23. Stephanie Perkins – Lola and the Boy Next Door

Happy Monday! I don’t know about where you guys are, but it’s super rainy here in Connecticut. ūüė¶

Anyway, back to another school week after a very fun weekend for me – I went to visit my sister in Manhattan for the weekend! I turned 21 at the beginning of this month so she wanted me to go visit her to celebrate with her and one of her friends.IMG_2044

I got there on Friday night and we went to Bar Nine where they have dueling pianos, these two guys play requested songs on piano and everyone sings along. That was really fun. IMG_2052After we left there, we went to another bar and then eventually made our way home to order drunken Thai food. It was a really fun night.

IMG_2059The next day, we didn’t do too much – just wandered around and got some food, then we went to Central Park to relax and read. And then yesterday I took the bus back to school, so even though it was a fun-filled weekend, I had plenty of time to get some reading done.

On Friday, between waiting at the bus station and then reading on the bus, I finished a book before I even go to New York,¬†Lola and the Boy Next Door¬†by Stephanie Perkins. This book is the second in Perkins’ trilogy, following¬†Anna and the French Kiss,¬†which I loved (check out my review of that one here).

It’s a YA book that follows a high schooler named Lola. At the start of the book, Lola is seventeen dating a 22 year old that her dads don’t approve of. She thinks they’re going to be together forever and that they’ll prove everyone wrong – until her old neighbor moves back in next door.

Stephanie Perkins - Lola and the Boy Next Door (photo taken by me)
Stephanie Perkins – Lola and the Boy Next Door (photo taken by me)

Lola and her neighbor, Cricket, have a history, one that she’s reluctant to share with her boyfriend. Over time, she starts hanging out with Cricket, but her boyfriend doesn’t approve, so she doesn’t tell him.

Throughout the story, we follow Lola as she has to make some tough decisions and find her way to happiness. Since it’s a Young Adult book, you can probably guess how it ends, but it’s still a good book.

I really liked¬†Anna and the French Kiss,¬†even though it’s kind of a cheesy YA book, so I had high expectations for this book. I think I liked¬†Anna¬†better, but this was still a good book, and I look forward to reading the third book in the trilogy.

One thing I thought was cool about this book was how¬†Anna and her boyfriend from¬†Anna and the French Kiss¬†were included in this book, but it wasn’t all about them. It tied the two books together but they’re still two completely different stories, and I really liked that.

This book is an easy read, it only took me a few hours to get through, and I’d definitely recommend it to someone who likes YA books.

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