Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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

It's time to review another book and time to review book two on the Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss Trilogy...let's do this:


Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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Lola is happy with her life right now, she is a budding costume designer and she loves designing outrageous, sparkly and fun outfits.  She doesn't care that it makes her stand out, it makes her different and she is okay with that.  She has a rocker boyfriend and things are good with that too, her two dads are starting to accept him, so she really thinks her life is okay.

Well, that is until the Bell twins move back next door to her, Calliope and Cricket.  Cricket, a gifted inventor, has always been Calliope's shadow (Calliope is a professional dancer and this year she is going to the Olympics) but Cricket is stepping out of her shadow and moving back into Lola's life and that is going to ruin everything that is right, right now.  Lola, doesn't know how to feel about having Cricket back next door to her, they have a past and it's a past that she doesn't want to relieve and bring it back, she is happy to leave where it is: in the past.

But Cricket has different plans, he wants to get closer to Lola and he is not going to give up until he finds out why Lola doesn't want him back and he also plans to win her over.  Will he be able to?

Lola and Cricket's story is so cute and there is a past behind it so you just want to keep on reading to find out exactly what happened to them.  And also all the reasons that makes Lola push Cricket away.  Of course, I'm NOT going to tell you, you are going to have to read the book, but you will love it, trust me.

Another thing that I loved about this story is how different characters these two where, Lola is colorful and not afraid to go out the way she is and she really doesn't give a crap what people thinks about the way she dresses and I loved her for that, I want her confidence :)  And Cricket?  He wasn't far from Lola, he dresses differently from other people too and he doesn't care either. So? Conclusion? These two were made for each other :) :) :)

I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars, even though I loved the story behind and loved the characters, I wanted more San Francisco thrown in as we got Paris in the first place, so not much world building.  And we got to see Anna and St. Clair but not as much, so there really wasn't much side characters and I really loved how the side characters were part of the first book.  But besides that it still was a great book; totally recommend it.

XOXO,

Nelia