41. Stephanie Perkins – Isla and the Happily Ever After

This coming weekend, I’m leaving to head back to school for my senior year (don’t remind me). Yikes!

Which means, I likely just finished my last book of the summer, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. This is the third in a trilogy, and I’ve previously reviewed both Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.

Stephanie Perkins - Isla and the Happily Ever After (photo taken by me)
Stephanie Perkins – Isla and the Happily Ever After (photo taken by me)

One of my favorite things about this trilogy is that in the last two books, characters from the previous book(s) show up somehow in the story. I think that’s a really cool way to connect all the stories but also keep them separate stories, since they’re not super intertwined.

In this book, Isla is a senior at the School of Americans in Paris, the same school that Anna attends in the first book. Isla has had a crush on a boy named Josh (one of Anna’s friends) since she was a freshman. At the very start of the book she finally finds the courage to talk to him, since she’s all doped up from getting her wisdom teeth taken out. After this Isla’s crush only intensifies.

The rest of the story (obviously) follows their relationship. It has its ups and downs, of course, and it’s kind of a crazy story, really. If you’ve read the other two books, Isla’s story is more wild than the other two, in my opinion.

This was definitely not my favorite book of the three. I’d say Anna and the French Kiss is probably my favorite.

This book was a little better than okay for me. I didn’t love it but I also didn’t hate it. I liked the story over all and definitely liked the ending, but the story did seem to progress a little too quickly for my taste. It could just be because I read through it kind of fast, but the whole story felt rushed and everything seemed to happen so fast.

I did feel like some of Isla’s thoughts and actions seemed childish, but that might just be a trait used to intentionally make the character more realistic, since she is in high school. As a college senior now (again, eek!) the way she reacts to some things just seems silly to me.

Overall, I did like this book. It’s definitely an easy read so it makes for some good light reading. If you have read the first two in the trilogy and not this one yet, it’s definitely worth your time.

4. Stephanie Perkins – Anna and the French Kiss

Earlier today, I finished my third book of the year: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Once again, I flew through this book (this isn’t normal for me, it’s only because I’m still on winter break). I read the whole thing in under 24 hours and had a hard time putting it down. If you’re following my posts, you might be sensing a theme here.

Stephanie Perkins - Anna and the French Kiss (photo taken by me)
Stephanie Perkins – Anna and the French Kiss (photo taken by me)

I like to read Young Adult books. I know some people think they’re silly or not worth reading, but I like them. A lot of the time, the stories are pretty predictable, but I think they are still fun to read and nice light reading to break up other types of books. I enjoy switching up my genres from book to book so it’s never predominantly one thing.

In terms of Young Adult books, I think Anna and the French Kiss is better than most. The story is the generic “girl in high school falls in love with a boy but for whatever reason they can’t be together,” but it’s much more interesting than a lot of YA books I’ve read. I’d heard positive reviews of this book from adults, but it still went above my expectations.

The story follows the title character’s school year studying at the School of America in Paris, a boarding school in France for American students. She was sent there against her wishes by her father, so she has a negative outlook going in. Throughout the book, you follow her in her adventures meeting friends and living in the city of love.

As I mentioned before, it’s a teenage love story, but there were a lot of unexpected turns throughout the novel. I really enjoyed this book, it was an easy read but still a really fun and exciting story. I’d definitely recommend this book to someone who likes YA, and I’m really interested in reading Perkins’ other two books in the trilogy, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After. I love her writing style and her ability to make what seems like a generic story into something more.