Monday, August 18, 2014

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Magic. Perfection. Joy. And sadness that it is all over. That's what I am feeling right now.

I have a book reviewer confession: I almost never buy books.

I work at schools with amazing libraries and have access to ARCs, so it is rare that I actually buy a book. But I pre-ordered Isla and the Happily Ever After because I have been waiting years for the conclusion to Stephanie Perkins' series. And it was totally worth the wait. I didn't even change out of my pajamas today, I just read Isla and basked in it.

I could live forever in the world that Perkins has created, first in Anna and the French Kiss (my only review in Spanish) and then in Lola and the Boy Next Door. Her protagonists are such awesome girls and Perkins is the queen of creating lovable male characters. (Don't skip the message to her husband in the acknowledgments section--it had me tearing up!) Everything about the series is note perfect, and Perkins was kind enough to give readers closure with the characters from the other books.

The writing is wonderful throughout the novel, but there was one passage that stuck out to me. "After I pee, I return for my toothbrush and toothpaste. He follows me in, and we brush our teeth. we can't stop smiling at each other. I can't believe that adults get to do this every day. And I don't even mean sex, thought it's wonderful, but things like this. Brushing our teeth at the same sink. Do adults realize how lucky they are? Or do they forget that these small moments are actually small miracles? I don't want to ever forget." I love this reminder to appreciate the little beautiful aspects of our relationships. That part felt like a shout out to all of Perkins' adult readers. This book has more sex than either of the other books, so it skews to an older audience.

The plot is almost beside the point; this is an amazing romance between two beautiful characters. Do yourself a favor and read them in order. I want to start from the beginning all over again.

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