by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 29th 2011 by Dutton Books
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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.
Another one of Stephanie Perkins books and still none of that magic so many people talk about. Much like with the first book I was expecting a lot and just like the first one I was unimpressed. I can’t for the life of me understand why all the hype surrounding these books. To me they feel ordinary and cliché. I’m not saying they are bad, all I’m saying is they are OKAY.
I have issues with these books for one particular reason. I know that this reason doesn’t annoy a lot of readers. I’m usually not annoyed by it but I can’t tolerate it in these books and that is how incredibly predictable they are. From the start of this book you know who ends up with who. You already know that, so you go into this book looking to answer how they got together at least for me anyways. I went into this book looking to read the story of how they fell in love and I was completely devastated when I found the very unoriginal and very played out “love triangle” trope. To me these books don’t need that. These books have amazing story lines that could have been focused on a lot more than a senseless love triangle. Now don’t get me wrong I love my well-developed love triangles but in my opinion Stephanie doesn’t know how to do a good one and she should not be doing them.
And another thing is that I’m overwhelmed by the lack of impact that Stephanie Perkins characters have on me. To me she tries too hard on making her characters stand out and it just falls flat. Lola was just okay. I honestly didn’t buy into her character. I felt like her personality was forced. Her character and her development didn’t feel believable to me. At first I appreciated her uniqueness and individuality but after a while it became tacky and a little annoying. To me it felt like the author was trying to hard to make her “unique” and “different” . I also didn’t understand the whole “staying with my boyfriend” attitude she had when it was so clear what she wanted and who she ends up with. It’s come to my attention that Stephanie Perkins likes the idea of love triangles but like I said in my opinion they are honestly so bad. I don’t like that she always has this “in a relationship but interested in someone else” dynamic with her characters. I had this problem with Etienne in Anna and the French Kiss, now I have this problem with Lola in this book and if my predictions are correct I’ll have this same problem with Isla and the Happily Ever After. And to me it feels like she ruins her characters for the purpose of the love triangle. We see this in both books, in this book was Max. Max to me was a good character but obviously the author had to create scenarios out of the blue and out of character for the purpose of making us choose Cricket.
I have to admit that I did enjoy this book a tiny bit more than Anna and the French Kiss and I did like Anna and Etienne more in this book but I was still annoyed by it at times and I’ve yet to find a main character that wows me. Much like Anna and the French Kiss I was utterly unsatisfied. But third times the charm right? Let’s see what Isla brings to the table.
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