will love it." — Booklist "Realistic characters, spot-on dialogue, and a truly delightful romance make for a novel that will delight the author’s fans and win her legions of new ones . ” — School Library Journal , starred review "Engaging teen characters with page-turning love lives offer ample vicarious pleasures.  A satisfying dose of first love’s physical and emotional thrall ." — Kirkus Reviews “Dazzling and full of raw emotion... With a smooth plot, colorful characters and witty dialogue, Perkins further establishes herself as an expert writer whose career is sure to be long and full of bright things.” — RT Book Reviews , Top Pick Praise for Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door : "Perkins’s debut surpasses the usual chick-lit fare with smart dialogue, fresh characters and plenty of tingly interactions." — Kirkus Reviews , starred review "Absorbing and enjoyable." — Booklist "Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book." --Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Name of the Star ̶
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