Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 14th 2014
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Phones are distracting. The internet is distracting.The way he looked at you? He wasn’t distracted. He was consumed.”
Isla has loved Josh since freshman year. A chance encounter during a rainy New York summer gives her the opening she needs; if only she were brave enough to take it. Isla has a chance at the romance of her dreams, but true love isn’t without it’s challenges.
A cute, fluffy romance. Exactly what readers expect from Perkins; however, it fails to live up to the series standard. Anna and the French Kiss was a stunning debut and neither Lola and the Boy Next Door nor Isla and the Happily Ever After have managed to live up to it. The final book in the series is definitely more noticeable though.
It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly keeps this book from being as fantastic as its predescessor. Part of it is certainly the reuse of Paris instead of going full New York setting, but it’s more than that. Unlike Anna and Lola, Isla isn’t passionate or quirky. It is interesting that Perkins decided to do a shy and insecure protagonist but unfortunatly Isla really DOES feel like a blank slate. She has interests but the book barely brushes over them.
The relationship in this book also feels significantly more shallow. The previous books were all about building up a romance where the romance between Josh and Isla just suddenly happens. It feels fast and false. It makes Isla look like a drama queen because after barely a month Josh is the only thing that matters. It barrels straight into insta-love and then quickly deteriorates into a problem filled relationship.
Josh is perfect, he barely has a single fault. Isla has quite a few that she showcases through rash actions fueled by insecurities and she doesn’t really change. The book has her sister give her a speech as if years of insecurity and self loathing can be finished just like that and voila a happy ending for all.
I will admit that I still really enjoyed the cameos from previous books as well as Kurt and Isla’s friendship. Perkins’s writing style makes it impossible for me to dislike this boo. Even if it’s my least favourite of the series it’s still a mostly enjoyable read.