Thursday 18 September 2014

Review: Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Review: this is definitely my favourite book out of the lovely companion novels that Stephanie Perkins has written. I was hooked into this book right from the word go-as soon as I recognised some of my favourite background (and foreground) characters from the other novels in this series. This was quick paced and straight into the romance! The romance level of this book is definitely that little bit higher than in the other book and there are a couple of steamy scenes as well. Of course the the true love never did run a smooth course and so there is high drama on the romance front in this one (get your tissues at the ready!)

I loved Isla, she was just so sweet and lovely. I am sure she would be just as sweet looking in real life. She is a little innocent and Naive and so josh compliments her well in this novel-taking her out and showing her the world. It's funny how mulch more confident and independent she gets over the course of the novel and how much she mellows josh as well-he is definitely ready for college by the time we reach the end of the book! The other characters in this novel are fun too. I love the fact that Isla's friend Kurt is autistic as there definitely aren't enough representations of autisms in fiction today. This author had obviously done her research well as Kurt was at school with all the other kids getting on with his own life, not letting his autism hold him back! Isla's sisters are fun characters to meet and of course we get a little info about Anna and St Clair, Lola and Cricket as well-their part is the storyline did have me squealing with joy somewhat-prepare yourselves for that bit guys! 

I love the fat that these novels aren't sequels but are companion novels, it means that you can read them as standalones, although there will be a couple of spoilers for Anna and the French Kiss if you read this one first-you have been warned! This author weaves the lives of these characters so beautifully and gives them just the right amount of freedom to live their own lives whilst still making the parental and school control realistic and believable. This novel was an incredibly quick read that I managed to fit in around work, having read the other two in a day each I'm hardly surprised, and is definitely the fight thing if you are looking for a sweet and slushy fix. I would recommend reading the other 2 novels first and reading them all at once was also excellent fun! Definitely something to take the bloom out of the autumn/back to school season! 

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