Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Publication Date: August 14th 2014
Source/Format: For Review/Finished Copy
Summary: Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series. -goodreadsMy third Stephanie Perkins novel. The third time I have fallen in love with her books: but this time, not - head over heels. I harbor a fondness for her books not because they are written with spectacular prose like most of my favourite novels: I'd be both lying and telling the truth if I said the style it was written in blew me away. Because normally, I adore books with thickly layered words that fill me up and overflow inside my mind. Rich images, graphic descriptions. However none of Stephanie Perkin's books are written like this - they are simple, yet they affect you just as vivid imagery might do. The writing is realistic to the plot: it is a contemporary love story, it is written with less words than more and that is why I like it, the style lends itself to the plot perfectly; it allows you to submerge yourself in the simple lives of beings that fall for each other so un-simply. It creates the perfect juxtaposition between the writing and the power of their love.
However, Isla and the Happily Ever After was definitely my least favourite. I liked it, but it didn't stick with me. This was the plot that felt the most fluffy and full of air. Throughout the whole book I never really understood why Josh liked Isla, and I never felt connected to Isla as I had done to Anna and Lola - in all honesty: she felt a bit bland. But while this book was not my favourite of Stephanie Perkin's books, it is still one of my favourites - as all her novels are.
"How did my parents live before texting? Before the internet? I’m used to knowing things and all of this unknowing is driving me mad."