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


[Goodreads Blurb]

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

[My Review: *no spoilers*]

I’ve been wanting to read this book for simply ages but I hadn’t got around to it until recently.

I liked how Isla had a very distinct personality that was easy to relate too. And even though she’s very self-conscious and shy around Josh, Isla never tries to be someone she’s not. In the end, she has to confront her “inner demons” so-to-speak if her relationship with Josh has any hope of surviving but like any person, she learns from her mistakes and builds resilience .

I’m a hopeless romantic and that probably would be one of the reasons I jumped at the chance to read this book. The main focus of the story is obviously the developing relationship between Josh and Isla but there are various subplots that add an element of realism. One such example is conflicts between Isla and her autistic friend, Kurt. Isla’s prickly younger sister also adds depth to the story.

As the goodreads blurb claims, this is indeed a very “sweet and sexy story of true love.” And although it is a love story, it aptly embraces the ups and downs of being in a relationship.

I definitely recommend this book and the other books in this series!



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