By: Stephanie Perkins
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At the age of seventeen, Dolores “Lola” thinks she has the perfect life: she’s living happily with her two dads, has an awesome punk-rock boyfriend, and is an aspiring fashion designer who practices by creating her own costumes every day. But when her childhood crush, Cricket, moves back home, she suddenly can’t get the boy next door out of her mind.
Parents should be aware that this is a young adult novel and contains the following content:
• Lola has two gay dads (it is mentioned that they go on a date once)
• Lola and Cricket are extremely physically attracted to each other
• Lola almost kisses Cricket a few times while she’s dating someone else
• Kissing and making out
• References to sexual activity as well as sexual innuendos
• References to loss of virginity
• Profanity (including a few F-bombs)
• One character drinks and at one time smokes pot; another is a recovering alcoholic
Lola and the Boy Next Door is a worthy installment in the adorable young adult chick lit Anna and the French Kiss series, and ends satisfactorily. Though this book is more sexual-oriented than the first one, there is less profanity. Anna and the French Kiss is a series of three books that are all connected, but follow different characters.
More Anna and the French Kiss reviews:
• Book 1: Anna and the French Kiss