author: Stephanie Perkins
publisher: Usborne Publishing (June 1st 2014)
series: Anna and The French Kiss #2
rating: 4.75 /5 stars
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.
That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?
spoiler free review
this book was cute in many ways.
it was just the perfect book for me. i wanted to read a fluffy contemporary with cuteness, and that’s just what i’ve got with Lola and The Boy Next Door.
the plot was simple and yet i loved it (because usually i’d rather read about complicated than simple things). it’s true that the beginning was a bit slow for me (that’s why i gave it 4.75 stars instead of 5), but it quickly picks up as soon as you read around 50 pages. and i felt that it really developed well. i liked how the story went.
i liked most of the characters, and how their relationships developed. i admit i didn’t love lola at the beginning, but i ended up liking her. but how could i not love cricket bell? he was my favorite character out of all of them! i loved the fact that he wasn’t perfect, that he does some mistakes, like every single human on earth (because sometimes some characters in books are too perfect).
i can’t say much more without spoiling the book, but overall, i really loved Lola and The Boy Next Door. it had the elements i needed, and i’m happy i picked it up at the right time.
we’re moving to a spoiler-filled discussion. if you haven’t read the book, do not read this part. i have warned you.
cricket bell is so cute. don’t get me wrong, everyone in this book is cute, but cricket bell is CUTENESS. especially at the end when he tells lola the story with the stars:
“Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to the moon. And she was mysterious and she was perfect, in a way that girls who talk to the moon are. In the house next door, there lived a boy. and the boy watched the girl grow more and more perfect, more and more beautiful with each passing year. He watched her watch the moon. And he began to wonder if the moon would help him unravel the mystery of the beautiful girl. So the boy looked into the sky.
But he couldn’t concentrate on the moon. He was too distracted by the stars.
[…] And it didn’t matter how many songs or poems has been written about them, because whenever he thought about the girl, the stars shone brighter. As if she were the one keeping them illuminated.”
THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL.
to be honest, i wanted lola to be with cricket from the first page. and i’m so grateful they ended up together, because i literally hated max. he was egocentric and there was something wrong about him. i may sound like an evil person, but i was happy when lola and him broke up.
talking of lola, i kind of respect her for her clothing style – even though i did find it strange at the beginning. i can’t go out with the same clothes (or costumes) she wears in the book, and wouldn’t bear everyone looking at me with a strange face. she really is strong. and i wanted her to go back to the strange clothing style when she started wearing everything black. but thankfully, she did.
i also liked to find anna and étienne from Anna and The French Kiss. even though i liked but not loved the book, they were so cute together.