Book Reviews

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

16101168 (1)Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
Edition: Paperback, 338 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published July 9th 2013 by Speak (first published September 29th 2011)
Setting: San Francisco, California (United States)
Rating: ★★★★
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the 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.


“I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”

This book is the sequel to Anna and the French Kiss and as expected it didn’t let the first book down. I loved all the new and old (yes. Anna and Etienne are both reoccurring here) characters and I really enjoyed the story.

Lola and the Boy Next Door, like Anna, was such a quick and exciting read. It fills you up with thoughts of love, friendship, family and of course, the fictional boy to die for.

Cricket and Lola was very different from Etienne and Anna. They were all unique in their own way and that made the story even better.

Cricket was the very definition of a “good guy”. He was geeky, awkward, genuine, shy but he was still sweet, romantic and very swoon worthy. He’s the kind of guy that when you introduce him to your parents they would love him to pieces!

In the other hand, Lola was a very creative and unique character. Her personality, behavior and style is quirky and fun. She represents herself and her passion in the costumes she makes. She might change her outfits everyday but it was all “Lola”. Sometimes I feel like she’s trying to hard to be mature and other times she makes a whole 360 and acts immature and rebel against her parents. But that’s pretty normal for a 17-year-old.

Cricket and Lola had this whole push and pull relationship between them and the tension on whether it is a good idea to try to get together for the second time is enough to keep me on the edge of my seat! At times it makes you think “YES! They’re finally gonna get together” and then for another apparent reason they don’t. I mean… frustrating right?!

Another thing I really liked about this book (and was a bit lacking at Anna) was the involvement of both the characters family. As you guys know (if you’ve read this) Lola’s parents are both gay and I LOVED them so much. This is the first time I’ve ever encountered gay couples in a YA book and I really enjoyed they’re part in the story. They were the very definition of an overprotective parent. And then we have Lola’s biological mother who also played an important role in her life. Cricket’s family was not mentioned that much but his twin sister does. I think Calliope was also a very protective sister to Cricket. As I was reading I got the idea that she just doesn’t want Cricket to get hurt.

I actually thought that the message of this book was stronger compared to Anna. It showed how Lola had to come to grips with who she is and learn to accept herself as well as the people around her.

I may have liked Anna and the French Kiss a bit more (cause it was the story that made me fall inlove with Perkin’s writing) but overall this was truly a great and wonderful sequel and I definitely recommend it to all of you guys.

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6 thoughts on “Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

  1. I actually liked Lola & The Boy Next Door better than Anna! I thought Lola’s character development was amazing, and that quote you mentioned just makes me want to read the books again xD ALSO CRICKET BELL IS ADORABLE ❤

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