Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 1st June 2014
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
This review contains spoilers.
But this book pulled me in eventually just like Anna and the French Kiss; it just needed a bit of patience and perseverance. The verdict? WOW. I think this may have been better than the first. Way better; better than cats, and I didn't even think that was possible. And my review of Anna and the French Kiss is quoted in it!
I think it's safe to say that Cricket is the latest addition to my extensive list of book boyfriends. I mean, this book gave me butterflies because I was so desperate for Cricket and Lola to realise their love for each other, and Cricket is just so perfect! Why can't boys be like that in real life? Not to mention this book was hilarious. For example:
"And being thin makes me look even taller."
"And your tight pants," I add.
Cricket makes a startled choking noise.
OH DEAR GOD. WHY WOULD I SAY THAT?
Yet again Perkins captured the internal monologue of a teenage girl perfectly. That woman deserves a medal. Plus our favourites Anna and St Clair from the previous book were in this book too! I'd been told they were only in it very briefly but they were actually pretty big parts of the story and I just can't describe how happy that made me. I love it when authors include characters from one of their books in another - it's like meeting an old friend for the first time in years.
The only slight issue I had is that I think Lola and Cricket should have become a couple way sooner. Yes, the anticipation is one of the many reasons I raced through this book - one of the others being that Perkins' writing is absolutely perfect - but it took so long that Lola's relationship with her soon-to-be ex boyfriend started feeling unnatural. She was with him for so long, even after realising she loved Cricket again, that there didn't seem to be a reason for her to stay with him any longer and I couldn't understand why she did, especially when he started being nasty to her friends so openly. But each to their own.
Full of hopes, dreams, forgiveness and a boy called Cricket, you need this book in your life. To cure my sadness after finishing this book I quickly pre-ordered Isla and the Happily Ever After which I am SO. FREAKING. EXCITED FOR. Edit: My review of Isla went up sooner than this one even though I read Lola first - you can see my review here! If you're ever sad, worried, or just feeling blue, Stephanie Perkins will cure it for you! And I swear I didn't mean for that to rhyme...