Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Released September 29, 2011
Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4/5

Summary

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 (Summary from Goodreads).




Review

Another cute contemporary novel by Stephanie Perkins!

Any of you who have read Anna and the French Kiss will certainly enjoy this, as well! Although this book is not necessarily a direct sequel to Anna and the French Kiss, some characters from the first book make appearances in this one (Anna and Etienne).  Although I typically do not read contemporary, I really enjoyed the warm and fuzzy feelings from Perkins' books!

There are some similarities between Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door.  The characters have very unique interests and personalities.  Lola's passion is fashion - not just any fashion, but costumes!  Her mother is a deadbeat, and she is adopted by her uncle and his partner.  Both assume the role of strict parenting.  Lola actually has a boyfriend in the beginning of the book - a rocker band dude that's about 5 years older than her (she's 17, he's 22).  She absolutely adores him to the dismay of her parents, but when her childhood friend and crush Cricket Bell moves back next door, everything changes.

Not only is Cricket's name unique, but also his interests.  Cricket had always had a passion for inventing things.  When he returns next door to Lola, however, we find that Cricket seems skittish whenever Lola brings up his former passion.  He also has this habit of writing little notes on the back of his hand, which Lola always notices.  He is literally the most adorable fictional character gahhhh these books give me unrealistic expectations of men.

Even if this sounds kind of cheesy (and it kind of is), the warm and fuzzy feelings are sooooo worth it!

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