Isla and the Happily Ever After Book Review
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Also in this series: Anna and the French Kiss
Published by Dutton
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.
Isla and the Happily Ever After is the last book in a sort of series. I suppose they all end up being connected but it isn’t a linear story in a sense. I was super disappointed in the way this book went about the romantic elements. After such character-rich and brilliant plots this one fell completely short, it just wasn’t believable and it was boring.
There was no development in the relationship in Isla and the Happily Ever After and it just felt young and badly formed. Plus it was based off two characters that we had met in previous books and it all came out of nowhere. I don’t know what went wrong but I wasn’t committed to the relationship and I really didn’t care about what happened or how they ended up.
My least favourite character in Isla and the Happily Ever After would have to be Isla. She had no personality of her own. It was a disappointing portrayal of a woman, we watch her sell out her dreams to make sure that his are covered. The worst part of it was even after watching his lack of commitment to school life she was still convinced to give up her plans to pander to his. Plus she crapped all over her friend – picking him up and dropping him when it was convenient. She really ruined the book for me.
Favourite character in Isla and the Happily Ever After would have to be St Clair – even though he wasn’t in the book a whole lot – which by the way is a crying shame! He never fails to make me laugh and his personality brings a whole new life to the book, something that was sorely missing throughout this book! So thank goodness for St Clair to bring a little joy into the story!
Based on this book I would say keep to book one and two! This book was a complete let down compared to the others. If you want to read this book then just be prepared for the let down! Because it’s there and it’s huge!!
Have you read this series? Were you just as disappointed as I was with how this all ended? Let me know in the comments below!