I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one mad excited for Stephanie Perkins long-awaited ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. With ANNA, she swept us away; with LOLA, she surprised us, and with ISLA, it looks like she’ll help us discover something new and meaningful
I adore all of Perkins’ books and the sneak peek at ISLA reminded me of that. I was given a first look at the first five chapters of ISLA, and I love every single sentence of it so far. Isla is easily Perkins most relatable and endearing character yet (and that’s saying something since Anna and Lola are quite relatable and endearing in their own rights). I just absolutely love Isla. She’s awkward, kind, and doesn’t realize how brilliant she is. Neither does Josh, her long time crush; although a chance encounter may change that.
What I especially appreciate is that while these books have romance, they’re not just about the relationship between two people. It’s almost all about the girl, our main character, and seeing them grow and develop into someone even more amazing.
This sneak peek leaves you hanging, not just because there’s a bit of mystery going on, but because you fall in love with this book so fast. By that perfect second chapter, it was insta-love, and I’ll never complain about that!
I can’t wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After to come out this summer. I truly believe that Perkins has once again conjured up a wonderful kind of magic with this new novel.
Isla and the Happily Ever After releases August 14th.
So where is this excerpt I speak of? The first five chapters is available to all NetGalley members starting today. Click the following link to read the excerpt and fall in love with Isla as I have: SNEAK PEEK: Isla and the Happily Ever After. Or you can read it below:
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
Also, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS will be the Penguin Teen Book Club’s Goodreads pick for the month of June! Follow along as they chat about Steph’s original romance.