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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: Spotlight and Media Coverage

Friday, August 8, 2014

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 √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Goodreads Summary

The Autumn 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List—"Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"
"Stephanie Perkins is the Jane Austen of our generation. Her stories ache, soothe, and leave you breathless with joy; there's true magic in these pages — it's an experience you won't soon forget."
–Tahereh Mafi, author of the bestselling Shatter Me series.
“Stephanie Perkins’s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good.”
Rainbow Rowell, award-winning, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl
"It's been such a long wait for this one and I haven't minded at all because Stephanie is so amazing." Cristin Stickles, bookseller at McNallyJackson
“This adorable YA romance is half New York love story, half Parisian romance, and fully prepared to make your heart melt quicker than a gelato dropped on a sidewalk. Between sexy English expat Etienne St. Clair, and hottie west-coast intellectual inventor Crick Bell, Stephanie Perkins is already the creator of two of the greatest fictional boyfriends we’ve ever had the pleasure of sweating over. But, pssssst, you guys: you know that good things come in threes, right? Which is why we’re so excited for ‘Isla and the Happily Ever After,’ the long-awaited follow-up finale to ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ and ‘Lola and the Boy Next Door.’” –
“Fans will relish appearances by characters from Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss (2011) and Lola and the Boy Next Door (2013, both Dutton) in this sweet, charming series third that will make readers feel like they’re in Paris too. Realistic characters, spot-on dialogue, and a truly delightful romance make for a novel that will delight the author’s fans and win her legions of new one.”—School Library Journalstarred review
“Stephanie Perkins quickly ascended to my ‘Must Read Anything They Write’ list, so obvs I’d be all over the long-awaited Isla.”—
“Engaging teen characters with page-turning love lives offer ample vicarious pleasures…A satisfying dose of first love's physical and emotional thrall.” –Kirkus Reviews
“If you’ve read Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, you know that Stephanie Perkins is both a talented writer and a true romantic…And if you haven’t? You’re still in for an unforgettably romantic journey in this love story that stands on its own…It’s hard to imagine a more romantic tale thanIsla and the Happily Ever After. With evocative settings like Paris, Manhattan and Barcelona, Perkins’ latest will leave readers swooning, sobbing—and rooting for Isla and Josh to write their own happy ending.” –Book Page
“A completely vicarious romantic tale as the teens traverse Manhattan, Paris, and Barcelona.”
“Escapist, glamorous, swoon-worthy, but also thought-provoking as it explores the insecurity that arises from wondering if someone you love can ever REALLY love you back as much. Amazing characters, smart dialog, to-die-for settings, off-the-chart romance, this series has it all—including an appearance from fan fave St. Clair!” —Justine Magazine

Lydia Magazine—Editors Picks/Summer Reading—June 9, 2014
BookPage—review and Top Teen Pick—August 2014—Laini Taylor interview—April 16, 2014—“How Reality Became the Hot New Thing in YA”—May 2, 2014— chapter reveal and interview—May 9, 2014—summer reading preview—May 20, 2014
Shelf Awareness Pro—BEA Buzz Books: Middle Grade & YA—May 22, 2014—11 YA Books with Happy Endings—June 10, 2014
USA Today’s Happy Ever After—blurb reveal—May 23, 2014—“Quirky is the New Black”—May 27, 2014
Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row—mention—July 4, 2014—“The Dudes Who Read Young Adult Fiction”—June 8, 2014—interview—July 10, 2014—fall YA preview—July 14, 2014—“The 10 Most Crushworthy Leading Men in YA”—June 18, 2014
PW Children’s Bookshelf—pre-pub campaign feature—July 24, 2014
PW Children’s Bookshelf—“What’s Selling at Malaprop’s”—July 29, 2014
Bustle—“August’s Best YA Books”—August 1, 2014

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  1. Olivia Harvard said...:

    Stephanie Perkins is one of my favourite authors and I'm so excited to get my hands on Isla and the Happily Ever After. Great blog post!

  1. i have yet to read these stories, but the more that i see them and hear about them, the more i think i should!