Remember last year I read Anna and the French Kiss? It was cute and refreshing. Then I read Stephanie Perkins’ awesome short story, “It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown.” And I assumed that Stephanie Perkins and I were a match made in heaven, best friends forever. And then came Lola. And I still want to punch Lola in the face. So, here we have book three in the “trilogy” that is made up of Anna, Lola, and Isla. Isla and the Happily Ever After. And while it is nowhere near as good as Anna, it certainly isn’t as cringeworthy as Lola (punch). […]
#145: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl: 2 stars. #146: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: 4 stars. #147-8: Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: 1 star each. #149: OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn: 1 star. #150: The Martian by Andy Weir: 5 stars.
Isla has been in love with Josh since their first year together at the American boarding school in Paris, but he’s been unattainable for most of her time there. Instead she’s been pining for him from a distance, hanging out with her platonic BFF Kurt (who has Aspergers’ Syndrome). Now in their final year together, it looks as if all of Isla’s dreams are coming true. Josh not only notices her, he wants to be her boyfriend! True love’s path doesn’t exactly run smoothly though, and when Josh gets expelled and sent back to New York, Isla and Josh discover […]
I don’t fall in love with fictional characters often, but when I do, they’re usually written by Stephanie Perkins. Okay, that’s kind of a lie. I fall in love with fictional characters constantly, but no one writes modern YA romance like Perkins does. Isla is the last of three interconnected love stories, and if you haven’t read the first two, I highly recommend them. They’re not necessary before starting this, but I think reading them will heighten your enjoyment of Isla, with better understanding of a few characters and sly nods to events and people of the previous books. Isla (Eye-la; the […]