Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Year published: 2011
Why I read it: I had read the first book in the series and hoped that this book would be better.
Blurb: 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 neighbourhood. 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.
Rating: Would not re-read.
– While a quick and easy boy/girl next door story can be fun to read, this one felt really formulaic. I thought the characters, while interesting to begin with, lacked any depth and had only a limited amount of interesting backstory.
– I liked elements of the love story, but there was too much of it, strung along with little to no real conflict. I would rather have read about Lola reconnecting with Calliope, seeing as her betrayal of their friendship was particularly highlighted at the start of the novel.
– I did like the setting of San Francisco, and I liked seeing queer representation done in a really matter-of-fact way.
After Lola and Anna, and reading the blurb for Isla, I’m not really interested in reading the last book.