Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
"If you keep playing it safe, you’ll never know who you are. I know who you are, and I love who you are. Why don’t you trust me?"
This is a perfect book. Even if it's YA and it has cuteness, there is so much depth and sensibility in this book.
Isla is the shy type of girl whose had a crush on Josh for ages. He's an artist who seems a bit disconnected and whom she is fascinated with. She can tell there is more to him and viceversa.
This book is all about appreciating who you are in the midst of uncertainty. Sometimes others can see you better than you see yourself. This book is all about that. Sometimes we're so stuck on our perceived faults and insecurities that we don't realize others don't see that.
This book is about getting out of that rut and following your passion. May it be a hobby, a craft, a person. You name it.
Perkins' writes magical books. If you haven't read the previous two companion novels in this series, what are you waiting for?
Also, Isla and Josh have so much more passion than other YA characters. It's not lust, it's honest to goodness love and craving and aching for another person. That is also, oh so sweet.
A huge surprise at the end connected all books in this series. It was awesome. You also can't beat the settings of Manhattan, Paris and Barcelona.
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