Friday, November 21, 2014
Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Let me confess first off that I totally skipped over the second book. I have read Anna and even own it but I forgot to read the second installment with Lola. Oops! I will be going back to read it but hope it is a little better than Isla. I did not feel as connected with Isla as I did with Anna. I felt a bit like eavesdropping on a section of her life and now I am over it. It was odd. I felt that in Anna, Paris was almost a character of the story. But in Isla, NYC or Paris were just the place they were - it could have been anywhere as neither of them seemed that immersed in the culture of that city. I also felt frustrated with the lack of presence of the previous characters. I felt invested in them and when they are nothing more than a mention with no substance behind them, I question whether or not I felt more than I should have for them. Overall it was a very quick read with not a lot to make me gush over it with my friends. I will recommend that they read them in order as perhaps that would help (?).
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