Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins is a young adult, contemporary romance novel that was published on September 28, 2011 by Dutton Books. It’s a companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss.
This book review might have some spoilers, so please don’t read ahead if you haven’t read the book yet.
This book is told by Dolores Nolan’s point of view; she’s also known as Lola. Lola is an eccentric costume designer who has outrageous outfits and crazy, colorful wigs. She only has 2 wishes, one being her parents accepting her 22 year old boyfriend Max(when she’s only 17) and second showing up to her school dance as Marie Antoinette. That is untill the Bell twins come back to town.
The Bell twins; Caillope and Cricket are back because Cricket is attending Berkeley and Caillope needs a new trainor for her ice-skating career in order to enter the Olympics this year.
Before the twins moved away 2 summers ago, Cricket and Lola had their romance but it ended badly before they left. Once he shows up again, their love for each other grows stronger like it never left in the first place.
This story was so heart-warming. Lola was bascially the Etienne St.Clair of the relationship between Lola and Cricket. The one whose in a romantic relationship but can’t let it go while they fall in love with someone else.
So, I loved the fact that St. Clair helped her figure it out explaining his experience with Anna that year in Paris.
Unlike being in Paris, the story is set in San Francisco which was a big difference.
Lola was so inspirational. The way she carried herself and the way she didn’t care how people looked at her when she wore crazy outfits was admirable.
Something I enjoyed reading was the fact that Lola was raised by 2 gay men; her uncle and father. I’ve never read a book like that so it was enjoyable to read. Her fathers made me laugh. I have to admit that Andy was my favorite father, like his attitude was so amazing.
Cricket Bell was so precious. Like when Lola and Max were still together, he would be so cautious and shy. I’m not usually connected to those types of characters, but I loved something about him.
I loved this book; the only reason why I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars was Lola’s boyfriend Max. Just the way people like her parents talked about him and his relationship . & also the way he treated Lola but she was so in love with him that she barely noticed how badly he treated her.
But I loved the fact that Anna and Etienne were in this one. I really liked how they mentioned Etienne’s mom and that she’s okay which made me happy because I was wondering once they were mentioned.
Hopefully Anna and Etienne and Lola and Cricket show up in the Isla and the Happily Ever After.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read Anna and the French Kiss and anyone who’s in a romantic, cutesy feeling. This book will put you in a good mood with it’s light-heartness.