How did I get it?:
It was a gift from my ex-colleagues!
Previously reviewed by the same author:
Anna and The French Kiss
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’ve been taking my time getting to this book. I have no idea why. I enjoyed Anna and The French Kiss, but not as much as everyone else seemed to. I had read that a lot of bloggers preferred Lola And The Boy Next Door, so I was happy to receive a copy when I left my job in July. I’ve pushed this book to the front of my TBR because everyone is now raving about Isla and The Happily Ever After. I have this thing where I don’t want to feel like I’m missing out on a read…so I decided to read Lola so I can read Isla soon!
As soon as I started reading Lola and The Boy Next Door I was utterly gripped. I loved Lola immediately and thought she was a great, vibrant character. She was immediately likeable for me. I loved the way she experimented with clothes and costumes. I also loved seeing Anna and Etienne St.Clair make an appearance. I love companion novels like this where you feel like you really know the characters. It gives you such a feeling of familiarity which is lovely!
We all love to know about the romance… and in Lola in comes in the shape of Cricket. Bad names aside, Cricket isn’t a bad boy. He’s absolutely lovely. I found him incredibly endearing. He was an intelligent character who was quiet, shy and incredibly respectful towards Lola. Where can I find me a Cricket? I don’t think we learned a lot about Cricket. I’m kind of hoping for a reappearance in Isla. A girl can hope, hey? Cricket and Lola’s relationship is predictable from the start, but it really didn’t matter to me. I was eagerly anticipating them getting together!
Another aspect of Lola that I adored was how protective Lola’s Dads were. Yes, you’ve read that right. Lola has two dads. It wasn’t even an issue. It was just in the story with little explanation and I loved that. I just accepted it right from the beginning that Lola had two male parents. It’s so nice to have present parents in Young Adult literature and the fact that they were gay just impressed me even more. I’m all for every type of family being represented. We need diversity!
I can’t wait to read Isla now, Stephanie Perkins is a brilliant writer for this genre and now I finally get all of the fuss.
Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars
I absolutely adored this Young Adult read. It’s easy to read, adorable and endearing.