Saturday, December 6, 2014

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Dutton
Source: Library
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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.

Stephanie Perkins is the only author I can think of offhand that can write this kind of silly romantic drivel, and make me like it against my will.
I mean, it's...insane!
I loved it, ate it up with a spoon, and then had to go to bed with a stomach ache from all the sugar.

So here's the thing:
If you haven't liked her two previous books (Anna and the French Kiss or Lola and the Boy Next Door), then you need to skip your happy ass right past Isla and the Happily Ever After.
It's the same over-the-top syrupy sweet kind of love story, that tells the tale of these lovely and talented kids with too much money, too much freedom, and too many adorable places to wander off to for first dates.
Did I mention that they appear to be more mature and introspective than 99% of the adults I know?
Well, they are.
*rolls eyes*
And yet...
I can't stop reading Perkins' stuff! God help me, I love this woman's writing!
I'd love to justify it, but this is really the most unbelievably sappy stuff I've read since...well, since the last time I read one of her books.
I have no excuse!
*throws up hands*
All I can say is that Perkins sucked me in, made me forget how much I don't enjoy overblown teenage love stories, and had me smiling and rooting for Isla and Josh.
Yeah, that's right! I loved Josh, despite the fact that he was artsy-fartsy, and I loved Isla despite the fact that her biggest problem was deciding which college her parents needed to send a check to!
Sue me.
Or don't. Because, seriously, all you'll probably get out of that little venture is a pack of half-eaten gum, some ramen noodles, and a broken flip-flop.

The moral of the story?
If you don't think you can suspend disbelief, because you have a low tolerance for bullshit teenage romance, then stay away from this!
However, if you (like me) want to take some time away from real life, and spend it in a sugar coma?
Go grab this book!


Olivia-Savannah said...

I am so glad you were able to enjoy the ending to this series! I haven't read any of them before, but I hope to receive the first one for Christmas!

aparajita said...

Ohhhhh i really need to begin this series. It sounds brilliant. Great review.

Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

Anne Hannah said...

I hope you like it, Olivia-Savannah. They're definitely a guilty pleasure of mine!

Alexa said...

I liked Anna, loved Lola and just felt Isla was ok. She just didn't impress me and if you hate sugar romance then I'm surprised you liked this one at all because it was the most sugar of the three. I just felt this one was all over the place and Isla wanted things that were just random and there was too much instalove in this book.
It wasn't my favorite of the series but I like Perkins books so I'll stick around for her next book. Let us just hope it doesn't take 3 years like this one did.
Thanks for the great review!

Anne Hannah said...

See, I loved Anna, and liked Lola and Isla. I'm as surprised as you are that I liked this one as much as I did. I'm hoping her next book will be out soon, as well!

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