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

Title: Lola and The Boy Next Door (Anna and The French Kiss #2)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Chick Lit
Release Date: First published by Dutton Juvenile in September 29, 2011
Publisher: Speak (July 9th, 2013)
Format: Paperback
Price:  PHP349 (National Bookstore) | $11.76 (The Book Depository)

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.

This is the 2nd book on the Anna and The French Kiss trilogy of author, Stephanie Perkins. I liked Anna and The French Kiss (click title for my review link) and I did expect a little more from Lola and The Boy Next Door since it is the 2nd book.
So to start, Lola and The Boy Next door is about Lola Nolan and the boy next door. Oh my gosh, that’s not too obvious right?
I’m sorry I won’t do that again. Please don’t abandon my blog post. lol
Okay. If you like Anna and The French, you’ll definitely like this one. But to be honest, I liked Anna more than Lola. Yep, I also mean their characters. Lola Nolan is an aspiring designer. She designs these crazy outfits and she always wears wig everyday, it’s part of her usual outfits – I mean the wig. I think it’s just so weird. Well maybe, it’s really part of her personality, like to be different and all. But I liked how normal Anna is on Anna and The French Kiss. And Lola is so stubborn and hard to understand sometimes.
But at least I liked Cricket Bell! So Lola was best friends with the twins – Calliope and Cricket Bell – who live next door. Was. Well, the Bell twins moved to another place for 2 years because Calliope is a professional figure skater and needs to train for Olympics. And on the day before they left, that was the day when Lola’s friendship with them ended. I won’t say anything more than this because I’ll surely spoil the story.
So, during the 2 years of living without the twins next door, Lola entered into a relationship with this cool rock band member, Max. Max is 5 years older than Lola but they are happy together. Well not quite, because Lola’s parents do not totally approve her relationship with Max – because he’s older, yes and Lola’s too young. And because they’re too protective of her. So basically, Lola has two dads, Andy and Nathan. So Max and Lola are happy with other so far, but not until when the Bell family returned next door. That’s when things went crazy and complicated for Lola.
Just like Anna and The French Kiss, this is sweet, simple, light and fast-phased read. And just like what I’ve said from my review of Anna, I really like how Stephanie Perkins develops her characters and highlights all the side characters. But there’s one thing I noticed on her stories. Perkins has this thing with I’m-already-in-a-relationship-but-I-fell-in-love-with-someone-else. You know, just like St. Claire with… what’s her name again? Oh I forgot. I’m sorry. Anyway, Lola is in a relationship with Max and then Cricket Bell, her childhood best friend, returned.
But what I really liked about Lola and The Boy Next Door is that this is more realistic than Anna and The French Kiss. It’s REAL. Cricket Bell is so normal. I mean normal, as in NORMAL. He’s not the handsome-boy-next-door, or the campus-crush or the St.Claire-like-guy, he’s Cricket Bell and I liked him more than St. Claire. Well, I have this thing with tall men because I’m tall. Haha! And Lola must be weird, and the way she dresses is a bit unusual, yes, (oh, don’t hate me for this… just my opinion), but she’s also real and I like her, but I like Anna better. And the happenings, they’re realistic. You can imagine them on the real world, and that’s what makes the story awesome.
And yeah! I also liked how St. Claire and Anna are part of the whole story. I thought their appearances will be just soooo short or just few scenes. But I liked how Perkins made them part of the whole thing, and how she showed how are the things going on with them after Anna and The French Kiss. I hope this will go on until Isla and The Boy Next Door, and Lola and Cricket be part of it too.
All in all, this is charming, sweet and light read as well. Just like Anna and The French Kiss, you’ll feel younger or more youthful when you read something like this. It’s not like I’m old or something, okay? Young love is beautiful. That’s what I’m trying to say. lol
That’s it guys. Here goes my rating…
*My Overall Rating*

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