Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.

Isla and the Happily Ever After –
Dutton Children’s Books

I am hard on myself. But isn’t it better to be honest about these things before someone else can use them against you? Before someone else can break your heart? Isn’t it better to break it yourself? I thought honesty made people strong.
— Chapter 27

“Ugh, then who cares? You won’t lose anything you haven’t already lost.” She flicks a snowflake from the tip of my nose. “For once in your life, listen to your younger sister. She’s taller, and she knows better than you.”
— Chapter 30


First things first: It’s pronounced Eye-la ... like the first syllable of island. And now that we have that out of the way, secondly a confession: I still like Anna and the French Kiss best out of this series, but that is simple bias for the fish-out-of-water-experience the protagonist has in that book. Isla is firmly settled into her boarding school life and thus you won’t get the beautiful exploration phase of Paris in this book. Here you get the equally beautiful phase of two people quite freely admitting that they like each other and then encounter obstacles and manage them. I liked that the two didn’t have lengthy “does the other person like me at all moments” but that this story addresses the “does the other person love and accept me enough to overcome these problems”.
And the cameos of the other two couples cleverly gave both of them a great conclusion. I couldn’t stop smiling when I read that part. There were other parts of this book when I had to put it down and walk away for a few moments for love to hate this reasons, but I basically read this book in one sitting. An engrossing feel-good read with none of the shallow vapidity.
You can read this book without having read the other two books. But if you plan on reading those as well, I strongly recommend that you read them in order.

No creative question this week, just plain asking you to share your teasers in the comments. And if you celebrate this week: happy Thanksgiving to you!

6 comments:

Laura Thomas said...

I like both teasers. The first is profound and the second is fun. I should read this as the writing grabbed me right away.
Here is my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/11/25/teaser-tuesdays-89-rehab-is-for-witches/

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Good Teasers. Sounds like I'd better read Anna and the French Kiss first!
My Tuesday post features RAINSHADOW ROAD.

Cleo Bannister said...

You've chosen a couple of cracking teasers this week even if you do prefer Anna and the French Kiss. Here is my TT https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/teaser-tuesday-november-25/

Tribute Books Mama said...

Nice teasers!

Laura said...

Good teasers. Thanks for sharing that. I was curious about that book and the series, but I am so far behind in my reading it will be a while before I get to it.
My teaser this week is from Solomon's Whisper by Sandra Brannan

Lark Andrea said...

I LOVED this one. Great teasers!
Reading Lark's Teasers

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