Sunday, March 22, 2015

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, Romance, Contemporary
Published: September 2011

My Rating: 3/5


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.

I must start by saying that I really liked Anna and the French Kiss, it’s incredibly cute. Here's my review if you’re interested in reading it:

After I finished the first book in the series I wanted to get my hands on Lola and the Boy Next Door and read it right away… I must say that, sadly, it didn’t meet my expectations.

I’m not saying that it’s bad at all, but I liked Anna and the French Kiss so much that I expected to like this one just as much. When I really like a book, I just can’t wait to have some free time so that I can keep reading it. That didn’t happen with this book.


I’ll try to keep this as spoiler-free as I can.

And by the way, you don’t really need to have read Anna and the French Kiss to read this, Anna and her boyfriend do appear in this book though, but you don’t really have to know their story for this book… Although it’s cute if you do know it, because you get to see how they’ve been doing.

I have to say that I really liked Lola, she seemed like a smart girl and I loved that she had such a unique style. She was raised by her gay parents, both male. I did love that too, it’s great to see that families like that are more and more common nowadays.

There’s also Max, Lola’s boyfriend. Hmm I didn’t really like him, but I did not hate him either or anything, it was like ‘Ok, whatever, from the moment we pick up this book we know that she’s not gonna end up with him, so…’ and you’re just waiting for the moment when they break up, because you know it’s going to happen. And I know there are some people who say that Stephanie made Max a little bit of an asshole in the end so we wouldn’t blame Lola for leaving him for Cricket or whatever… but dude, I think he was a little bit of an asshole from the very beginning, he was just very good at hiding it. It was there.

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And then there’s Cricket. He was really sweet and crazy about Lola, I also liked their story a lot, it was cute. But it did take a lot of time for them to get together, and I still don’t understand how neither of them was incredibly angry at Calliope (God, I love that name) for doing what she did. It was all her fault!

Oh and Calliope also mentions Cricket’s ex-girlfriend… Was I the only one who wanted to know more about that? Haha.

Like I said, Anna and St. Clair appear in this book. A lot. But I have to admit that Anna felt kind of different from the last book, more mature, I think? Étienne was just the same goofball as always. I really like them, it was nice to have them and their cuteness back.

Well, that’s pretty much all I have to say. I read this book, it was nice, I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it.

Now I really don’t know if I should read Isla and the Happily Ever After. I didn’t really want to read it when I heard that the love interest was Josh, and now that I read Lola and didn’t like it that much even though I liked the main characters, I don’t think I’ll like the third one, I’m not a big fan of Josh.

Have you read Lola and the Boy Next Door? What did you think of it?
Oh and if you read Isla and the Happily Ever After, would you recommend it?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye!

23 comments:

  1. Love the Katy Perry gif and omg I really need to get started on this series. First off I couldn't even find the first two books at my local bookstore so there was only the third one. I heard that these books can be read alone as a standalone but Idk how that works and if it's true. Awesome review :D

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

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    1. Thanks!! Hahah I love it too, it described my feelings perfectly :3... They can totally be read as standalones, but I would recommend to start with the first one :) because later some people from the previous books start to appear :D

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  4. This looks like a nice book! I haven't read the first one yet, so I may have to do that ♥
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

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    1. The first one is amazing!! I loved it ^-^ I totally recommend it.

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  5. Ah it's always so disappointing when you've loved a book that much and then the sequel just isn't the same! Maybe persevere with the third one - you never know, it might surprise you! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. Yes, I hate it when that happens :( hmm maybe you're right, I could give the third one a chance. And they're really quick reads! Thanks for your nice comment! ^-^

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  6. Thanks dear, following you too!! :*

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  8. The first was so good! am looking for an light read any suggestions?
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    1. Yes, the first book's awesome! Hmm the ones that come to my mind right now would be The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, The Selection trilogy, The Lonely Hearts Club, The Two Princesses of Bamarre and All-American Girl :D

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  9. Seems a very interesting and cute book!
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  10. I definitely agree Carla. I adored the first one, but I didn't connect as well with this couple as good as with Anna and St. Clair.
    Lovely blog by the way. :)
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    Jess @ Jess Time To Read

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    1. Finally someone who gets me! Haha. Most people love all the books from the series.
      Thank you so much!! ^-^ And thanks for the support! Of course I'd love to follow you too.

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  12. I still haven't decided wether or not to give this author a try - her books are everywhere!

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