“Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins

Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door is the second companion to the highly popular Anna and the French Kiss.

Lola Nolan is her own designer, only she doesn’t believe in fashion. Lola believes in costume: sparkly wigs, rainbow skirts, and combat boots. According to Lola there is no such thing as outrageous, everything is wild and fun. Lola has a lot of great things in her life, including a cool, older rocker boyfriend that she is crazy about.

Things take a sudden turn in Lola’s life with the return of her childhood next-door neighbors, Cricket and Calliope Bell. Cricket has always been in the shadow of his figure skating sister, Calliope’s. A gifted inventor, Cricket also harbors secret feelings. Now that they have returned, Lola must face the feelings that she has been trying to forget.

I loved this book for many reasons. It’s beautifully written, and Stephanie Perkins gives us a beautiful setting in San Francisco. Lola and Cricket are both wonderful characters, and we get very welcome appearances from Anna and St. Clair. I would recommend this book to any fans of contemporary romance and any fan of Anna and the French Kiss.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Stephanie Rudisill


“Magnolia” by Kristi Cook


Magnolia is just as sweet as the name suggests. The Cafferty and Marsden families are old Southern royalty. Their families’ connection can be traced all the way back to the Civil War. The families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. When Jemma and Ryder are born just a few weeks apart, the families think its fate for these two to finally unite the two famous families so they can rule Magnolia Branch, Mississippi together.

The problem is Jemma and Ryder hate each other. Both Jemma and Ryder are more concerned about cheerleading, SEC football, and high school. However when Jemma and Ryder are forced to work through a tragedy together, they realize they may have more in common than they think.

This book echoes Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, told through acts, but with the relationship of the main characters reversed from the original tale.

There are so many things that I loved about this book, but most of all I loved how unique it was. Its Southern setting and language really bring something new and interesting to the book. I would recommend this book for any reader of YA romance who is looking for something short and sweet.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Stephanie Rudisill