Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m a little sad to give this one only 3 stars. There were funnies, not as many as in Anna. I guess it boils down to this: I found myself unimpressed with Isla. She grew up in a loving, 2 parent family. Nothing dysfunctional. Why does she get so ‘I’m not worthy’ in the last half of the book? It’s beyond shyness or insecurity.

I did enjoy Kurt & Isla’s friendship. I love to see characters with a disability in YA. Kurt was a great character, no cliché stuff. It makes me wonder if Stephanie Perkins is close to someone with Asperger’s/high functioning autism in real life.

Josh was actually a pretty interesting character. He was cute when he was all shy. I liked the interactions he and Isla had. I liked Kurt and Isla together. I just didn’t like Isla when she was without them. I didn’t hate her, I just kept thinking, “Sheesh, grow a pair!”

I’m not a fan of high schoolers having sex, but I did appreciate that the author had them using condoms. It was handled tastefully, nothing explicit.

Fast, mostly fun read.

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