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For me, Lola and the Boy Next Door definitely had a more important message to me than Anna and the French Kiss did, however, I still prefer Anna and Etienne, as a couple. Lola and Cricket are important though because their story focuses on finding and believing in yourself regardless of what other people think or believe. I loved how both Lola and Cricket had their quirks that made them different and unique.
My one issue with this book that was also somewhat present in Anna is the borderline cheating that goes on. When Lola and Cricket start to get close, Lola has a boyfriend and I'm still slightly bothered by this because it is not fair to the boyfriend when Lola suddenly falls for someone else. While this may be realistic with regard to what really happens, I do not care for it in the book.
I also definitely picked up on the foreshadowing for everyone being present for Isla and the Happily Ever After. This book was exactly what I needed at the time due to its cute story and ease of reading. There is something about reading a book where you know the characters end up together that really lets me fly through the book.
I remember why Lola isn't my favorite Perkins girl. She just seems really dramatic and young. I don't mind it. It just comes off kind of eh.
Another thing I hate is her unhealthy relationship with Max. I mean seriously. He calls her Lolita only after they have been intimate and it is disgusting. She even acknowledges it. Why does he have to be 22? What does that add to the story besides a creepy vibe. She obviously knows that it's not okay because she tries to lie about her age and always get defensive of their relationship when someone brings up the age difference. There is a big difference in mental maturity between a 17 year old and a 22 year old. Compared to say a 25 year old and a 30 year old. At 17 you are still a minor. Nothing is legal for you yet. You may feel mature but a lot of growing happens between 17 and 22. A lot of new experiences and such.
I am all for dressing how you want and what makes you happy but her costumes are a little over the top. At one point she goes to school in a bed sheet. A literal white bed sheet she made into an Egyptian style dress. She dresses so bizarre that no one even recognizes her when she dresses plain. She gets so upset that people don't know who she is when she is 'normal' Lola but who really knows the real Lola?
I like Cricket. That's why this got the rating it did. I don't hate the book. There are just a few things I don't really like. They happen to be big things to me.
Standalone with characters from previous book
Lola lives with her father's in San Francisco. Her passion is creating outfits/costumes to wear. Her plan is to wear an elaborate costume to her high school dance. She had a crush on the boy next door when she was growing up but he left her heartbroken two years ago. She's moved on and has a punk rock boyfriend that no one approves of. He's too old and living the life of an unknown rockstar. He works for the city by day reading meters and plays in a punk band by night. He doesn't have much planned for the future except to be in a band and hope to become famous. Typical.
Lola dreads the day Cricket and his twin sister return. She cared deeply for him but he left her without an explanation of his actions prior to moving away. Now his return confuses her feelings and changes her relationship dynamics.
Entertaining read. Enough drama to keep me engulfed in the story. 4 stars.
Anna was a good character- she was imperfect, naive, and all too human. At times she did strike me as being a little dumb/blonde, but she has to be admired for the way she hung on to her love for Etienne St. Clair practically all year. The wildly popular St. Clair - with a few personal demons of his own - drove me crazy by the way he spent time with Anna, but had a girlfriend, Ellie, during most of the book.
The moments between Etienne and Anna were adorable, tension high, and memorable. This book took me back to my first half of college, pining after boys, gossiping with friends, and dreaming about marriage, the future, and what life could be.
While it took them long enough for this pair to get together, I love these two and their love story.
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