Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Life is pretty close to perfect for budding designer Lola Nolan, 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?

My thoughts
Another lovely book from Stephanie Perkins. Lola and the Boy Next Door picks up after Anna and the French Kiss (read my review here). We have another set of characters, Lola and Cricket who are once again super cute and well-written. I didn't love this as much as Anna's story, but it does have its own 'that-is-so-cute' moments. Cricket is the shy, sweet boy next door (with awesome trousers) and although I want to shake some sense into her at points, I love Lola's brightly coloured and madly dressed journey, even if it takes her a while to realise where she should be heading. Added bonus: we get to see a little of Anna and Etienne, yay!

The second of Stephanie's books to make my heart happy, that steers clear of the predictable teen romance that I see cropping up in lots of books these days.

I'm seriously looking forward to the final book in the series, Isla and the Happily Ever After which after some delay, is hopefully being released in August 2014.
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