Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2; Stand-alone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: September 28th, 2011
Rating: ★★★★☆ +0.5
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the 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.
"I know you aren't perfect. But it's a person's imperfections that make them perfect for someone else."
As in the previous book her characters are again all realistic, likeable and unique. Especially Lola. She wears wigs, amazing - but also kind of crazy - dresses and costumes and is in general just different. I liked her right from the beginning and even though I couldn't understand some of her decisions she never really bothered me. She made mistakes but always tried to right them afterwards - and that's actually pretty mature for her age. She realized when she had to apologize and when she did something wrong and I admired that about her. I doubt every 17 year old teen would act like that.
Now let me talk about the boy next door, Cricket FREAKING Bell. First of all ... why are no cute boys living in my neighbourhood? Why don't I have a cute neighbour? Ugh! I wouldn't mind having someone like Cricket living next door ... wouldn't even mind falling in love with him because he's amazing. At first I wasn't sure about him, I mean, he did hurt Lola and she never really got over it but he definitely made up for it! He's honest, always there for Lola and generally just a good guy. Not to mention that he's also good-looking, tall and OH GOD, whenever he blushed or nervously played with his bracelets and rubber bands I couldn't stop smiling at how CUTE he is! I mean, seriously?! It just made him so much more adorable and lovable!
"And if I'm the stars, Cricket Bell is entire galaxies."
To me, side characters are also a very important part of a book! And I can say that I fell in love with Lola's dads (yes, you heard right: plural!) as well. They were supportive and always there when she needed someone to talk to. I also loved how funny and hilarious they were at times but then again you could see what great parents they actually are! And then there were also Anna and St. Clair. HELL YES! I actually missed these two so, so much and I was really glad that they made a few appearances in the book. Just to see that they're okay and still happily together made me smile so much - I had no doubt about that but still.
I just have to say that this was gorgeous! A quick, easy and super sweet book about the first love with brilliant and unique characters that'll make you smile and squeak with pleasure and excitement. It's totally worth a read, so let me get this straight ... if you haven't read Stephanie Perkins books yet, you definitely need to! Very, very soon! You'll love them! :)