isla1_2014Malaprop’s bookstore will host a launch party at 7 p.m. on Thursday for the third book by Asheville author Stephanie Perkins. Isla and the Happily Ever After has been winning high praise. The book is the third in a series of interconnected romances. More from Malaprop’s:

Local favorite Stephanie Perkins’ romantic trio is finally complete with Isla and the Happily Ever After! Called “the Jane Austen of our generation” by NYT bestselling author Tahereh Mafi, Stephanie has won fans all over the world with her well-written romances Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Isla features cameos by the main characters of the last two books. Come celebrate with Stephanie, the ecstatic bookstore staff, and tons of fans on Isla’s official “birthday”!

And here are a couple of reviews:

From Barnes & Noble
For Isla, her City of Lights crush on Josh must have seemed almost hopeless; the introverted cartoonist was clearly too preoccupied with his drawings to notice any girl; but eventually, as in every heart-lifting Stephanie Perkins teen romance, all good things happen to the young couple. The sweet conclusion to the much-beloved Anna and the French Kiss series. (P.S. Series enthusiasts will be gratified to learn that Anna, Lola, Cricket, and Étienne all receive meaningful cameos in this novel.)

Publishers Weekly
08/04/2014
Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss) completes her trilogy of interlinked romances with a strong finale that examines the emotional intensity of a relationship from its earliest stages. Isla, a senior at the School of America in Paris, has had a crush on fellow senior Josh since freshman year, but it is only now that he reciprocates her feelings; their relationship quickly gathers steam. Perkins takes full advantage of her romantic Parisian setting, though the intimacy she establishes between her characters through penetrating dialogue and insight into the agonies and ecstasies of first love would shine anywhere. When Josh gets expelled and the couple becomes estranged, Isla spirals into despair that Perkins explores with aching intensity. Isla’s vulnerability, coupled with her burgeoning sense of identity and desire to maintain her individuality in life and in love, makes her an especially rich character. The supporting cast, including Isla’s high-functioning autistic friend Kurt, her prickly younger sister, and Josh himself are equally well realized, and the author’s fans will enjoy appearances from characters from past books, too. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, kt literary. (Aug.)

Congratulations to Stephanie! Come out and support her this week.

One Comment

  1. Seriously, if you haven’t read these books, do yourself a favor! They’re awesome and super sweet!

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