Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Edition: 2014, Usbourne
Goodreads description: Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.
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Wow. Wow. Wow.

I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how to force the words out in the right way.

This book is…


This book is…freaking…extraordinary.

Wow. I feel like I’m talking to someone who I love, really awkwardly. It’s like the first time I skyped my boyfriend.

Because I think I just fell in love.

No, I mean seriously. I just fell. In. Love. And now I don’t know how to explain that love to my very best friend.

We straighten , but our snickering is barely contained as we attempt to focus our attention on a picture of a discarded Coke can. “This guy’s lady love is kind of a slob, don’t you think?” he whispers.
I cover my mouth with my hands again.
“A reaaaaaaaal litterbug.”
“Stop it,” I hiss. My eyes are watering. “Ohmygod look at this one! How did he get her toenail clippings?”
“If you were my girl,” he whispers, “I’d take creepy pictures of your trash when I knew you weren’t looking.”
“If you were my girl,” I whisper back,” I”d put the creepy pictures in a foreign museum so you wouldn’t know that I take creepy pictures.

Okay. This book made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me feel completely absorbed in a book like I never have been before. When I looked up after reading the end for over an our, it was like…seeing my bedroom for the first time. Like seeing the sun, but knowing I’d been somewhere else when it rised.

Somewhere in an amazing, extraordinary, I-can’t-believe-a-human-being-created-this type of fantasy world. I honestly never knew a human mind could make that much love. Hope. Everything.

This book was a perfect explanation of my favourite type of book. Romance, but with hope.

Everything…everything about this book just seemed perfect. I cried when I finished it, because I just want to go back to Paris.

I really want to just keep writing and writing about this one, which maybe I’ll do one day when I’ve got my head together more, but right now, I will let you carry on with your life until it appears very near the top of my Favourite Books of 2015 list.

So the last thing I will say, is this book made me feel like some of the books I’ve rated 5 stars before weren’t worth it as much as this one…

Unsurprisingly, this book gets a massive 5 moons.

5 out of 5 moons


May your shelves forever overflow with books! (ESPECIALLY THIS PATICULAR ONE!)

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