Isla and the Happily Ever After (Stephanie Perkins)

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The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee.
Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”
His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me.
And then…he blinks. “Isla?”

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.


This one is my favorite of this series! Yep, Isla and the Happily Ever After totally stole my heart! I loved Anna and the French Kiss and I liked Lola and the Boy Next Door too, but Isla was on a totally different level.

Once again, the writing of this book was flawless. It was funny and self aware, and it flowed so well. I really liked Isla’s voice, she felt real to me. Again, I really loved the setting, how it starts in NY and then we get to go back to SOAP in Paris :), it was awesome.

If there’s one things that all these books have in common is that all characters are unique, and Isla and Josh are no exception. Isla is quiet and shy, but once she opens up, she’s fun and easy going. Her insecurities broke my heart, but once again, they felt real to me, so much so that I was sobbing for a good chunk of the book.

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I love Étienne and Cricket, sure, but Josh… OMG! Where can I get a Josh? I had loved Josh during Anna and the French Kiss, but I fell in love with Josh during this book. One thing that made this book totally different and better for me was the fact that we actually get to see some of the events through Josh’s perspective and how he feels about things.

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The fact that Isla and Josh enter a relationship quite early in the book was a plus for me – even though I knew that something bad was coming – because it actually allowed me to read about their relationship and not just how they got together. This means we get to see them grow within it. Another thing that I loved was how well the sex was handled. This is the first book of this series in which both partners are equally experienced, which means that it flowed naturally and it made a lot of sense.

The conflict broke my heart, because it hit close to home. I think that Isla voiced the fears of a lot of people, but I absolutely loved how it was resolved. And this book’s message is so important… It’s ok to not know what you want to do with the rest of your life at the age of 18!

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Because I do live in Barcelona, I did love the chapter in which Isla and Josh are here. The descriptions of La Pedrera, Casa Battló, Parc Guëll and La Sagrada Familia were beyond perfect. I’m not a very big fan of Gaudí, but I do love these sights, especially Casa Battló and Parc Guëll, which are my favorite places in Barcelona.

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I was overjoyed when Anna, Étienne, Meredith, Cricket and Lola appeared in the book. 😀 I was so happy about that whole subplot. And Isla recap of Josh’s comic about the events of Anna and the French Kiss – slight spoiler for Anna and the French Kiss –  was the best thing ever! Also, Kurt! How awesome was Kurt?! I really liked to see their friendship and how Josh and Kurt’s friends fit into their dynamic.

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In the end, I loved this book to pieces and it took the top spot in this series. It’s ok to not know what you want to do with your life. And sometimes you need space and time to organize your thoughts and feelings and realize what’s important. All the love for Isla and Josh!

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Lola and the Boy Next Door (Stephanie Perkins)

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Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.


After reading and loving Anna and the French Kiss, I had high hopes for Lola and the Boy Next Door. Despite having liked this one slightly less than the first book, I still loved it and thought it was a great read.

Once again, the writing is wonderful. Lola is such a funny protagonist, but comparing her with Anna, i couldn’t notice how she was  a little bit more immature, which was fine, because she IS younger than Anna. She did get on my nerves in the beginning, especially about her relationship with Max, which I could write a whole post about how wrong that one was…

I actually thought that the message of this book was stronger. Lola has to come to grips with who she is and accept it, while accepting everyone else too. It’s a lovely story, really.

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I loved Cricket Bell! And Cricket and Lola as so sweet and cute, my heart was exploding with happiness whenever they were together. I loved that he didn’t shy away from his feelings anymore, and he told her from the start how important she was to him. I loved how slow their relationship progressed and how sure they both were about each other, before anything else happened.

One thing I absolutely adored in this book – that was lacking, for obvious reasons, in Anna – was the involvement of family! Lola’s parents are super awesome! I loved them. I loved how she loved them. Even when they were being overprotective and almost beating the crap out of Cricket… I still loved them. I loved Andy especially, though Nathan was a riot. I really liked Norah’s role on the story, and how Lola manages to start a real relationship with her. Equally, I liked the role of Cricket’s family, especially the importance of Calliope in his live, even if I wasn’t a big fan of hers in the beginning.

Friends were also super important in this book, and I loved Lola’s relationship with Lindsay – there should be more friendships like theirs in YA. But I was ecstatic when two familiar characters became a recurrent appearance… yep, Anna and Étienne were there, and they were glorious! I love them so so much!!!! I loved how close they were, and that they were practically living together 😀 ❤ !!!!

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Ultimately, I loved reading about Lola and Cricket, the only thing that put me off a bit about this book was how irritable Lola was at some points, and sometimes she was just a tiny bit over the top… I still loved her! 😀

Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)

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Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own. 

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?


I finally did it!!! After owning the book for several months, I finally read Anna and the French Kiss, and I did it in little over 24 hours because it was awesome!

The first thing that really surprised me was how funny the writing was. Most contemporaries are quite light and easy to read, but Stephanie Perkins made this book hilariously funny, and I had such a  great time reading it.

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I adored all this cast of characters. Two things amazed me in this book, for one the characters acted their age, even with the level of maturity that comes with not having a parent present 24/7, they were still teenagers, learning by trial and error. Secondly, I loved that no one was perfect! And how those little imperfections just made for better characters, like the fact that Étienne was short and afraid of heights… I mean, how cute was that?

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Anna and Étienne’s relationship is the epitome of cuteness! They’re adorable :D! I liked how they became friends first and foremost, and how they both helped each other through such hard times. I just wished that some decisions were made a little earlier in the game, but I was pretty happy with the end result.

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This was definitly one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read so far, and I can’t wait to read Lola and Isla