About the book:
Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
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.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
*This is the sequel to Anna and the French Kiss, but this could work well as a standalone as well, as the storylines are completely different, it’s just that Anna and Etienne are introduced first.*
This book, even though it wasn’t as good as its prequel Anna and the French Kiss, was pretty enjoyable and light! The book did not cover many sensitive topics and due to the easiness of the read, I breezed through it.
The story centres around a teenage girl named Lola, who designs costumes and loves fashion. She is dating an older boy named Max, with whom she is satisfied at the moment. But then the Bell twins- Calliope, a competitive figure skater whom Lola doesn’t really get along with, and Cricket, an inventor and science geek whom she used to have feelings for- move back next door to her, and she finds her feelings returning for Cricket. Who does her heart desire more, Cricket or Max, and which one will she end up with?
I found that Lola wasn’t the most likeable character, but I warmed up to her while reading the book. She wasn’t the nicest and most sensitive to others’ feelings, and I felt like she was a bit selfish and whiny. I also didn’t really like her lack of honesty, as she seemed to be keeping secrets from people and made quite a bit of little white lies. But characters aren’t really all that realistic without their flaws, and those flaws are what made Lola a pretty honest portrayal of an average teen! Because of that, and despite her unpleasantness, I often found myself willing to read about her and what was going on in her life.
Max, her boyfriend, wasn’t really the nicest, either. I found him to be unforgiving and a bit iffy, it was just something about him. He seemed to be the type of person to hold grudges really easily and find it hard to let go of them. I find these characters a bit harder to read about, and plus I honestly don’t think he was the one f0r Lola.
I really liked Cricket, though! He was a really nice guy, and seemed pretty smart, too! I mean, he built an elevator for Lola’s dollhouse at six years old! That’s amazing, and he’s got to be pretty clever to do that! He also seemed to be very caring about Lola, hence the feelings he had for her upon returning. He was very patient and really listened, which are great qualities in friends and potential partners!
Overall, this book was pretty amusing, though a bit slow sometimes. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet, light-hearted romance, regardless of whether or not you’ve read Anna and the French Kiss. For those who have read the first book, don’t you worry, even though they may not be main characters, Anna and Etienne are back!
Rating: 4/5 Stars!