Isla and the Happily Ever After is the third book in Stephanie Perkins’ romantic trilogy. Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door are the two first. They are all really wonderful realistic fiction YA romance novels. (FYI…The first and third are my favorites.)
Isla (pronounced “Eye la”) is a senior at an American school in Paris where she is struggling to know what to do after graduation. She is undecided about where to attend college and what major to pursue. What she does know is that she has been in love with Josh, an artist and fellow senior, since 9th grade, and finally the stars align. Once Isla and Josh make their feelings known, their relationship becomes a passionate whirlwind. Josh is confident in his artistic ability and knows what art school he will attend next year; he hopes to persuade Isla to attend Dartmouth so they can stay together. Isla is insecure in the relationship, never feeling that she is deserving of Josh’s love or that he truly loves her. Unfortunately, she allows low self-esteem to overwhelm her which causes her to make poor decisions.
In the end, the whole gang is reunited in Paris: Anna and St. Clair, Lola and Cricket, and Isla and Josh.
This trilogy is highly recommended for romantics.