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.

Reviewed by nitzan_schwarz on

4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars (This was so adorable!)

After reading Anna and the French Kiss, and loving it, I knew I needed to read Lola and the Boy Next Door... and fast. That's how I found myself starting this book right after I finished the first.
Like in Anna, I fell in love with the story from the first page. This is definitely a series I recommend happily.

Lola is the main character of this story is and she tells the story. She is a really cool person; wearing a different "costume" every day, designing and creating her own outfits. I'd love to have a friend like her! I fell for Lola's voice immediately. A reviewer I love said she loved her "More-ness", and I agree. Lola is definitely more. Her voice was also very authentic, much like Anna's, only in a different way.

Then there is Cricket. He's adorable. I love his name (contrary to most people). He's this quirky, awkward, shy guy. He's so sweet and thoughtful and kind. And he really, really cares about Lola. I think he'll make a fantastic boyfriend, and I loved him!

As for the side characters...

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