October 26, 2011

Book review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

With Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins has further solidified her standing as a YA author to watch...and one whose books readers will eagerly anticipate. In this companion story to Anna and the French Kiss, readers get to know Lola Nolan, her two dads, her rocker boyfriend Max, and the boy next door whom she can't seem to get out of her head.

Lola is creative and quirky, flawed and unsure. Her interior monologue, relationship with her parents and conflicting emotions about the two boys in her life convey solid realism while her clothing aspirations and sense of flair add a fantastic touch of whimsy.

Perkins has a true knack for capturing what it feels like to fall in love with "the one," the boy (or girl) with whom you're meant to be. Pairing this with snappy dialogue and heart-fluttering moments, her stories are sweet confections for romantic souls. Anna and St. Clair, the pair that started it all, serve as substantial secondary characters in Lola. It's nice to see the two of them are so comfortably situated with one another and in it for the long haul.

The third book in this series Isla and the Happily Ever After, is due out in 2012, and readers who tore their way through the first two books will impatiently await its arrival. Until then, they can satisfy their hearts with repeated visits with Anna and Lola and the boys who love them.

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