Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
On the library stacks: YA Fiction
AR Reading Level: 3.7
Companion to: Anna and the French Kiss
Recommended for: Grades 9+
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It's the summer before her Junior year in high school. Lola lives with her two dads in a cool Victorian house in San Francisco. She likes to dress in costume and she's incredibly creative. She's already getting her Winter Formal outfit ready--a Marie Antoinette number with combat boots. Lola thinks she's in love with her rocker boyfriend, Max. He's 22 and her parents are none too pleased about her seeing him.
But then Cricket Bell moves back next door. Cricket had broken her heart a few years before and now Lola's not sure how Cricket is going to fit back into her life, or if he even should at all. But since their bedroom windows face each other, she doesn't really have a choice.
Lola is delightfully quirky. It was fun seeing characters from Anna and the French Kiss woven into the plot, although they were certainly background to Lola, Max and Cricket. I probably liked Anna a teensy bit more, but this book was just super cute, upbeat and romantic. I would recommend it for older teens because of some mature content.
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Source: Library Audiobook - I thought the reader was good.
26 minutes ago