Review: ‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’ by Stephanie Perkins

Review: ‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’ by Stephanie PerkinsIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Published by Dutton Juvenile on August 14th, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
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.

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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.

reading progress



To be good at anything you have to practice. (7)
The more things change, the more they stay the same. (19)
I like smart girls. (83)
I like that you’re tiny. I like that I could carry you around in my pocket. (100)
It must be difficult to remember when your brain is smaller than your penis. Which, rumor has it, isn’t that big in the first place. (129)
I root for the best athlete in each event. They don’t have to be American or French. (233)
You can’t tell a girl she looks like a holiday. (241)
I am hard on myself. But isn’t it better to be honest about these things before someone else can use them against you? (274)
I am patient and forgiving. Just not with myself. (289)





  1. Filia Oktarina

    November 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Looking forward to read this book. Thanks for reviews 🙂

    • giselle

      November 15, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      Hope you like it Filia! You’re welcome

  2. Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder

    November 14, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Oh, I love this book so much! Hands down, it’s my favorite this year. Well, that and Anna because I love Anna, too! Awesome review, Giselle!

    • giselle

      November 15, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      Definitely one of my fave contemporaries. Perkins sure know how to write cute stories. Thanks Joy!

  3. Cali W.

    November 10, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Good review. I still like Anna and the French Kiss more. 😉

    • giselle

      November 15, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      They’re all great books!

  4. Tiffany (AboutToRead)

    November 9, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    I was a bit of a black sheep with this one because I didn’t like Isla and Josh together. I did really enjoy reading it though because Perkins is such a great writer. Also loved Kurt 🙂

    • giselle

      November 15, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Black sheeps are so unpopular, but that’s okay. I loved Kurt too

  5. Megan McDade

    November 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I loved this series I just picked then up this year and fell in love with them. Isla is my fave book of the series!

    • giselle

      November 15, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      It was so cute!! AHH

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