Saturday, 19 April 2014

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


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 negihborhood. 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.

 Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback
Goodreads Rating: 3.98/5
My Rating: 9/10

I'm all smiles. Just like the first book in this series, Lola and the Boy Next Door, is wonderfully written, has a collection of fantastic and enjoyable characters, and makes me want to read it again right away.
I love these kinds of sweet love stories, a nice balance of sweet moments and realistic troubles. 
I fell into this book as easily as I fell into Anna and the French Kiss.
I thought that all throughout this book, the pacing was spot on, and the storyline was believable and enjoyable and made me want to keep flipping pages.
The standout thing about this novel, though, has to be its characters. Lola and Cricket were quite simply phenomenal. From the first entrance of Cricket Bell, I knew this was going to be a story that hooked me, because he was such an interesting character. Pair that with Lola's unique flair, and their stumbling romance, and you've got a winner.
I adored this book, and though I would still say that Anna and the French Kiss is my favourite of the series, this one came very, very close to beating it.
I'm not eagerly awaiting the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After.

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