Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

January 19, 2015

Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
Published by Usborne Books on 28th September 2011
Source: Bought Physical Copy
Pages: 384
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion... she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola's past be the love of her future?

I didn’t think it was possible to love a book more than I loved Anna, but I was wrong. So wrong. Lola and the Boy Next Door wove its way into my heart and refused to let me go until I had turned the very last page.

Set in San Francisco, it doesn’t quite have the magic of Parish, but there was never any question on where this book should be set. Lola is more San Fran than Paris, everything about her, from her clothes to her family just fits in with that city.

Lola. Where do I begin? Equal parts crazy to utter design genius, I loved her. There was something about her that just appealed right from the start. She’s far from normal, and that is most definitely not a bad thing. Lola is Lola and that’s that.

Cricket. Oh my. I think every girl secretly wishes they had a Cricket (human, not insect) living next to them at some point in their lives. The way he cared for Lola made my heart ache. Everyone deserves their own Cricket. Unfortunately, Lola and Cricket weren’t as plain sailing as they should’ve been. Max, Lola’s boyfriend, stood in their way. And my gosh, he was a total dick. Literally. I spent the majority of my time willing Lola to get rid of him, the idiotic, egotistical oaf. Compared to Cricket, he stood no chance with Lola. He didn’t love Lola, he just used her as a toy and I hated it.

I honestly thought I would never say this, but I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door more than I loved Anna and the French Kiss. (I actually just typed that. No going back now.) This is probably the most perfect, romantic, contemporary young adult series I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and I seriously urge every single one of you to start reading it if you haven’t already.

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