This is my favorite YA Contemporary read this year! If you enjoyed Stephanie Perkins’ first novel, you’ll definitely fall in love with Lola and The Boy Next Door. Reading this novel made me have the urge to reread Anna and The French Kiss. I suddenly missed Anna and Etienne. 🙂
When I saw the book’s cover in Goodreads, I got curious why the girl is wearing a purple wig. (Is she nuts or something? Ha-ha.) After reading the teaser, I was intrigued and I want to see if there’s anything new Stephanie can offer in this second book. Since this is a companion with Anna and The French Kiss, it automatically made its way on my To Read List.
To be utterly honest, I don’t know where to start this review. I’m not good at this. (Where are the movies/series when I needed them?!) Okay, here goes nothing.
There are three things I initially like with the book. First, the setting is not overseas (it’s within continental US). Second, the characters don’t have uberly rich parents. And third, they have the crazy streak normal among teenagers.
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss, #2
Kindle Edition, Dutton Books, 338 pages
Read from September 29 to 30, 2011
Lola isn’t your stereotype-formulated-protagonist. She’s not perfect, she makes mistakes and she’s no Bella. The damsel-in-distress-stupid-me-save-me-my-prince-female-protagonist is exasperating.
I admire Lola’s guts in expressing herself through her daily outfit. You’ll have fun imagining her in those crazy, unique, and bold outfits including the colorful wigs that changes everyday matching whatever theme she has for the day. She’s probably the only character I know that wears green, pink and purple wigs on a regular basis. Imagine a subdued version of Lady Gaga. Lola is like that. (I think.)
I find it easier to relate with Lola than Anna. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the characters from the first book. I just find the characters in here realistic than Anna and The French Kiss. Since Stephanie didn’t suppress herself from showing Lola’s not so adorable traits, you’d have times when you would love to hate her.
Cricket is an ideal boyfriend. A geek who has good taste in clothes? My kind of guy! Who wouldn’t want to have a guy who isn’t just good-looking but with sense as well? Surely you won’t spend your time talking about testosterone-filled-topics with guys like Cricket.
As much as I love Cricket, I would have to say that I adore Etienne more than him. His side of the story wasn’t detailed just like Etienne in Anna and The French Kiss. Yes, he has his own issues but I didn’t feel him that much. You would even think that he is just one of the secondary characters in the book because his presence didn’t leave a lasting mark.
But in fairness to Cricket, my heart went out to him since he is madly in love with Lola while the girl is in another relationship. I love the way he loves Lola—a proof why he is an ideal boyfriend.
The only problem with having a popular, well-loved first book is that it gets compared with the second book. I honestly can’t refrain myself from comparing the two—it’s very evident in this review.
I find the plot of the two books the same. The situation was just reversed. It’s a good thing that Anna and Etienne are in the story and there was a scene that Etienne talked to Lola about being on the same situation before. At least, Stephanie is aware that the plot was just reversed.
All the same, I had fun reading this book. And I still love it.