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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Wandering About: New York 2007

Welcome again, to another week of Wandering About. This time, I’ll tell you about my second time in the USA, and my first time in New York City in 2007 (I was there again a couple of years ago 🙂 ).

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Let me tell you, New York is in my top 3 cities in the World! You know when you arrive somewhere and realize “this is a place I could see myself living in”? I got that feeling with just a few cities so far, and my Top 3 is: London, New York and San Francisco.

I went there in 2007 for yet another of my mom’s work conferences. But this time it was an all girls kind of thing, with my sister and my “sister” coming with us. (by “sister” I mean one of my mom’s business associates that looks more like my mother than me and my real sister, and she’s kind of a big sister to us). This trip actually began in Miami, then Orlando, then Atlanta and finally New York, but I’ll share the places in different posts, otherwise it would be too much.

View from the Empire State Building

View from the Empire State Building

My sister fell ill as soon as we got there, she might have had a stomach flu (I had one while in Atlanta), but she was missing her husband pretty bad by then, and that certainly didn’t help. So while me, mom and big sis were touring around the city, my real sister spent most of her time in the hotel room… what a shame. She tried, poor thing, but then we had to disembark a double decker so she could throw up in Central Park… very glamorous.

We ended up having one of the worst plane rides ever on our way to Portugal, that was not so much fun.

I really love New York. I love that I could walk all over Manhattan, that there was a Starbucks in every corner. Fifth Avenue and Central Park. Broadway and oh, the shows!!! That time we saw Mary Poppins and Chicago, the first one is amazing, people flying and everything, but Chicago was a let down, and I have to say that I think that the movie works way better.

The city has a life of it’s own, like everyone there walks with a purpose… I don’t even know how to explain it…

New York City makes me happy! So tell me, have you been to NYC? Do you like it?