Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: September 29, 2011
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Lola and the Boy Next Door is book two in the Anna and the French Kiss collection of books. I’m not sure if this is a series or a trilogy, but book three, Isla and the Happily Ever After comes out in August of this year! I’m so excited for its release!
Lola is a 16 year old girl that designs costumes. She is dating a 22 year old guy named Max, that is in a band. Max and Lola’s relationship is anything but simple, especially since Lola’s parents, Nathan and Andy, do not approve of Max and Lola dating. Having one overprotective father is bad enough, but two is almost unbearable.
Lola works with Anna (from Anna and the French Kiss) at the movie theater and has to watch how happy Anna and her boyfriend, St. Clair are together. Something about their relationship makes Lola uncomfortable, but she can’t place what it is. That is, until one day when she gets new neighbors. Calliope and Cricket Bell are twins that used to be friends with Lola until they had to move due to Calliope’s training as a figure skater. Lola and Cricket had become very close and everyone was sure they would end up together. Lola even found the perfect present for Cricket’s birthday, but never got the chance to give it to him since she wasn’t invited to his birthday party. Cricket told her the next morning that they were moving and that was the last she heard from him.
Until now. With her relationship with Max on the rocks and Cricket’s sudden reappearance, Lola’s unique life has become even more out of whack. Lola has to decide between Cricket and Max in order to find true happiness, while also dealing with being a teenage girl that gets made fun at school, two overbearing fathers, and a biological mother that comes and goes from her life whenever she feels like it.
I really enjoyed this story and gave it a 4/5. I enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss more, but Lola and the Boy Next Door was an equally endearing love story.