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Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Etienne, 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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-08-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss) completes her trilogy of interlinked romances with a strong finale that examines the emotional intensity of a relationship from its earliest stages. Isla, a senior at the School of America in Paris, has had a crush on fellow senior Josh since freshman year, but it is only now that he reciprocates her feelings; their relationship quickly gathers steam. Perkins takes full advantage of her romantic Parisian setting, though the intimacy she establishes between her characters through penetrating dialogue and insight into the agonies and ecstasies of first love would shine anywhere. When Josh gets expelled and the couple becomes estranged, Isla spirals into despair that Perkins explores with aching intensity. Isla's vulnerability, coupled with her burgeoning sense of identity and desire to maintain her individuality in life and in love, makes her an especially rich character. The supporting cast, including Isla's high-functioning autistic friend Kurt, her prickly younger sister, and Josh himself are equally well realized, and the author's fans will enjoy appearances from characters from past books, too. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, kt literary. (Aug.)
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BookPage Teen Top Pick, August 2014
If you’ve read Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, you know that Stephanie Perkins is both a talented writer and a true romantic. You’ll also be pleased to discover that Perkins’ latest offers some brief (and satisfying) glimpses of the main characters from her earlier books. And if you haven’t? You’re still in for an unforgettably romantic journey in this love story that stands on its own.
Isla has had a crush on moody artist Josh since their freshman year at an exclusive Parisian boarding school. So when, in an unguarded moment the summer before senior year, she flirts with Josh, she’s mortified—and then shocked to find Josh flirting right back.
Josh is an aspiring graphic artist with a very particular vision for his future; Isla finds it hard to imagine any sort of future plans, especially one that doesn’t involve either Paris or New York. Isla is whip-smart, thoughtful and kind, the kind of girl who loves adventure (at least in the pages of a book) and who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. So why does she second-guess Josh’s feelings for her? And will her insecurities doom their own storybook romance?
It’s hard to imagine a more romantic tale than Isla and the Happily Ever After. With evocative settings like Paris, Manhattan and Barcelona, Perkins’ latest will leave readers swooning, sobbing—and rooting for Isla and Josh to write their own happy ending.