Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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

by Stephanie Perkins

In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think

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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I enjoyed Anna's story, and likewise, enjoyed Lola's story. Lola was a great character. She was comfortable in her own skin and super creative, but I am not going to pretend I was OK with her relationship with Max. That bothered me a little, though I was happy with how Perkins resolved that. I loved Lola's dads, they were all sorts of wonderful, and I appreciated that they made Lola's dating life a little difficult, because, you know, I wasn't OK with that boyfriend, but what I really, really loved, was Cricket. This boy was so sweet and adorable and just an all around great guy. He definitely charmed me, and I had no problem shipping him.

At first, I didn't get how Lola fit into this series, but then Anna and Etienne showed up to the party. I have to admit, I smiled when they first appeared. I love catching up with past characters and it was great to get this update.

Overall: A romance, which charmed me with its story of friendship, family, and forgiveness.

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