Contemporary romance has a new queen and her name is Stephanie Perkins. She masterfully concocted swoons in Anna And The French Kiss and manages to kick it up a notch in Lola And The Boy Next Door.
So, Lola wears these outrageous outfits and sees every day as a costume opportunity, which is awesome because many of us know the pleasure of a makeover and Lola gets that all the time. She dates this older guy named Max who wears glasses and is a totally a douche which is totally obvious to everyone except Lola. So, she’s going about her daily life and comes home one day to discover her former neighbors, the Bells, are back in town. Twins Calliope and Cricket played a huge role in Lola’s past and broke her heart, so naturally she isn’t thrilled by them being back.
GUYS there is a magical Easter egg in Lola And The Boy Next Door in which some awesome characters coughAnnacoughEtiennecough show up and we see that they are still in LOVE and together, but in boring old America, and they show up a lot, not just for two pages. It’s so rad.
OH and and and this has one of my favorite tropes. The one where the girl is with the wrong boy and the right boy is standing right in front of her and oh my goodness it is fun to watch this play out. Also, the nice boy, Crickett, is not a douche or mean or rude. He doesn’t treat Lola like garbage which is awesome and we need more of.
“And his laugh. I’d forgotten how easy it is. The four of us are laughing about something dumb in that silly way that happens when you’re exhausted. Cricket tells a joke and turns to see if I’m laughing, if I think he’s funny, and I want him to know that I doÂ think he’s funny, and I want him to know that I’m glad he’s my friend and I want him to know that he has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever known. And I want to press my palm against his chest to feel it beat, to prove he’s really here.” -pg. 136 from the ARC
Can I get a whoop whoop for awkward, scientifically inclined boys. As a person who dates one, I am glad to see them represented in non-pest roles, because science is sexy. Yes, even geology to an extent (hi Tony! ILY <3 <3 ).
I think that Lola And The Boy Next Door is as well written as Anna And the French Kiss. However, it took me longer to connect with Lola. While I liked Anna better, this is a worthy second novel and Stephanie PerkinsÂ is definitely on my list of awesome authors to watch out for.
Disclosure: Received for review via Library Thing Early Reviewers.