Author: Stephanie Perkins
Summary: 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. -Goodreads
Anna and the French Kiss was incredible and I really, really loved it! I had no idea that it was the first book in a series, and there were two Stephanie Perkins books on the shelf when I got French Kiss. The second one was Lola and the Boy Next Door, and luckily, I’d picked up French Kiss because I would have been VERY mad if I’d read Boy Next Door first and then found out it was book deux.
I’d actually started this book when I was first getting comfy with YA, but for some reason, I never finished it. I don’t think I got very far. I’ve always leaned more toward fantasy fiction and stuff like that, and I don’t think I was into contemporary or romance or anything like that during that time.
Reading Boy Next Door’s synopsis didn’t have me thrilled. I was wondering if this book would be as good as French Kiss, and the cover didn’t impress me at all. But HOLD THE PHONE! When I saw that this was based in San Fransisco, I was thinking, “Oh, no flipping way…” I had high hopes that Anna and St. Clair from French Kiss might stop by to say hello, considering they moved to San Fransisco after leaving France. And they did! Anna worked at the movies and St. Clair always hung out there with her. Aww!
I didn’t like Lola much. I have this weird thing with main characters where I usually don’t like them too much. I don’t know why…
I hated Max. Y’know. The boyfriend that was five years older than Lola: “Max is careful by nature. This is why he never drinks or smokes pot–” When I read this, I was like, “Well, that’s never a bad thing. And then, I finished the sentence: “…never drinks or smokes pot on Saturday nights.” Because on Sundays, Lola’s dads made them have Sunday brunch or something like that. But, seriously, I think I cackled madly for a good two minutes because I really hadn’t expected the sentence to end like that.
Soon after that, we find out that Max’s band is called… Amphetamine. *silence* Like drugs, right? That was my reaction to that.
Anyway, Cricket was adorable. I mean, I liked St. Clair WAY much more than Cricket, but he was pretty cool, too, building and stuff. OOH, OOH, HE’S A CHILD OF HEPHAESTUS!!! Heheh…
Lola’s dads were AWESOME! Andy was the cool, more laid back one, and Nathan was the more stern one. But they were both very protective of her.
Aleck, Cricket’s bro, was hilarious, though he didn’t really play a large part in the book.
I really hated the fight between Lola and Cricket.
I liked the complexity of Lola’s background, and I liked that she built a small relationship with her mom, Nathan’s sister. Nathan and Andy actually adopted Lola from her mother.
Cricket springs backward. “This is my roommate, Dustin. Dustin, this is Lola.”
“Huh,” Dustin says. “I thought you were gay.”
I’m going to rate this a solid 3/5 stars. I’m excited for the next book! I did like Lola and the Boy Next Door, but it wasn’t Anna and the French Kiss. I really, really didn’t like Max. I guess my favorite characters were Cricket, Andy, and Nathan.