Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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“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.
Rate: 3/5

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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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“There are some people in life that you can’t get over.”

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Why you should read this book: because everyone should talk to the Moon, she is perfect!

Dolores “Lola” Nolan is an aspiring costume designer who lives in San Francisco with her two dads and a beautiful black dog. She is happy: she reinvents herself every single day with wigs, vibrant colors, glitter and crazy glasses, and she has a boyfriend she loves. Everything is great until the Bell family moves back next door. Lola has a past with the Bell twins, specially with Cricket, and having him in her life again is going to bring back old memories and feelings.

I was going to give this book 3 stars but then the last 25% of it made me change my mind.
I started liking it, it was a normal story of a girl having her heart broken in the past and hiding herself in a relationship she thinks is good for her because of that. By the way, I didn’t like Max at all. What kind of boyfriend is so rude to friends and family? Seriously, who does that? Pretend a little better even if you don’t like the situation you are in, for your girlfriend’s sake at least! Then Lola’s approach to everything started to annoy me. The same kind of feeling St. Clair gave me in Anna and the french kiss. Maybe because they really are in the same situation. They think they have to be with that particular person because it’s safe, it makes them feel good, no obstacles, no hearts to brake etc. Worst mistake ever and people in books keep doing it! I know in real life one person in this situation and I really don’t understand what is keeping her from sending her so-called boyfriend to another dimension!

“Sometimes a mistake isn’t a what. It’s a who.”

Cricket is a lovely boy but very VERY shy and a little coward. Maybe more than a little! People love not to speak their mind; so in my opinion they don’t have to whine if 2 years later you are miserable, ok? If you don’t have the courage to say what it’s on your mind then you have to bear ALL the consequences. She waited for him to make a move, he did the same, problems arise and guess what? Everyone loses!! Misunderstandings, tears, etc.

I sort of wanted to see more Lindsey, I thought she was a great character, a great friend! Detective Lindsey! I loved the cameos from Anna and the french kiss characters. They were useful for the development of Lola’s character and the story. Without them everything would have been quite impossible. That girl needed help from everyone and everywhere!

“I’m not interested in making what’s easy. I’m interested in making what’s beautiful.”

I loved Lola’s dedication to her dresses. Every single outfit was thought and created for a particular event or according to her mood. They were her and she was those outfits. It’s great how she didn’t mind other people’s opinion. They don’t deserve to tell you how to live your life. If putting a different wig everyday makes you happy, then do it. If you like having your hair in a ponytail, then have a ponytail everyday. Life is too short to be someone you are not. Where did I read that? Oh well, if it’s true I hope it doesn’t matter not writing the source.

The ending was possibly the best part of the whole book. The Moon, the stars, the around the corner part, the boots, the FEELINGS! Everything was there and I wanted to be there, too!

Do I recommend it? Yes, it feels like a story anyone could experience, ups, downs and everything in between.
Rate: 4/5

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