Review: Isla and The Happily Ever After

Sep •  17 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Isla and The Happily Ever AfterIsla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Dutton Juvenile on August 14th 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

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.

The last and finally book. I have to admit that I was a bit anxious when reading this story. I have adored the first and second in the series and wondered if the third would do the series  justice.

Plot: This story follows Isla who is in the city when she meets Josh. The plot moves at a steady pace giving the reader exactly what they expect. A good friendship turned into love, then the troubles of love come along. I didn’t have any problem getting into the story or following it.

Love: This is the one area I did have a problem with. It seemed to me that their love was intsa-love. One minute they meet and the next their in love. I really wanted to be wooed. I like their adventures as a couple and learning to have a long distance relationship but it all felt rushed. Like there wasn’t enough time to basked in their romance cause it got filled up with drama.

Ending: The ending was as suspected. They get into a fight and then they get back together forever. I like the HEA but really I expected more.

For me, this story is good.  I honestly prefer the first and second book than this one. Still, the story covers all the bases for a YA romance and if you need that teenage angst then go for this one.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Sep 17, 2014

    I’m nervous to pick this one up for the very reasons you mentioned Savy – I have a feeling I’m going to want more from it given how long we had to wait. Still, I’m glad you enjoyed it overall, and I definitely can’t wait to see what Stephanie writes next!

  2. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    Sep 17, 2014

    I’ve seen such mixed reviews for this story, but I’m glad you liked it, Savy!

  3. I always love reading your reviews because you are honest and I usually agree with what you have to say. Almost everyone who has read this book has been GUSHING. About everything. I haven’t read the other two books, although I do own both, because I was worried they were on the insta-love playing field. The stories in themselves all seem great but overachieving to accomplish in such few pages. I bought this book yesterday but it’s not on my immediate list of books to read right now. I’ll get to it eventually. Thanks for another great review, Savy!

  4. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Sep 17, 2014

    I agree with you. I love all three books, but this was definitely my least favorite of the three. Still, it was great to see Anna and Etienne and Lola and Cricket again 🙂
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  5. Candace
    Sep 19, 2014

    I NEED this book! I’m shocked I haven’t yet got it, but I’m just trying so hard to catch up on the books I have. So by the time I get it it might be cheaper. Still, very eager to read it.