Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins is a companion book to Anna and the French Kiss. Anna and St. Clair are coworkers of Lola, so they are mentioned, but if you haven’t read Anna’s story it would be fine to start with Lola’s.
Lola is a junior in high school and she is dating a 22-year-old guy who is in a rock band. So of course, her two dads do NOT approve. To complicate matters, the neighbor boy who Lola had a crush on before he moved away is back. (And her dads like him!)
Lola is a quirky, fun character with a love of costumes, which is a great contrast to the boy next door, Cricket, who is a snappy dresser but more science/inventor minded. Perkins does a great job drawing the reader into the characters’ lives and unfolding the plot of the book.
If you like these books, check out books by Sarah Dessen.
Posted by: Beth