“Isla and the Happily Ever After” by Stephanie Perkins is about Isla, a boarding school student in Paris.
During a school break, Isla travels to Manhattan where she meets Josh, a cartoon artist, who is also studying at the boarding school. Since Isla is taking vicodin after having removed her wisdom teeth, she flirts with Josh, something she would never do if she were sober. Josh takes her home and Isla promises herself never to see him again so mortified is she by her behavior.
When they return to Paris for their senior year, Isla and Josh still feel a connection.
When Isla sees Josh again, she apologizes for her behavior on that day. Josh and Isla become friends and start to spend time together.
Will this friendship turn into something bigger? Will the reality of going to college and the idea of a long-distance relationship keep them apart?
“Isla and the Happily Ever After” is recommended for teens who need to consider relationships, going off to college and how long distances can affect them. This book is also recommended for readers who like romance mixed with the drama that comes with being a teenager.