Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Purchased from Audible)
Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Full book details here.
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.
Much like this entire series, Lola and the Boy Next Door is an easy, cute read with likable characters and a sweet storyline without any real lulls. It’s the kind of book you can accidentally read in a day and wonder where the heck the time went.
Lola’s pants are on fire for 90% of this book and at first I didn’t know what to think about it. While I found myself asking, “WHY ARE YOU LYING???” constantly, it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. I think it is because I have a soft spot for quirky characters and Lola’s unique style was endearing.
Just like Anna and the French Kiss, I really enjoyed all of the main characters in this novel. I think, if I had to choose favorite characters (aside from Lola, of course) it would be Andy and Nathan, her dads. PS – I love that she has two fathers. They are beautifully flawed, but still manage to be great parents.
Though the love story is a little stereotypical (the ‘boy next door’ part of the title is accurate in many ways), it was still very sweet.
Initially, I was torn about Cricket’s character. It was obvious that he was in love with Lola from the beginning and I kind of was hoping she’d have to work for him a bit more, but it all ended up making sense in the end. Because, though she had his affection from the beginning, she still had to work to deserve it.
The appearance of Etienne and Anna was an extra little nugget of greatness. I’d almost forgotten how much I love Etienne! It almost makes me want to reread Anna and the French Kiss!
I’m excited about next book, Isla and the Happily Ever After. I’ve loved Isla since Anna and the French Kiss!
Audiobook Performance: 4 Stars
Each of these books in the series has a different audiobook reader, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I enjoyed this audiobook reader. She wasn’t my favorite, but she wasn’t distracting in any way. She did a great job with Etienne’s accent in the brief moments he was in the book. Accents can usually make or break an audiobook reader (as can doing opposite sex voices).
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
I can’t say that I had steady-state butterflies throughout this book, but there were several parts that definitely hand me grinning, especially toward the end.
Re-read Worthiness: 3 Stars
The chances that I will reread this book are slim, but that is only because I didn’t love it enough or have certain parts that I loved enough to hear again as opposed to reading something new.
Bookshelf placement: I gotta!
Anna and the French Kiss has earned a spot in my shelf and since I really did enjoy this book, it’ll have to earn a spot as well!
New Top Book Boyfriend: Nope
While I thought Cricket was adorkable, he didn’t pull at my heartstrings like my top book boyfriends do.