Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola Nolan has three goals in life.

  1. Create the most perfect Marie Antoinette costume to wear to her winter formal.
  2. Convince her dads that her older, punk rocker boyfriend Max, really isn’t all that bad.
  3. Never see the Bell twins again. 

When Calliope and Cricket Bell return to her neighbourhood, Lola doesn’t know what to do. Should she avoid them? Try and be friendly? And what does the return of Cricket, her childhood crush, mean for her relationship with Max?!

Stephanie Perkins’ books are the epitome of cuteness. Like if this series were an animal, it would be a fluffy white kitten with a pink ribbon around it’s neck. And when it meowed, even the most cold hearted and jaded reader would grin and say “awwww”. If you’re not into kittens, rainbows and glitter, Perkins may not be for you. However, if like me, you have a weakness for all things cute and sweet, Lola and the Boy Next Door is a must read. It’s a YA romance featuring great characters, and writing that perfectly captures the feeling of being in love for the first time.

My only real complaint about this book is that the plot felt a little too similar to it’s predecessor, Anna and the French Kiss. Both books rely heavily on their love triangle element for drama, and I felt that the first book had a slightly better version of this story line. What most sets the two books apart is their characters, in particular, their narrators. While Anna is your typical “girl next door” type character, Lola is quirky and dramatic. Lola treats every day as if it were an elaborate costume party, talks to the moon when she feels in need of guidance, and scorns the opinions of her peers. Ultimately, I found Lola a bit more interesting than Anna, though both characters are quite likeable. Their love interests also vary quite dramatically. While St. Clair from the first book is charming and confident, Cricket is more of a loner, preferring to tinker with his inventions than socialise.

Ultimately, I’m absolutely loving this series so far. It’s just so much fun, and the books genuinely bring a smile to my face. I can’t wait to start reading Isla and the Happily Ever After.

My rating:

four stars

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