Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door–Stephanie Perkins

 

 

  Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Lola and the Boy Next Door
(Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Stephanie Perkins

My rating:

5 star

Goodreads summary:

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit–more sparkly, more fun, more wild–the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded 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.

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Previous books in series:

Anna and the French Kiss

Just like the previous book in the series this book was just adorable. It doesn’t matter that the story is slightly predictable because it just feels right. It’s just a really good blend of learning how to be who you are without feeling bad about it, and learning to cope with growing up, and all the while finding out what it means to fall for someone completely. And in the meantime we also get a new glimpse at Anna and Etienne, so that was just a sweet bonus. I am just so happy that I finally got around to reading this book and am stoked to read the next and last one, Isla and the Happily Ever After.

Lola is an amazing character because she has so many different facets to her personality. She makes for a great person to follow in the story. She also has a slightly special home situation, her parents being a gay couple. But I loved that the story really wasn’t about that, it was just a fact of Lola’s life. Cricket is a very fun character to explore as well. I’m still slightly confused by the name because it feels a bit odd, but I think it’s cute. And he too came from a less “normal” home setting, due to his sister’s career. But this was just something that shaped him as a person and is not the main focus of the story.

This book so beautifully captures what it is like to be young and confused. The story just grabs hold of you and drags you with it, all the way till the end. And I just love it when a story pulls me in like this. It’s one of the best feelings as a reader and I treasure it every time it happens. The pacing really adds to the captivating aspect of the book. And the writing just brings sets of the whole thing perfectly. And it just felt like coming home again, after being away from Anna and the French kiss for so long.

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