Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kimberly discovers Lola and the Boy Next Door Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: YES!!!
Rating: 5 stars

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.

A month ago I had NO idea that Lola was a sequel/companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss (which I adored). I started reading the book and nearly dropped it when Lola started talking about her coworker, Anna and her boyfriend… I LOVED that little glimpse that we get of what happens after Anna and the French Kiss ended.
As for Lola? She is adorable. I liked her from the start. Her style. Her sense of humor. Her FAMILY. (Her Dad’s are hilarious. “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do”, “Honey, that saying doesn’t really work when you’re gay.”
All of the characters were, as to be expected of Stephanie Perkins, so fully developed and imagined that I connected with them. I loved them and hated a few of them. I was so invested in Lola’s relationship with her rocker boyfriend, half the time I was seeing him through her eyes, which made his character an interesting one for me. Cricket was also quite nice… ;) I first thought “what kind of dumb name is that??” It didn’t take me long to change my mind.

If you want a fun, contemporary read, with characters that you will love, with a romance that you will love, give this a read. Don’t forget to pick up Anna and the French Kiss first!

Have you read Lola? Or Anna? Tell me about it in the comments!


  1. I actually read LOLA first before ANNA and just completely went crazy about this week. I loved Lola and yes, she was an easy character to connect with. And I just absolutely adore Cricket Bell. I have to say that I liked this second book than the first. :)

    1. I'm a bit undecided... Anna or Lola? Anna for the location, Lola for the characters.

  2. I'm not familiar with either book, but it sounds like fun. :O)

  3. I've read Lola and liked it :) But I didn't always like Lola as a character, I did however like Calliope, I think she was just stressed out (don't get me wrong, she could have been nicer sometimes...)

  4. I think Anna was better for the scenery and feeling like you were actually in Paris but Lola & Cricket are my favorite couple. I just adored how adorably awkward they were at times.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth


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