isla and the happily ever by stephanie perkins (anna and the french kiss, book 3)
overall rating: 3.6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
character development: 3
genre: YA, contemporary, romance
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.
i really enjoyed books 1 and 2 of this series, so i was excited to read this one. however, i was somewhat disappointed, and it didn’t live up to my expectations.
first, i feel like there isn’t enough connection to the characters in the other books. while there is a bit of overlap, it’s essentially a completely different series. the characters in isla and the happily ever after aren’t particularly likable; some of them can be annoying at times. i do like the uniqueness of the characters, though.
the plot is predictable and uses a lot of clichés, which i’m not a fan of. however, i really like the writing. perkin’s writing style really pulls me in, and i’m excited to read more from her.
finally, i’m not a huge fan of the romance. while it is cute (just like the relationships in the other books), there’s too much insta-love for me. it feels very “love at first sight” and is very unrealistic.
overall, isla and the happily ever after is a slightly disappointing finale to the anna and the french kiss trilogy.
have you read this? what did you think?