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.
1. It was all too cliched
Lola and the Boy Next Door was a nice and fluffy read that I enjoyed immensely, but that's the point. There are a lot of cute, fluffy romance books out there that are as fluffy as Anna/Lola, and I probably would've relished in them too. You'll find a ton just by going to the library and browsing its shelves.
2. I had a problem with Max
I just wanted Max to be a good person, really. In the very first chapters of Lola, Max seemed to treat Lola really well and I didn't get a hint at all that he was such a stupid asshole. It was only when Lola seemed kind of distant towards Max and later, when she dumped him, that he showed his true colours; and I couldn't get my head around that. You can't just tell me that Max was so good to Lola just because Lola was all over him before. Hint at his bad side before Lola started getting uninterested. Give us some indication that really, Max is just an a-hole and obviously not meant for Lola. Don't give us all the good stuff, only to dump all his bad traits on us like cold water.
Also, please stop making the ex the bad guy. Oh, c'mon, Stephanie! You can do better than that!
But wait. Let me tell you what I loved about Lola and the Boy Next Door.
Stephanie Perkins also writes about the kind of true love that all of us want to have. She promises us a cute romance and delivers it nicely while adding a little magic into her stories. Her characters are typical, but you can tell that she has her own personal mark branded on them.
(Oh, who am I kidding. I love him.)
- Contemporary YA lovers!
- Readers who are looking for cute, fluffy, and a really easy read!