Anna and the French Kiss #2: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Book Information
Rating: Significant Shortcomings
Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton Books
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9780525423287
Pages: 338

When Lola's neighbor, Cricket, comes back after he broke her heart, she is determined to ignore him. She has a boyfriend, her daily costumes, and parents who love her. Cricket, however, isn't over her after the time that they have spent apart. In spite of her best efforts and determination to distance herself, Lola keeps feeling drawn to the boy who is devoted to her. She can't resist for long, however, before realizing that the boy next door might be what she's wanted all along.

Fans of the first book are either going to like this or be disappointed by it, although readers don't need to read the first one to read this. The relationship is the same as the first book except reversed: the main character already has a love interest. Very little in the book happens other than building to the point where Lola can get rid of her current boyfriend to get together with Cricket. Lola isn't the most intelligent character and comes across as more whiny and unkind than unlikable for much of the book. In the first book, the friendship between the character's is charming. In this book, most of the characters don't like each other. While Perkins fans are still likely to enjoy the sequel, it doesn't live up to the first book in the series and isn't strong on its own either.

*Contains severe language and moderate sexual content.