Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins ~ Impeccable Reviews

Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Speak
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Format: Digital Library eBook
Page Count: 338

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.


I just can't help smiling every time I think about this book. I loved this sequel just as much as I liked Anna and the French Kiss. Lola is our new main character and she is a very unique one. Dolores Nolan lives in the San Francisco area of California with her two fathers, Nathan and Andy. They adopted Lola after her ungrateful, hobo mother abandoned her. Lola loves creating and wearing different extravagant costumes and she has a boyfriend Max, who is....let's just say well over 18. As you can imagine, this could cause some issues when you have not one, but two very protective fathers. Everything seems to be going great until Cricket Bell shows up again with his twin Calliope Bell. Just like St. Clair, I loved Cricket's character. He is so caring and nice and he is a part of THE Bell family. Yeah that's right. He is directly related to Alexander Bell the famous inventor.

One of my favorite things about this book is the inclusion of the main characters from the first book, Anna and St. Clair. They are colleagues and friends to Lola. Anna and St. Clair were actually a part of the plot. I was afraid Stephanie would just briefly mention them. Lola and Cricket's story are similar to Anna and St. Clair's but it is still very different and exciting in its own way. This book is like Anna and the French Kiss, except the roles have switched. Lola is in a similar state St. Clair was in at the beginning of the first book, and Cricket is in Anna's situation. This is why when St. Clair and Anna gave Lola advice, it was always valid because they understood what she and Cricket were going through. 

The romance in this book was great. The whole time I was just rooting for the main characters. I don't think I have smiled so much while reading a book before. The end of this novel makes you feel so satisfied and filled with joy. After I had finished the book, I had the same urge I had with the first book to pick it up again right away and reread it. Now I am super excited to see how Stephanie wraps up all the characters in the last book Isla and the Happily Ever After.

My Rating:

5 out of 5 stars


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