Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. The Truth Hurts....

Song Of The Moment- Broken Strings by James Morrison

9627755Isla and The Happily Ever After
by Stephanie Perkins
Release date: 8/14/14
How I got it - bought it
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Description -

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.

My Rating: 3.5 stars....I feel disappointed.

Review: I have a feeling that I am one of the only people who didn't like this book...which is fine. I want to start out by saying this isn't a horrible book, it disappointed me but I'm sure a lot of people will love it, I just wasn't one of those people.
  So...obviously this book follows Isla(eye-la) and Josh, two people we vaguely know already from Anna and The French Kiss. Isla has been in love with Josh since freshman year and he's never noticed her...until now. I gotta say my main problem with this book was Isla, I didn't like her. All three of these books have common themes; love and jealousy most apparent but they had heart, you really loved Anna and Lola, St. Clair and Cricket, for the most part I only had annoyance for Isla. Sure there were cute moments that gave me hope in this book, but so much of it was Isla obsessing over Josh and being insecure and jealous and I hated it.

Likes -
The beginning - I loved the beginning. I loved seeing Isla and Josh fall in love and I loved Isla's friendship with Kurt(her best friend) and everything about it. Unfortunately I think that after they finally get together it goes downhill.

Josh - I loved Josh, I really did. He's just as swoon worthy as St. Clair and Cricket and I loved everything about him. But I never really knew why he loved Isla. We didn't really get to see him falling in love with her or what he loved about her or...anything.

Kurt - I also loved Kurt who has been Isla's best friend forever and I really loved their friendship in the beginning, but I hated how Isla treated him after she got together with Josh. Kurt was always the bigger person though and I loved him for that.

Dislikes -
Isla - This is my biggest problem with this book, I hated Isla. Towards the end, like the last couple chapters, when she got better I liked her a little and in the beginning I really liked her but overall she just annoyed me. She was obsessive when it came to Josh, she'd been in love with him since she first saw him and I wanted her to discover all these new things about him and that there was more to Josh than she thought, but when she started to find out other things about him she got all jealous because he had this whole life before her. So I loved her in the beginning and then I stopped loving her. She was obsessive and jealous, selfish and insecure, a jerk to Kurt and it crossed my mind more than once that she was a b****.

Random things - I wish that there had been more focus on the side characters. I mean the side characters are usually so much a part of what makes these books awesome. I wanted more of Kurt and more of Isla's relationship with her sisters that was kinda just thrown in around the edges. I just wanted more.

Overall - I'm conflicted. I loved this book. I hated this book. Just so many feels and it sucks because as many good feels as there are, I have just as many if not more bad feels about this book(does that make sense at all?).

A Final Note - I guess the biggest disappointment is that my favorite part, which lasted all of ten pages?, and that was undoubtedly(in my mind) the best part of this book was the reunion. The part where we get to see Anna and St. Clair(and if you've read this can we please talk about all the feels THAT gave me?), Lola and Cricket, even Meredith, for a brief moment of completely epic awesomeness. I mean there was no doubt that this would be the best part but did it have to be so much better than the rest of the book?

Would I Recommend This? It's too much pressure I can't handle this right now!
Who To? See above^
Will I read more from this author(or series)?....Yes. I still love this author so...yes.

So have you read it yet? Thoughts? 
Seriously I need to talk to someone about this!
(p.s. I do still love this author and this series of companion novels and I still highly recommend it to anyone who has yet to learn of the awesomeness that is Cricket Bell.)

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Now if you'll excuse me I am going to go re-read Anna and Lola just to remind myself that there is still happiness in the world...


  1. This one is next on my TBR list and I really cannot wait to read it. I'm really sad that you didn't like Isla and yeah it's hard to enjoy a book when you don't like MC. Too bad. Great review :)

    1. Thanks and I hope you like/enjoy it more than I did! =)

  2. Paullina Simons, who wrote the Bronze Horseman books!

    1. Oh I have heard so many good things about those books!