Lola And The Boy Next Door is one of the two Anna And The French Kiss’ companion novels.
Goodreads’ synopsis : Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the 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.
Lola is this sparkling and unique teenager dating Max, a rock, the sort of bad boy every girl can dream of.
She lives with her 2 dads and have to deal with her wrecked birth mother.
She’s got this unique look, full of colors, glitters and wigs. So far, she seems to have the perfect life.
Until her neighbors come back.
Her previous crush Cricket Bell and his twin sister Calliope, more specifically.
We learn that Lola got this huge crush on him, and it seemed that he was feeling the same toward her. But his family left town and right before they moved he kind of broke her heart.
I forgot how cute this story is ! Lola is lost between Max and Cricket. Where Max is all black and darkness and angst, Cricket is full of light and his good mood shines so bright.
Lola is kind of selfish because she can’t keep a proper distance between her and Cricket, and that’s unfair for both boys. In a certain way, she isn’t honest with her boyfriend. True, she isn’t honest with herself too.
These characters have flaws. As with Anna, you can totally relate to them. You can connect, because they seem so real. They’ve got issues, they struggle with their feelings, and their relationships.
Cricket is such a polite, kind and good hearted man.He is waiting for her. That’s so freaking cute because he is not pushing her at all. Their lovestory is unique, so different from Anna & Etienne’s.
Lola is less whiny and way more stubborn than Anna. A little more selfish, too.
This book is about so much more than a random romance. Of course it’s about love, but it’s also about friendship, honesty, trust and most of all, redemption.
I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.
Stephanie Perkins’ writing is utterly brilliant. Yes it’s a YA contemporary novel, but yet it’s so different !