Isla and the Happily Ever After- Perkins, Stephanie

rating: 1*

read on may 1, 2017

this book took so long to read and it’s all my fault (hides) no it’s not

i fell into a slump while reading this book and it was just me :(. i had a busy weekend attending to stuff and i just didn’t have time to read. mostly due to my art.

i can’t really compress this story like what.


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.

i don’t know what to think about this. 1, why did perkins classify isla as a hopeless romantic? it doesn’t make sense why someone would do that. classifying isla hopeless is just going to deter the reader, and saying hopeless makes you think that nothing is going to happen. that doesn’t help when trying to attract readers to your book, even if it would ‘please fans old and new’.

okay… let me try

stephanie perkins focuses back to paris in the SOAP (hm) school. ITHEA (title) focuses on isla martin, a ‘hopeless romantic’, who is crushing on josh (he was in ATFK). and by crushing, i mean stalking.

there is no story in this book. it’s about a couple drooling over each other and neither trying to make a move in the beginning. after that, perkins begins to ramble. i fail to identify a plot in this story. all i see are that josh and isla love each other. josh and isla break up. josh and isla love each other. nothing really makes sense of this book. i know that isla is loopy in the beginning.

“There’s no story,’ I say. ‘I saw you one day, and I just knew.”

which basically is the gist of the non-existent plot.

also, what parents allow a loopy girl high on painkillers to go waltzing the streets of manhattan? i’ve lived in manhattan before and it is dangerous and busy. no way would isla ever ever be able to go loopy in manhattan at night. when it’s raining. i just don’t understand how this book is even realistic.

when you first start this book, it’s obvious isla is in love with josh. we’ve known that since ATFK. and no, steph, we don’t need to keep on hearing her talk about unrequited love. i don’t care. a couple more chapters in, obviously josh loves loves isla. and she’s blind to it! completely! tell me, isla, how is this possible? that you love a boy and are completely oblivious to the fact that he loves you back? what? even is this? i don’t get it. then you progress into the book, and BOOM they sneak out together. and one more and BOOM. they have sex. where is the tension? where is the realistic aspects? where is the actual stuff?

“The lines are careful. They reveal he pays attention. People don’t think he does, because he daydreams and skips class and neglects his homework, but when I see his drawings, I know they’re wrong.”

obviously, isla is a complete opposite. which i totally get! opposites attract! but this is so unrealistic and lacking a plot that i can’t get this story to be liked.

best book of the series: lola and the boy next door
overall series rating: 2.5/5 stars
all ratings: ATFK – 1/5 stars
LTBND – 4/5 stars
ITHEA – 1/5 stars

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