Lola & The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

I absolutely loved this book. Much like Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins' writing just does something to me. It makes me feel comforted and calm - which sounds weird, I know. 

Lola and the Boy Next Door is the second in a three-book companion novel series which starts with Anna and the French Kiss. You don't have to read them in order, but each book references the last, so you'll feel more involved if you read them in order. Lola is a young girl living with her two dads in San Francisco, wearing lavish costumes and spending time her best friend Lindsay and her boyfriend Max. Right from the very start of the book, we find out that Lola has some new neighbors, but she prays it's not the same ones from her past moving back to the neighborhood. 

I connected with this book a lot, Lola's situation in particular, which would be a spoiler to discuss. Lola was a lovely character, who developed throughout. The book is mostly about the plot and the relationship between several characters, but it's also about Lola finding herself and discovering that her lavish outfits she likes to wear isn't something to hide herself behind, it is herself. Two characters - Anna and St. Clair - from the first book appear regularly within this book but as I said earlier, you don't need to have read the first one to understand what's going on, it's just an added bonus. 

The book was so enjoyable to read and the characters were loveable. I think I prefer Anna slightly more, as it contains more of the things I love (such as film, Paris, etc), but it's still a very good book and I recommend you read the series.

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