The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee.
Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”
His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me.
And then…he blinks. “Isla?”
Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.
Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.
I wasn’t expecting to not enjoy this as much as I’d hoped I would. The previous books had been 5 stars, brilliant and romantic. But this left me somewhat deflated and…annoyed.
Isla can only be described as an obsessed stalker when it comes to Josh. Ever since her first year at the School of America in Paris (which is…in France) she’s been infatuated with him. He barely knew she existed, or so she thought.
Upon stumbling into a cafe in Manhattan where Josh is sitting quietly, his pen sketching away idly, Isla babbles on and on, drugged up on painkillers. It is kinda funny.
Months later, though, she hasn’t seen or heard from him and she has her best friend Kurt do most of the spying because she’s too much of a wimp to look herself.
I actually didn’t mind Kurt. Yeah he had his problems, but in honest, he was harmless. A bit too truthful, maybe. Blunt, yes. But he cared for Isla, and not in the whole romance way. Although there were times I was expecting him to declare his love. I think that’s just from reading too many love triangle centred books.
So when Josh actually enters Isla’s life, Kurt’s thrown out of the picture and I feel so bad for him because he doesn’t deserve it. I’m a strong believer in that if you get a boyfriend/girlfriend, whatever, you shouldn’t just ditch your friends (however unintentional) just because “you’re in loooove” I mean, really. NO!
The thing that really bothered me in this book, is how quickly Josh and Isla’s relationship moved on and it was a bit too eye-rollingly annoying. In the past two books, sure the girls/guys have liked each other from the start, but nothing has really happened until near the end because in that way, they can grow closer, and we (the reader) can understand them as people instead of them being thrown together and it’s just like those ‘insta-love’ stories. I have no time to process anything when that happens. Instead, I end up disliking Isla because she’s whiny, paranoid, and thinks so little of herself. And I guess in a tiny way, she reminds me of me. Minus the romance.
She was just too…much. And Josh was…a little over the top. Obsessive. It always makes me laugh when they say “I’ve been in love with you since I first saw you” REALLY? I hate to say this but…that’s SO cliche.
Okay, negatives aside, there were some moments that I liked and didn’t feel like I wanted to slap Isla and Josh over the head with a piano. The past characters showing up was probably my favourite. Later in the book than I’d anticipated, but it never fails to get me all excited. I miss the rest of them so much. And the little surprise that happened…aww. Although I have my thoughts, I just can’t say them without spoiling what happened.
The writing as always throughout this book reads just as effortlessly as the past books. How easily it is to slip into someone’s world just fascinates me.
Isla made a lot of mistakes and she was annoying (to me) but in a way, she came out of it stronger. I’ll miss these characters that have left an imprint on my heart and I will probably reread them at some point, just to refresh the memories.
Over all, not a bad read. But sadly it wasn’t up there with the others. I guess, like with a lot of Calliope’s skating, 3 times in a row is not always guaranteed.
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