“A blank canvas…has unlimited possibilities.”
Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Why you should read this book: Last of the trilogy, you can’t miss it!
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
“I’m beginning to think that maybe it’s okay to be a blank canvas. maybe it’s okay that my future is unknown.”
I was trying to love it because it’s a love story set in Paris but I really struggled getting to the end of it. It took me really a lot to finish it, I found Isla a bit annoying and the whole thing was cheesy, a bad cheesy, not the good and cute kind of cheesy. It was hard, so hard to stomach it and I’m a romantic, I love feelings and I love love!
I related to Isla only because we are both petite and don’t know what to do with our future. The difference? Isla is rich and 17 years old. I’m a poor 30-year old employee. Well, the future is a future for everyone, right? Mine is not really a blank canvas, maybe a little more like a very colorful, messy, all over the place canvas. And that’s okay.
“People can play dumb all they want, but they always give themselves away in actions. In the small moments like that.”
Josh Josh Josh. I don’t know what to think of him and maybe that’s part of the problem. I didn’t get him. That entire artist rebel act was unnecessary. He played dumb and it was obvious for everyone but he kept doing it. I don’t follow rules, I make my own rules. Wow, good for you, Josh, wow! He is a nice boy with a cheesy heart. They are the perfect match, really.
“But isn’t it better to be honest about these things before someone else can use them against you? Before someone else can break your heart? Isn’t it better to break it yourself?”
[No, Isla, just no!]
Things that made me really angry happened and I wanted to shake Isla because, come on, that was so dumb! Come on, Isla, really? That was what you did? It was the perfectly reasonable thing to do, right? I can’t excuse her because of her young age, lack of communication has to be fought since you are little or else you will give up on everything and everyone. You will be afraid of failure and heartbreaks before they even happen and you will give up. Luckily her characters grows and I started to see hope for her.
I want to still recommend this third and last book of this trilogy because I know we all are different and are annoyed by different things so if you like cheesy love stories where the main characters say cheesy things all the time then this is for you. It didn’t work for me, I’m a different kind of cheesy gal and this didn’t reach my romantic heart, but maybe it will reach yours.
Do I recommend it? Of course, it’s a story that can be loved.