Isla & The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
4 out of 5 stars
I don't know why it has taken me so long to review this book, maybe because I can't say much other than "I loved it". I am in love with Stephanie Perkins' world she has created around these three girls...Anna, Lola, and Isla. It's not just the plot but the scene she sets in each city, each book. So I decided not to bother with a normal review and just give you my favorite lines. Obviously, this will have all kinds of spoilers but I figure you've either read this already or never heard of it. So if you've already read it, enjoy and share your favorite parts below! And if you haven't read it, stop here, go read my review of Anna & The French Kiss, and get thee to a bookstore! :)
...it opens with the delicious crack of a hard spine being tested for the first time.<--This is exactly *exactly* how I felt opening this book.
Whenever he enters a room, an unmistakable mass of chaotic energy enters with him. It rattles the air between us. It buzzes and hums. And every time we surrender--every time our eyes meet in a flash of nerve--a shock wave jolts throughout my entire system. I feel frayed. Excited. Unraveled.
But when someone who knows him doesn't even want to try to understand him? No, I can't forgive that.
"You read a lot."
"Safer than going on a real adventure."
"I like that you're tiny. I like that I could carry you around in my pocket."
"Mon petit chou." My little cabbage.
"I feel like this...awkward giant around you. You're like this perfect porcelain doll. Delicate and sweet and pretty."
I'm covered in garden roses, spinning compasses, falling leaves, desert islands, Joshua trees, and intricate geometric patterns. It's beautiful. I'm beautiful.
"I love you. I have *always* loved you."
"There's no story. I saw you one day, and I just knew."
"I like the temple's reflecting pool. I kind of just wanted to sit beside it and make out with you."
Josh is a beautiful, messy, passionate work of art, and I'm...a blank canvas.
"...for once in your life, Isla, take a risk. Take a fucking risk. If you keep playing it safe, you'll never know who you are. I know who you are, and I love who you are."
How do people even make friends? How does that happen? (awesome poster by Kitkat Lastimosa)
Silver-white flakes catch in our tangle of red hair.
"Something better is about to happen."
Anna and St Clair are standing on top of Point Zero.
Anna's entire body lights with shock and joy and love.