Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 14th August 2014
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance
Sometimes when I finish an exceptionally good book I'll reach for the laptop and start typing up my review straight away whether I originally planned to review it or not. And it's happened again, because Isla and the Happily Ever After wasn't perfect but, as cheesy as it sounds, it made my heart burst with happiness.
I pre-ordered the book on Amazon but it wasn't expected to arrive until two weeks after publication. Well, here's a tip: if you're extremely excited for the book, ask Customer Service if there's any way to make it quicker. They'll probably say no, but then if the person you spoke to was feeling generous - or if you're naturally charming and delightful (ahem) - they might surprise you by upgrading your delivery choice free of charge after your conversation. I didn't even ask them to do that but they did it anyway, and now at the time of writing this review it's two days after publication, and in the five hours of owning this book I've read it and fell in love with it, as I knew I would.
|I had no idea my quote would be in there. It's in Lola and the Boy Next Door, too! I WILL NEVER STOP FANGIRLING ABOUT THIS.|
Admittedly the beginning did seem kind of messy in my opinion. Being on painkillers - which wasn't immediately apparent - meant Isla was talking and acting crazily, and as this was my first time 'meeting' her I had no idea what was going on. It was a little confusing and luckily it only lasted for a few pages; it didn't bother me too much but it was a shaky start.
This bit isn't even necessary to the review and it's a spoiler but... ANNA AND ST CLAIR GOT ENGAGED. I didn't see it coming until it said he got down on one knee. Everyone except Isla had figured it out by then but I hadn't, and it was such a perfect moment, right at Point Zéro. It was also a pleasant surprise for there to be huge posters advertising the Winter Olympics and for the one and only Calliope Bell to be on them. And then Cricket, Lola, St Clair and Anna were cheering her on... it was just too cute. I have yet to stop fangirling. As I've said before, I love it when characters from one book appear in another!
While this wasn't my favourite book in the trilogy, I think it was the most relatable. I've seen people say they didn't really understand Isla's lack of confidence or self-worth but I've felt like that all my life and I completely got where she was coming from. The best bit? She worked on it. GO ISLA. *waves pompoms*
So now I've read all three books, which is my favourite? I'm torn between Anna and Lola. Anna because it was absolutely perfect in every single way, and Lola because...Cricket. Maybe they can be my joint favourite.
|They all look so pretty together. :)|