Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
Not as good as Anna, but still very cute...
Characters: Lola was out there! She was very hard to relate too because I'm the complete opposite of her. She's eccentric. I'm not. Nonetheless, I found myself feeling bad for her when things weren't working out for her. Moreover, I did not like Cricket as much as Etienne. How could I possibly? Etienne was perfect! Cricket, ok I absolutely hate his name, was a lot shyer and didn't tell as many witty jokes. I think if Etienne hadn't existed yet, I would have been in love with Cricket because he was super sweet, funny, and very talented. Speaking of Etienne, he and Anna have large roles as characters in this book too. They do not just say hi and leave, which is good for everybody:)
Plot: Another cute, easy, and fun rom com from the brillant Mrs. Perkins! Predictable, but you know you love it.
Writing: I'd love to personally know Mrs. Perkins. She must be hysterical because she crafts very funny characters that use sarcasm and wit, revealing their intellect.
Cover: The dress of these models is accurate all the way down to Cricket's pinstripe pants. This makes me happy.
Would I recommend it to a friend? Of course! I recommend this author to everybody, but if you haven't read Anna and the French Kiss or this one, I'm thinking you should read this one first so Cricket doen't get spoiled for you (I realize this storyline takes place after Anna, so the spoiler of knowing Anna and Etienne kinda ruins it for you, but I'm thinking you could guess that anyways.).
Here's a pretty cool fanmade trailer readers can appreciate. I realize that if you haven't read it, it might seems pretty dumb but why not post it for you guys?
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