Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Read By: Grace Blewer
Length: 8 hours and 37 minutes
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.
I had the advantage of reading this series only after all three books were released, therefore when I saw Isla mentioned in Anna and the French Kiss, I got super excited about the fact that she’d be coming back into the picture in a later book! Okay, I’ll admit, I was also super excited because this most likely meant that we’d be returning to Paris, a setting that I absolutely adored.
I liked that this book started out so happy. Isla liked Josh, Josh liked Isla, things were wonderful, and it was all heart eyed emoji’s and love! While I knew that this was going to be short lived bliss, (what kind of book would it be if it all just worked out perfectly with no bumps?) I still liked the glimpse into the Isla/Josh relationship before the drama started. It gave me hope, and kept me rooting for them. And speaking of the Isla/Josh relationship, TOTALLY SHIP IT. At first I was concerned that Isla was a bit too shy for Josh, but he really helped her to break out of her shell, and after learning more about Josh (see below!), my concerns were totally unfounded. These two characters complimented each other so well, and it gave me all the feels.
Josh… totally loved him as a character! When he was introduced in Anna and the French Kiss, he was a rebellious, “don’t give a damn about anything” character that we didn’t get much back story on. All we knew was who he was dating, that he skipped class a lot, and that he loved to draw. Don’t get me wrong, I liked him in the first book, but loved him in this one, because it proved that he was SO. MUCH. MORE. I finally understood why he was the way that he was, why he did the things that he did, and I just wanted to wrap him up in a bear hug most of the time.
After reading Lola and the Boy Next Door, I assumed that we’d be getting cameos of the star couples in this, and of course I wasn’t disappointed. Though the inclusion of Anna, St. Clair, Lola, and Cricket weren’t as abundant as the cameos that Anna and St. Clair had in Lola they were still enough to satisfy me and make me squeal in delight. I’ll avoid saying more about how they’re included to avoid spoilers, but just know, it’s great!
Anyways, I’m really happy with this conclusion. I’ll admit that I’m really sad that the series is over, and I wish that Perkins would continue to write more (there are totally more couples we could put together from the books, I’m sure of it!), but my REAL desire is an “in the future” book where we can see where each of the couples from the series are!
This is my official request to Stephanie Perkins to please publish an “in the future” book. PRETTY PLEASE! With sugar on top…
Were you as into the Anna and the French Kiss series as I was? Who was your favorite couple from the series?