Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After, (2014), 339p
Eeee! This series has made me happy. Ooey gooey mushy teen romance with clever dialogue and all the awkwardness and sweet romantic gestures. I feel like Stephanie Perkins essentially wrote this series for me!
Isla has had a thing for Josh for three years, but he always had a girlfriend. But now he’s single! Over summer break, Isla and Josh have an awkward, unforgettable run in at a cafe in New York. But then Isla doesn’t see Josh again until back at school. Will their chemistry reunite them? Well, yeah!
I loved that Perkins reunited all of her characters for this finale: Anna, Etienne, Meredith, Cricket, Lola! So so cute. I still think I loved Anna and the French Kiss the best of the series, but I feel like Isla’s story comes in second. It made me giddy and filled with teen happiness. It reminded me of my high school romances, but at least in these books – they didn’t end in epic disasters and a whole lot of angsty pop punk.
Now that I’m done this beauty of a series, where will I get my perfect bubble gum sweetness fix from?!?