Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Book: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
Pages: 338
Publisher: Speak
Date Published: July 9th, 2013
Source: Owned
Date Started: November 2nd, 2014
Date Finished: November 4th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: Anna and the French KissIsla and the Happily Ever After

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.

Hey guys! Sorry for not posting lately, I’ve just had a lot going on and haven’t had much time. I also took some time to read Gone Girl, which was kind of dense. I won’t be doing a review of it, but if you’d like to chat about it, feel free to contact me here or on twitter. I’ve also got some exciting news next week, which I will reveal next monday on my birthday 🙂

Today I have a review of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time since I read Anna and the French Kiss. And after the week that i’ve had, I needed something light to relax me. And boy, did it do its job. I was so hooked into it that I read about 100 pages in under two hours. I didn’t even realize it until a took a break and saw how many pages I had read.

So as you can see above, this is part of a series. But you don’t need to read this book as a series. These books are great as standalones, and the stories don’t connect so much that you won’t be so lost if you didn’t read the first book. However, Anna and St. Clair do make a few appearances.  As you can tell, this book is about a girl named Lola… and the boy next door, Cricket. Lola has always had her own sense of style. She dresses in costume everyday and never wears the same outfit twice. Things are going good for her. She’s gotten over the boy next door, and she’s got a new hot boyfriend whose in a band. However, Lola’s past returns to haunt her when her neighbors move back next door and brings back some old feelings. Lola has to deal with these feelings and decide whats best for her.

I was a huge fan of Anna and the French Kiss, but I felt like Lola and the Boy Next Door fell just a little short. what I loved about Anna was that there was so much struggle, which really revealed a lot about the characters. I felt like Lola didn’t struggle as much. She’s always been in love with Cricket, that much is clear, but it seems that once she finally recognizes that she still has feelings for Cricket, which is pretty early on, things seemed to be simplistic. It was a little too simplistic for me. There was a lot of talk about how once you find the right person, things are supposed to just be easy. But I felt like since Lola was in a relationship with another guy, that things weren’t really that simplistic. I felt like things should have been a little more messy. And because things were so simplistic, I didn’t really feel for Lola’s struggle. There are parts when she’s sad, and we’ve all been there at one point or another where things feel like pure despair. But I didn’t really believe it.

But there were lots of things I did like about this book. For one, Lola herself. She struggles with her personality, of who she really is, just like a normal teenager. Lola has her quirky costumes and loves wigs, but she’s got passion. She loves making costumes. The only issue I had with this costume part was I didn’t feel like I got a true background of where her passion comes from. She states that she watched Gone with the Wind one day as a child, and she was in love with the costumes and that was it. I would have liked to see more development of this part. I felt like it would have made Lola a stronger character.

I also loved Lola’s parents. She has two dads, and Lola deals with this like her parents are normal, because it is normal. She has some struggle with her birth mother, which I think was expected considering her mother’s background. I adored her dads, especially the one that bakes pies for a living. He made me laugh and smile.

Over all, I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door. Anna and the French Kiss still holds a more special spot in my heart, but Lola comes in close second. It was the perfect read that I needed after a long and tough week.


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