Lola and the Boy Next Door

February 14, 2016

After reading, and falling in love, with Anna and the French Kiss, I knew I absolutely had to read Lola and the Boy Next Door afterwards. If you haven't read my book review on Anna and the French Kiss (click here).
The Plot.
Lola, lover of fashion designing and dressing up living in San Francisco. The more colourful, crazy and fun the costume is - the better! Lola and Cricket used to be neighbors. Then they were more than neighbors. And then he moved away because his family is heavily invested in following his sister Calliope's dream of being an Olympic figure skater. But before that happened, he hurt Lola; so much so that she's spent the last two years trying to forget that Cricket ever existed. Her plan has worked reasonably well, if a bit misguided (according to her dads): she's happily in "love" with Max, a punk rocker five years older than Lola (she's barely 17). Then, one day, Cricket (and his family) move back in next door. Lola figured she was over him, but she didn't count on him not being over her.  All the emotions come to the surface again, the heartbreak, the betrayal...and the lingering feeling of being in love, yet Lola knows he is off limits. He broke her heart and besides, she has Max and her heart is torn, Lola can't help but fall in love with the boy next door all over again!

Book Review.
Stephanie Perkins did it again, excellent read! Lola and the Boy Next Door made me feels such an abundance of emotions. Heartbreak, hope, joy, anger, resentment, was a novel that made me laugh in all the right places and wiping away tears at other times, too. I love the way Stephanie Perkins writes. Her books are outrageously entertaining, her words are magical and her characters feel like your best friend. Lola and the Boy Next Door was a charming read that held depth to it.

Reappearances from Anna and St Clair from the first book also give the book a good base, reminding the reader that the books are linked while the ending of the book sets up a possible link between 'Lola' and the last book in the series, Isla and the Happily Ever After­, with an opportunity to see characters old and new interact once more.

Aside from the obvious (cute) romance, Lola and the Boy Next Door addresses issues surrounding families and friendship and handles it in such a way that makes the story incredibly human and relatable.Showing us the sheer bliss of falling in love and the sadness and heartache of having your heart broken. The friendship and relationship between Lola and Cricket, was sensitive, gentle and sweet and I adored reading about them! I couldn't put this book down, it was an emotional, humorous, magical read that will stay with you long after the story has ended. Stay tuned for my book review on Isla and the Happily Ever After!

Anna and the French Kiss

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-WanderlustBeautyDreams ♡ 

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