Published: 14th August 2014
From glittering Manhattan to moonlit Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. Until they are forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
Stephanie Perkins is one of the best Young Adult authors in the world. From her captivating and addictive characters to the enchanting scenery to the fairy tale plot, there is nothing wrong with her books. In case you’ve missed what the fuss is all about, all you need to know is the order: Anna And The French Kiss, Lola And The Boy Next Door and finally, Isla And The Happily Ever After.
Chapter One sees Isla and her crush Josh sitting in a cafe, hopelessly unaware of one another until Isla’s dentist drugs kick in. I thought the opening was absolutely brilliant and made me laugh quite a lot. The conversation between Isla and Josh flowed brilliantly and I immediately felt at ease reading their story.
Isla’s best friend Kurt is a hidden gem: one of those minor characters who you wish you had the chance to read more of. He brought a lot of light to the plot when it was needed. I knew what would happen with Kurt if Isla and Josh became an item… Kurt would slowly fade out of the story and once or twice, he did but he always came bouncing back.
“But I like Josh so much that I actually feel miserable.”
When Isla and Josh are in each other’s company, their chemistry is electric. Yes, they may be young but Stephanie allows their story to be highly believable. The compassion and respect that they have for one another is captivating. What I found to be the most exciting was how when they were apart, I wanted them to be together because they were the best people when they were in each other’s company.
Towards the end, Stephanie brought all the characters together – Anna and St. Clair, Lola and Cricket and Isla and Josh. It was the perfect ending to a perfect trilogy. Nobody could have written these characters better.