From glittering Manhattan to moonlit Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. Until they are forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Revisiting beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, this sweeping finale will charm fans old and new.
"Stephanie Perkins’s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good." - Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl
Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss) completes her trilogy of interlinked romances with a strong finale that examines the emotional intensity of a relationship from its earliest stages. Isla, a senior at the School of America in Paris, has had a crush on fellow senior Josh since freshman year, but it is only now that he reciprocates her feelings; their relationship quickly gathers steam. Perkins takes full advantage of her romantic Parisian setting, though the intimacy she establishes between her characters through penetrating dialogue and insight into the agonies and ecstasies of first love would shine anywhere. When Josh gets expelled and the couple becomes estranged, Isla spirals into despair that Perkins explores with aching intensity. Isla's vulnerability, coupled with her burgeoning sense of identity and desire to maintain her individuality in life and in love, makes her an especially rich character. The supporting cast, including Isla's high-functioning autistic friend Kurt, her prickly younger sister, and Josh himself are equally well realized, and the author's fans will enjoy appearances from characters from past books, too. Ages 14 up.
Customer ReviewsSee All
This book touched my heart like no other book. I thought this was going to be “just another book”, but was I wrong! This book is amazing and I have reread it a million times - it never gets boring. As soon as you think that everything is amazing and perfect, something happens. There is always a twist. This book made me feel happy, sad, frustrated, desire, all these emotions I never thought I could feel from reading a book. I felt like I was apart of Isla and Josh’s world. I felt connected to them. It made me wish that this was my reality, that I was Isla and found the love of my life. This book has me wanting more. I hope this book is turned into a movie someday because I know people will definitely watch it and love, just as much as I love this book.
I suggest you read ANNA & LOLA before reading ISLA. ISLA was beautiful and everything I have hoped for. An amazing conclusion to the series! I can't wait to see what Stephanie Perkins writes next.