Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3
Published by Dutton on August 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, YA
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?
Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.
Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.
Welcome to my new feature Up Late With Kate where I share the latest midnight read that keeps me reading past the witching hour! Light that candle, grab a chair, and prepare to read all night!
Wow. Just wow.
I was late to the Stephanie Perkins fangirl love train. When Anna and the French Kiss came out and our blogging world lost it’s mind over the amazingness of it, I just said meh. At the time I wasn’t reading a lot of contemporary romance, and certainly no YA contemporary romance. But Anna was firmly on my radar, and I couldn’t seem to shake it. Then, the Borders nearest me went out of business, and I went on a binge buy… which, yes, did feel a bit like dancing at a funeral, but I got a copy of Anna and the French Kiss. And it sat on my shelf for a long time, sad and unread.
Finally, I read it, and I understood the love. I understood the desire to shout to world what a great, unique book it was and that everyone should read it and that maybe if we all read authors like Stephanie Perkins then maybe the world wouldn’t be so full of asshats.
I picked up Lola and The Boy Next Door at a book signing, but again it went to straight to my bookshelf. I do this thing, where when I know a book is going to be amazing, I’m almost scared to read it, so I save it for a rainy day when I NEED a full on Midnight Book Read. Eventually, I read it. And loved it just as much as Anna.
Then Isla finally came out. I would like to point out that it took Perkins a long time to publish the third book, which I know was fairly torturous for some of you, but this was one thing that my reading procrastination made less of a trauma for me. Because I’ve met Perkins at a few signings, I can’t help but think she’s a lot like Isla- she doesn’t know how good she is, and she struggles over it. Although, in the end I’m grateful that Perkins put so much into Isla and the Happily Ever After- because it’s perfection. And I hope the labor of her next book baby is one of those “I didn’t even know I was pregnant, I just went to the bathroom and out popped a full grown book baby!”.
I picked Isla and the Happily Ever After as my first book of 2015, and then I stayed up until the wee hours to finish it. It was the perfect way to start a new year, and I think it set the bar high for my reading expectations this year.
Anna and Lola make a cameo, which was delightful. I will so miss these characters- but I’m content that they’re all getting their HEAs and I can’t wait to see what Perkins comes up with now that she’s done with this series. And if the wait is a long one until the next book, then I can say that the wait will no doubt be worth it.
Isla and the Happily Ever After gets a Midnight Book Rating of: