Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

December 19, 2011 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★★

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsTitle: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
Published by: Dutton Juvenile on September 29, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
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Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Also in this series: Anna and the French Kiss
Also by this author: Anna and the French Kiss, Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

I adore Stephanie Perkins’ writing. She made a stellar debut with Anna and the French Kiss and she didn’t disappoint with this one.

Lola is definitely a quirky character. Not only does she love wearing the craziest costumes everyday, but she’s also snarky and innocent. Set in San Francisco and living with two fathers, her background is very unique and interesting and you’ll see all of that unfold throughout the book. The romance and love story is subtle and cute, again, a book that would appeal to teens.

One of my favorite aspects was that Anna and St. Clair make appearances all throughout the book. Now, you should know that you didn’t have to read Anna and the French Kiss before reading this book, there is nothing that relates to them significantly here to make you feel like you’re missing anything. It’s just fun for those who have read that book to see these characters again and catch up with their lives a bit. And if you haven’t read that book, it might even get you interested in checking it out.

One thing I couldn’t stand, was the name Cricket. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Cricket, sweet and funny guy, clear spark between him and Lola, but I hate his name. It’s mentioned so many times throughout the book, obviously, it kind of annoyed me and I was like “Why, Stephanie, why?!”. Yes, it’s different and memorable, but I’m not a fan.

Anyways, as far as the story goes, I really enjoyed it. Stephanie’s writing is fun, cute, and appealing. I liked this a bit more than Anna and the French Kiss though, simply because Lola and Cricket’s love seemed to flow better and Lola’s struggles to discover and be proud of herself and realizing her feelings for Cricket was entertaining and genuine.

Honestly, if you love a cute love story and don’t mind his name so much, then you’ll definitely want to check this one out.

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