Read + Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins

This book was the delightful conclusion to a trio of books written by Stephanie Perkins. It follows Isla, a senior at the School of America in Paris. She has had a crush on a boy named Josh since she was a freshman in high school, and only recently had Josh become available again after he and his girlfriend called it quits. As the school year progresses, Isla and Josh finally start to come together and there are cameos from favorite characters in the previous two books. It is set in the romantic cities of New York, Paris, and Barcelona.

I really enjoyed this book! As a hopeless romantic myself, I found myself rooting for Isla throughout the book and hoping that everyone thing would work out for her. Also, I appreciated that the author tied up all the lose ends that remained from the previous two books. However, it is important to note that although it would be better to read the books in order, they do not have to be. All in all, this is a quick, wonderful read that will melt your heart. Look no further for a witty and memorable present-day love story.

One memorable thing about this book is how the reader got to see Isla mature over the course of the school year. At the beginning, she starts out as just another girl crushing on a guy, but by the end, she has found who she really is, as well as discovered that she has voice in who she becomes.

0-five-stars

Reviewed by Rachel, grade 9, Twin Hickory Area Library

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