My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Dutton Books
Date of Publication: 29th September 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis (Adapted from Goodreads)
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.
Lola and the Boy Next Door is the second novel in the Anna and the French Kiss series and is about seventeen-year-old, aspiring costume designer Lola Nolan. Lola lives with her two dads and their dog Heavens to Betsy in San Francisco. Yes! Their dog’s name really is Heavens to Betsy! Lola has a sexy boyfriend and a kickass best friend. Everything seems to be perfect for Lola until the Bell family move back into town, and she must deal with her feelings over a lost friendship and her broken heart.
I really am a sucker for Young Adult Romances. It’s so much sweeter and more innocent than New Adult Romances and just full-blown Romance novels. I completely fell head over heels in love with Anna and St. Clair in the first novel. And I now I have completely fallen head over heels in love with Lola and Cricket Bell. Lola and Cricket’s attraction to each other was a bit steamier and sexier than I thought it was going to be. But nevertheless, I loved it so much.
Lola and Cricket’s relationship was so sweet right from the very start. They knew each other since they were little kids, and even shared their first kiss at the age of six (I stand to be corrected) Some years later Lola and Cricket’s relationship takes a sharp turn for friendship to an almost-relationship. Before love can fully bloom, Cricket and his family move away and it leaves Lola heartbroken. When Cricket comes back into Lola’s life years later, it is obvious that neither of them has forgotten the feelings they once shared.
Cricket is such a sweet guy! Probably one of the sweetest fictional guys ever! He’s so sweet I think I might have a couple of extra cavities because of him now. (Ha-Ha) He is absolutely crazy about Lola and doesn’t waste any time showing her how he feels. That said, he also respects Lola completely. Cricket knows that Lola has a boyfriend and never crosses any lines that would cause Lola any trouble in her relationship.
Lola, on the other hand, is stuck between a rock and a hard place. She has a boyfriend who she loves, even though things aren’t always easy between them. And she also has these intense feeling for Cricket Bell, her first love. With the help from her friends Anna, St. Clair and Lindsey, Lola realizes that if it’s true love it should be easy. Stories about first love are dear to my heart because I know the power that first love has.
I had so much fun reading Lola and the Boy Next Door. Lola and Cricket are so quirky and unique. I read and re-read their encounters and conversations because it was so cute, and had me feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside. There are so many things I could say about this novel and these characters and all of them would be good. But instead let me just say this:
Lola and the Boy Next Door was the perfect sequel to Anna and the French Kiss and I think everyone should read the series. At least once!
Also, if you read my review for Anna and the French Kiss, you’ll know that I was hoping to see Anna and St. Clair in the next novels of the series. I’m glad to report that Anna and St. Clair do make an appearance and they are still perfection!
What did you think about Lola and the Boy Next Door? Did you enjoy it or did the story pale in comparison to Anna and the French Kiss?
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