Monday, September 22, 2014

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins [Review]

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)4 out of 5 Robots!

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release: August 14, 2014
Hardcover:  339 Pages
Publisher: Dutton
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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, √Čtienne, 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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Let me preference my review with that Stephanie Perkins writes incredibly fun and readable books.  I feel that needs to be said because I think this whole series is on a higher plane of contemporary YA books.  The settings are great, the characters are interesting, the romance is swoony, and the banter is a lot of fun.

But, I have to say this was probably my least favorite out of the three.  And I think the main reason is that I felt it fell into a lot of the typical YA troupe traps and it frustrated me.  I was fairly on board with Isla and Josh from the beginning.  It was fun, it was swoony, you know?  And things got a little steamy in Barcelona and then the ish hit the fan and I was still on board.  But just kind lost its way a bit.  Isla goes from being this cute, perky, madly in love girl to a jealous, insecure and irrational person. All the drama that happens is created purely by Isla.  And I HATE that in books.  Just. Talk. To. Each. Other.  Isla feels she isn't good enough for Josh, but there isn't really anything to back that up.  And when I really stop to think about Isla, I don't really know anything about her.  So I couldn't really understand where her sudden insecurity was coming from.   I just expected better, I guess.

I know it sounds like I am harping on this book a lot, but I do hold this series to a higher standard.  The bar was set really high with the first book and in comparison, this one doesn't really offer anything different than most other contemporary YA's out there.  But I'm still rating it 4 stars because it is still completely readable and well written.  You can't go too wrong with Stephanie Perkins.

Other Books in the Series:
1. Anna and the French Kiss
2. Lola and the Boy Next Door
3. Isla and the Happily Ever After

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