Audiobook Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins


13252518“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.


My Review:

When I first started to listen to the audiobook of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, I hated it. The narrator, Shannon McManus, kept speaking in really choppy sentences. It seemed. More like. She was. Talking like this. It drove me bonkers. I actually thought that I was just going to have to return the tape without finishing it because it was that bad. Thankfully, the narrator quits speaking like that fairly soon and starts speaking like normal. After that, the book became awesome.

I loved Lola as a main character. She was spunky and had an unique and individual personality that I related to very well. She did whine a lot, which was pretty annoying, but other than that I was a big fan of her. The real star of the show, however, was Cricket Bell. Holy smokes was that boy to die for! Cricket was just the type of boy that every girl wants to end up with. Considerate, not too clingy, but not a bad boy either, handsome, and educated. He also cared for Lola, which was obvious from the very moment that he was introduced.

Another perk that this book had was that Anna and Etienne were in it! They were the main characters in Anna and the French Kiss. They actually had a fairly large role in this book. I loved the moments with Etienne! He just cracked me up. I also loved the chance to watch their relationship grow and to have it clarified that they were still together.

What I didn’t like about Lola and the Boy Next door was the fact that Lola was already in a relationship with her boyfriend Max. Stephanie Perkins has an annoying habit of making at least one of her main characters unavailable in her books, and I’m sick of it. It would have been different if that didn’t already happen in Anna and the French Kiss, but I didn’t want to read about it again. She also has an annoying habit of making those relationships last until almost the very end of the book. In her next book, I really want to see something different. Maybe an epic romance that starts at the beginning.

Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It had the perfect light romance feel to it, and I was able to visualize everything in my head. I don’t know if I would ever want to read or recommend the actual print copy of the book. I feel like the books themselves are pretty light  and don’t go very many places. That’s not to say that it’s not an amazing book. I mean, I am giving it 5 stars! But….I just feel like it’s something that is better to listen to than to actually read.


Length: Approximately 8-10 hours

Publication Date: October, 2011

Publisher:  Listening Library

Rating: [rating: 5]