"You're going to fall in love with Lola and the Boy Next Door. Madly in love!"
--Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras & Broomsticks and Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)
Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket--a gifted inventor--steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy
next door. (Goodreads)
According to Goodreads stats, over 23,000 people rated this book and currently ending up with the average total of 4 stars (really like it). Looks like I'm in the minority.
I was quickly annoyed by Lola's character. Her reminiscent days with dear handsome Cricket turned into a whining song throughout the book. She was definitely different from others all right. It seemed like she tried so hard to be out of the box that she ended up being a wishy washy and unfaithful person. Bummer!
The love triangle story here just didn't click for me. Also, I'm not sure how accurate of a depiction of a teenage spirit this was. Perhaps, I'm just hoping this isn't what I have to look forward to when my six year old daughter turns 16. She'll be an angel, right? But seriously, the flaw in the book was character quality and not Ms Perkins's writing style. There was fine writing that outfitted each character with adequate depth. That's why I'm able to be critical of Lola.
Overall, this companion book didn't measure up to it's predecessor Anna and the French Kiss in quality story.