Re-Read Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins

Posted December 15, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review, Re-Read Review / 2 Comments

Re-Read Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie PerkinsIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Dutton
Format: eBook, 352 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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My rating:

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.


In Review: My Thoughts

Hey there! This review is for a book I read as part of the Re-Read Challenge (even though I’m not really participating in the challenge any longer, I like the format for these reviews) and it’ll definitely look different than many of the reviews you’ve read here previously. 🙂

WHEN I First Read

August 2014 (Kindle/Audiobook)
First Re-Read: November 2016 (Kindle)

WHAT I Remember

I’m sad to admit that I didn’t really remember all that much about this book, except for the fact that it was a GREAT ending to a series I loved. Oh, and that it had one of the best scenes EVER for those of us who LOVED Anna and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss. Seriously, I swoon just thinking about it. (I also get a little teary-eyed.)

WHY I Wanted to Re-Read

I hate to be all “after the election I needed something to make me feel better” but it’s the god’s honest truth. I wanted a book that I knew my mood couldn’t ruin for me, so a re-read was the perfect option. I didn’t want to deal with real life, I wanted to get lost in a sweet, swoony romance that I knew would make me happy and, since I didn’t remember a lot about this book AND I never got around to reviewing it, this was the perfect option.

HOW I Felt After Re-Reading

I SO made the right decision. My love for Isla, Josh and and this story knows no bounds. Isla and the Happily Ever After was exactly what I needed when I read it. This book gave me SO MANY FEELS. I loved watching these two young characters fall in love for the first time. As love isn’t perfect — especially first love, there were ups and downs, but they didn’t feel overdone or too angsty. I can’t think of a single thing I would change about this one. Plus, the fact that we got to see Anna, Etienne, Lola and Cricket again made it that much more special. Not only was it the perfect book for me and the perfect story for these characters, it was the perfect ending to a series I have loved since I picked up the first book.

WOULD You Re-Read Again?

Yes! In fact, I’ve been itching for a full series re-read since I got glimpses of Anna and Etienne and Lola and Cricket during this book. So many heart eyes.smaller spacer

Favorite Quotes

My heart pounds feverishly in my ears. I glance around the room, but the other girls appear to be at ease. Why doesn’t he have the same effect on them that he has on me? Don’t they see him?

How does one proceed in a situation like this? If only the discovery of mutual admiration could lead promptly into making out. If only I could say, “Listen. I like you, and you like me, so let’s go find a secluded park bench and touch each other.”

He tastes like champagne. He tastes like desire. He tastes like my deepest craving fulfilled.

Our fingers are in each other’s hair, and his breath is in the hollow of my neck, and I wish the world would swallow us here, whole, in this moment. And that’s when it hits me that this—this—is falling in love.

I want him closer. I want him deeper. I want him, want him, want him. His eyes close and so do mine, and we finish as we started. Together. 

“I want a lot more of these nights with you, Isla. I want all of my nights with you.” 


About Stephanie Perkins

Well, hello! I'm Stephanie Perkins, and I write novels for teens (and for adults who aren't afraid to admit that teen books are awesome). I was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, attended universities in San Francisco and Atlanta, and now I live in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

My best friend is my husband Jarrod. Our house is almost a hundred years old, and every room is painted a different color of the rainbow. We share it with a cat named Mr. Tumnus.

I've always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. On weekdays, you'll find me at my desk, typing away, downing cups of coffee and tea. On the weekend, you'll find me at the movies, waiting for the actors to kiss. I believe all novels and films should have more kissing.


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