Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) ★★★★☆

4.5 stars

Okay I absolutely adored this book (and the other 2 books in the series). I almost cried, and not a lot of books make me cry. Well if they do it’s only because of some silly romance story..but those are my favorite. I absolutely love Stephanie Perkins books and I’ll probably end up reading Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door again soon because I just love cute romance books.

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

Review: 

I just finished reading this book, I haven’t been able to put it down throughout the day and so I ended up getting yelled at multiple times during school for not paying attention. This book was just that good and I ended up getting so lost in the story that I didn’t even realize that I was sitting in history. I wasn’t even able to eat my freshly ordered pizza cause of this book, and that’s saying a lot.

I won’t give each character a paragraph because there were a lot and I don’t feel like this book needs each paragraph to be about a specific character. They all just flowed so amazingly together and I’m just so happy with this book. It’s put me in such a good mood for the rest of the day.

I ended up falling in love with all of these characters. Isla, Josh, and Kurt. I mean of course there are other characters but these, I just loved these a hell of a lot. I loved the romance throughout the book, it wasn’t an overbearing portion of the story though. I mean it’s a large part of the plot but it doesn’t feel like the author is trying to shove a complex love story down your throat.

Isla and Josh complimented each others personalities and that just made their relationship seem more real to me. Even though Isla is self conscious about her self she is a great female protagonist and I’m happy she gets her happily ever after. They go through their ups and downs, but what couple doesn’t? Their relationship is real, like all the relationships in this series, and that factor makes me love it just a little bit more. I did get frustrated with Isla at some points because she would do infuriating things but it wasn’t because of poor writing, it was because thats who the character was. I accept that, even though I dislike those parts, which aren’t really few.

I can’t give this book a full 5 star rating because to me I guess it just wasn’t. I mean in the realm of YA romance it defiantly gets a 4.5 star rating because it was better then other YA romance novels, where the author tries to force the romance and passion down your throat. But if I was to look at this novel in the grand scheme of all the books I’ve read it would probably end up with a 3.5 or 4 star review. Not because it is bad, it’s just not as good as other books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. If that makes any sense, it probably doesn’t..whoops.

I know I say I recommend almost every book I’ve read, and that’s only cause I really think the books I’m reviewing are good. So it shouldn’t be surprise that I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a short, cute romance story. But reading the series in order will defiantly make it a little bit better, unless you want to just read this book, which is totally fine because theres nothing in this book that requires you to have read the previous two.

 

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