Lola & The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Book 2 in the Anna & The French Kiss series
Genre: YA contemporary romance
I liked this book significantly less than I liked Anna. Where Anna’s story was cute and quirky, Lola’s was dragging and awkward with a cute ending. 😁
Lola was an interesting character. She had a very bold sense of style, but I think it was a bit over-the-top. Who willingly wears wigs every day? I wouldn’t. I liked that she was raised by two gay men; I can’t recall any book that also had something like that. But I have to admit- I thought Nathan and Andy were a bit too strict. They seemed kind of obsessive over Lola’s boyfriend Max, and then Cricket. I understand being protective and cautious, but they overdid it.
I also thought that Lola inflicted a lot of her own problems. She lied to Max and her parents, she overreacted when the Bells moved back, and she couldn’t make up her mind about Cricket. I think she should’ve broken up with Max way sooner, she should’ve been honest in general, and breaking plates because you see a boy one house over is ridiculous. Not to mention, she was really emotional. Anna was too, in a sense, but when she was there was some sort of reason. With Lola, not so much. 😕
Another thing that bothered me was Cricket. Not his personality, just his name. What sort of name is that? I’m all for unique names, but that was just weird, in my opinion. Why would a mom name her son after a bug? I can’t make any connections other than that, and it just isn’t a flattering name.
But the ending majorly redeemed the book for me. After Lola is finally over Max and starts dating Cricket (which, I have to say, was obvious because of the title), they were cute. I really liked when they were prepping for the dance, and when they were on their way to the school for said dance. My only wish for the ending was a description of how the dance went, or maybe an epilogue a few months later when their relationship had developed some. Even without that, though, I still thought it was cute. Not as much as Anna was, but still cute. 🙂 [Also, I loved that Anna and Étienne played a part in this book! They were so cute and I was really happy to know my wish for a cameo from them was granted and exceeded. ❤️]
Overall, Lola & The Boy Next Door was a decent read, but not as enjoyable as Anna was. Nonetheless, I will read Isla & The Happily Ever After soon, and hopefully that will be better for me. 🙂