Stephanie Perkins – Lola and the Boy Next Door (#2)

Lola and the Boy Next Door“Just because something isn’t practical doesn’t mean it’s not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.”

Synopsis: Stephanie Perkins is an American author known for her Anna and the French Kiss series. Lola and the Boy Next Door is #2 in the trilogy, between Anna and the French Kiss & Isla and the Happily Ever After. Lola and the Boy Next Door is the story of Lola Nolan, a budding costume designer. For her, the more outrageous, sparkling & fun the outfit, the better. Everything is going perfect in her life especially with her Rock-star boyfriend, Max, until the Bell twins, Cricket & Calliope move back to their neighbourhood. When Cricket decides it’s time to step out from his sister’s shadows & back into Lola’s life, she must decide whether to finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Review: I liked the story-line, always was a sucker for love stories that began right under everyone’s noses without the characters knowing how they were meant to be. But, Lola was so indecisive about whether she wanted to be with Max or Cricket , it was basically constant whining. Max was described as a close to perfect boyfriend but obviously, for Cricket & Lola to end up together Max had to become the douche-bag. I liked that Lola’s character was unique in terms of the whole creating costumes but it got annoying when she was in a costume…it was a bit much. Also, Cricket’s name 😂, I was imagining an actual Cricket half the time 😂

Rating: 💎💎💎

Stephanie Perkins – Anna and the French Kiss (#1)

Anna and the French Kiss“I bought you love poetry! ‘I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.’”

Stephanie Perkins is an American author known for her Anna and the French Kiss series. Anna and the French Kiss is #1 in the trilogy, followed by Lola and the Boy Next Door & Isla and the Happily Ever After.

Synopsis: Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl named Anna living her life in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend & a crush on her movie theatre co-worker, who is just beginning to return her feelings. So, she’s less than thrilled when her father, a bestselling author, decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. Despite not knowing French, Anna becomes friends with some cool people, including the handsome Etienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her new best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken & she might be too.

Review: I liked the book but there were aspects that I believe could be better or changed. Firstly, Anna’s assumptions of French people hating Americans, maybe it’s just stereotyping. Secondly, considering that Anna was doing her senior year at a school for Americans, shouldn’t the staff & majority (if not all) of the students speak English? Thirdly, I really wanted Etienne to end things with his girlfriend but I also understand the feeling of not wanting to be lonely especially when his mother & him were going through such a tough time. Anna & Etienne are cute together, BUT he cheated on Ellie, which is never okay, even if she was a horrible person. It wasn’t just him that was in the wrong, it takes two to tango; Anna had an “almost boyfriend” & she did the same even though she wasn’t sure about her relationship status.

Rating: 💎💎💎