Friday, August 29, 2014

Me on Isla and the Happily Ever After

Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Dutton (Penguin imprint)

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.

Isla and the Happily Ever After is all about the honest ups and downs of falling in love. The smiles and the laughter, the bumps and bruises, the cuts and scars and hugs and kisses. Love is never easy. It never follows the rules we lay out at its feel or the plans we have for the days still to come. It just it. It happens slowly and all at once, catching us by surprise and staring us right in the face for years. It's two people coming together and becoming part of something. It's filled to the brim with happiness and stacked high with insecurities. There will always be laughter with love, and there will always be tears. Good days and bad days and impossible days. Love brings out the best in us and the worst in us, laying us bare in front of the people we care about.

When I started reading this book, I had expectations. I expected Isla and Josh's story, the story of their falling into love and the roadblocks and speed bumps they were bound to encounter. And while yes, that is what I found, it also wasn't. I didn't expect this story, didn't expect the ways in which they tumbled into love, the moments when they laughed and cried together. Love isn't easy. It's hard, it hurts, and it ruins the best of us. But it's worth it. Happily ever afters will always be worth it.

(I purchased a copy of this title.)

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