Today, I’m reviewing Lola and the Boy Next Door, which is the second book in the Anna and the French Kiss series. This series is three books long, but they’re not sequential. You can read one without reading the other two, but Anna and the French Kiss is the first on the larger story’s timeline.
Lola and the Boy Next Door centers on Lola and her relationship with .. you guessed it, the boy next door. She’s lived next door to Calliope and Cricket Bell. Calliope is a competitive ice skater, and their family travels around a lot for her training and competitions. Cricket is her twin brother. Lola and Cricket were close up until Calliope got jealous of the time Cricket spent with Lola. Calliope got between them, and then the Bell family moved away.
Flash forward a couple years, and Lola is dating guy named Max, of whom Lola’s parents are not entirely fond. He is tattooed, in a band, and a few years older than Lola. On the outside, he seems like the completely wrong guy for her, but Lola can’t see it. A surprise shows up next door, the Bells have moved back in town! Lola is excited and nervous to see Cricket. They have both matured over the past two years. Cricket has step out of his sister’s shadow and Lola still has feelings for him. Now she has to decide if the guy she’s in love with is the one for her … but, which guy is she in love with??
Overall, this is a great story. I like all the characters, and you even get to see Anna and St. Clair from the first book! It’s a cute, girly story. I think Lola is sweet. If I were to compare it to Anna and the French Kiss, I like the Anna book more. The story line was better developed. Lola felt a little all over the place. But, I suppose that’s the way things are in high school. It was okay, and I’m glad I read it. But, it just wasn’t a 5-star book for me.
Have you read this book or any others in the series?