[je t'aime] review: Isla & The Happily Ever After

21 October 2014

Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
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. -goodreads
My 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.
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  1. I'd have to agree. I freaking love Stephanie Perkins and I loved Isla, but not quite as much as Anna and Lola... Still amazing though! ♥

    1. Yessss, definitely not as good but I loved it all the same. :)

  2. I've not read any of Perkins novels yet. If you count a bit of Anna then I have but... Probs not. :3 I don't know if they're for me or if I just wasn't in the right mood for a contemporary romance kind-of story. :/

    Great review!

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  4. I actually haven't gotten around to Stephanie Perkins yet... I don't know maybe it's the covers or those MC names (I mean, Anna? Lola? Isla? Really?) even though I know they are mostly pretty good. I have heard a lot that this book wasn't as good as the other ones quite often.

  5. I've heard a lot of people say Isla isn't as good as the first two....waaaah! THIS SCARES ME. Lola has been my favourite so far and I'm totally worried Isla will really disappoint me (because I don't even read contemporary normally anyway). >_< BUT I STILL MUST TRY IT AT SOME POINT. But maybe lower expectations??

  6. Glad to hear you still enjoyed this even though it wasn't as good as the others! I ADORED Anna and Lola, can't wait to pick this one up! - I pretty much shipped Josh and Isla right from that scene in Anna when Isla was drawing Josh's tattoos, hehe :D

  7. Aw, I'm sorry that you didn't love Isla as much as the rest of Stephanie Perkins' books! I think I know where you're coming from, though: most contemporary books don't really stick with me, too, mostly because I end up disliking them right from the start. :P I don't really like fluffy reads either, unless I'm in the mood for them, which I'm not (most of the time). But maaan, the characters in this book sure sound bland. Especially the no-chemistry romance!

    Maybe I'm better off just reading her first two books...? Awesome review, Hawwa!

  8. After seeing so many reviews for Stephanie Perkins I feel compelled to start reading her books, but I still feel a slight hesitation because I have seen that her books are fabulous to I was kind of disappointed reviews. After being in such a large of book slump I want to read a book that is going to wow me. Hawwa great review-- I have to say I feel the same about my favorite novel and fluff.

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists (ya-bookologists.blogspot.com)

  9. This is another wonderful review of a Stephanie Perkins book and it's great review! As other have said you've helped make me want to read one of her books rather sharpish!

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