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
(I did somehow resist the urge, but it was not easy. Of course I ended up reading and finishing the moment I woke up)
Review: Oh god, how am I going to write this review without A) squealing and swooning like a child and B) not repeating the lovely things everyone else has already said about this book. This author. This series. IT’S ALL PERFECT. I don’t have any idea how Stephanie Perkins can write very typical young adult romance books but have them be so different, so original, and so amazing. First off, Isla was different because the two characters, Isla and Josh, started their relationship fairly early in the book. It was not about how they came together, but how they stayed together and how their relationship grew. In both Anna and Lola, the couples took some time to get their shit together and make it work. The books were devoted to that general storyline. It was nice to see Isla and Josh get together so early, but that lends itself to problems too. I knew that there would have to be some conflict to give the book some more substance. As much as I would love for them to have no problems and start their happily ever after immediately, it wasn’t super realistic that a relationship as dynamic as theirs not have some problems. I won’t give much away, but when the “conflict” came up, I was pretty annoyed with Isla. She was being whiny and self-loathing; she had absolutely zero confidence in herself. I found myself relating to her a lot though. Even though she was bugging me, I could still understand where she was coming from. (That factor alone is what gave this one 4.5 instead of 5). Regardless, Josh and Lola were adorable. I wouldn’t expect anything less from characters created by Stephanie Perkins. I JUST WANNA BE FRIENDS WITH ALL OF THEM OKAY? Why didn’t I go to school in Paris?!?!?! Ugh. BUT the reunion between all of the couples/old friends could not have been more perfect. Jesus.
For real though. So worth the wait. I totally teared up. It was a beautiful way to tie everyone back together for the final book. Isla and the Happily Ever After was more mature than the other books. Yes, I mean in sexual ways. Nothing too graphic or inappropriate; just very swoony and perfect. In a lot of other books or contexts, their relationship could come across as that annoying insta-love us bloggers hate so much. It was so much more than that. Isla had been in love with him from afar for so long and their relationship developed quickly but reasonably. Some of their first conversations were so adorably awkward and genuine. I couldn’t be happier with the way this series ended. I can’t get over it. I’m surprised I’m actually able to type my thoughts right now.
Final readalong thoughts: If my other reviews and the MILLIONS of other fabulous blogger reviews for this series haven’t gotten you to read it yet, you’re missing out and you better get going. This Isla Is Coming readlong was a great excuse for me to finally read a series I’ve been eyeing for a long time. I would see the books at B&N and always be tempted, but hadn’t ever heard much about them. This was obviously before I began blogging and saw the many, many positive reviews of the books. When I came across the readalong, I knew it would be the perfect first “challenge” for this blog. It’s been amazing reading all the reviews and following other bloggers during the readalong. Thanks for the support so far, everyone! xo