Book Review: Lola and the Boy next door

Book Review: Lola and the Boy next doorLola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2) by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Dutton Books on September 29, 2014
Pages: 338

An Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here.
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 am super excited to be bringing you this book review today! I glad to be done with my scary movie series at least for a while. I still will probably throw in a couple of more movie reviews before the end of the year. I’ll talk about all this some other time if I haven’t already. I’m glad that I’m semi back on track with my reading goals for this year, but depressed that I have fallen super behind on the Paper & Glam book club books. Well, I guess there is always next year 🙂

I picked up this book because the cover looked pretty. I am secretly in love with San Francisco and my last trip there earlier this year made me love it even more. It’s one of those cities I could wander around for hours and never get bored, getting lost well that’s an entirely different story. I also needed a fun read because I had been reading the Paper & Glam October read which was a bit to heavy for me and The Lying Game series, which I’m still in the midst of reading. There will be a new book review or 2 on that coming in a couple of weeks.

I loved getting to know Lola Nolan through wandering the streets of San Francisco in her crazy outfits and going to her high school. I even loved meeting her family which was a breath of fresh air to read about since we live in a society where there are so many mixed crazy family combinations. The family was written about in an honest open way, the way most teenagers and family would talk about their family. I loved falling in love with Lola Nolan as she got reacquainted with Calliope and Cricket Bell and how they are able to move back in next door. I love how Cricket and Lola slowly re-fall in love with each other and how they show their love to each in little gestures.

Sorry that I totally gushed about this book, but I seriously think that you will find this young adult fiction a fast fluffy beach read. You will fall in love with Lola Nolan and the crazy way she expresses herself through clothes. You will enjoy wandering through the San Francisco/ Berkeley area where the entire book takes place. I definitely plan on picking up the rest of the Stephanie Perkins books just to see how the other characters fit into the story. Let me know what you have been reading lately.


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