Title: Lola and the Boy Next Dor
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Source: Personal Collection
Lola lives in San Francisco, with her two dads, her crazy sense of style, and her rock star boyfriend who happens to be MUCH older than her 16 years. Then the twin neighbors – Calliope and Cricket – move back and Lola has to deal with the fallout of their friendship from years ago.
Oh readers. Lola and the Boy Next Door was such a disappointment for me. Remember, I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss. So my expectations were high. I know Stephanie Perkins can write a good book. But this one…eh.
Lola is almost TOO quirky. Like unrealistically so. Which made it hard for me to relate to her. Sure, I wanted her to end up with the right guy, but it was mostly in a “I’m curious to see how this book gets there so I guess I will keep reading” kind of way. I wouldn’t have been too disappointed if Perkins threw me a twist ending where Lola doesn’t get what she wants.
I automatically hated her actual boyfriend and couldn’t see why she didn’t leave him for the cute boy next door in the third chapter. Which made all of the obstacles in the book seem rather forced.
I almost put this book down. But I can’t say there weren’t parts that I found entertaining. I especially loved that Anna and Etienne have small roles. But if you were an Anna fan, I’m not sure that makes up for the rest of the book. I loved the San Francisco setting. I loved that Lola had two gay dads. And I actually really loved Cricket. I’m just not sure Lola deserves him.
My hope is that Stephanie Perkins’ next book – which I will definitely still be reading – finds its way into my good reading graces a little better than this one did.