Lola and the Boy Next Door is the second book review so go and read Anna and the French Kiss book review first!!
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.
That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?
Lola and the Boy Next Door is the second in a sort of series with the first being Anna and the French Kiss, unfortunately it wasn’t quite on the same level. I think this books redeeming feature would have to be the cameos and the boy character. I couldn’t get a handle on the main character Lola at all, it was all a little bizarre especially the relationships she partook in. It was all a bit too weird for my taste.
Saying that I did enjoy the dilemma that she found herself in, I think the question of who are we is something that many teenagers finding themselves asking themselves and it was refreshing to see a girl who struggled with her identity for no other reason than she is a confused teenage girl. I enjoyed the confusion, it was something that I could relate to.
The relationships in this book were well formed and well written. I really loved the way everything ended up slotting together, everything was realistically done and I thought the representation of mental illness in Lola and the Boy Next Door was one of the better I had seen. Plus a character actually took time out to make sure that she was okay – it was the best thing ever. She made sure she was okay by herself rather than relying on those around her to change her.
Favourite character in Lola and the Boy Next Door would have to be Cricket, I adored his back story and the fact that his sister was a figure skater! I just loved the way he interacted with people, he was a genuine person who had his wires crossed and he’s just adorable.
Least favourite character in Lola and the Boy Next Door would have to be Norah – I didn’t see the point in her character and I struggled with her constant musings of life. I understand that she is inherently selfish but I couldn’t see a reason why she would have inflicted her behaviour onto her child in such a manner. She definitely ruined parts of the book for me and I wish she hadn’t had a part to be honest.
I would recommend this book but with the caution that it might not be as mind blowing as Anna and the French Kiss and to steel yourself against some of the disappointment. Think of this book as a sad middle child who has a complete over achiever as an older sister.
Have you read this series? What did you think of the second book? Did it pique your interest as much as the first? Let me know in the comments!