BLURB: “Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more fun, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect in Lola’s world, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend. That is, until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt and anguish that Lola thought was long buried. When talented inventor Cricket 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.”
REVIEW: I feel I should start by saying that I absolutely loved Perkins’ teen fiction debut, ‘Anna and the French Kiss’, and I thoroughly enjoyed the interweaving of the two novels, with Anna and Etienne also becoming part of Lola’s world and her story. I perhaps did not enjoy reading ‘Lola…’ quite as much, purely and simply because I found the character of Lola harder to relate to than Anna, due to the different personas she adopts through costume. Lola is a fun, witty and endearing character with a unique individuality that makes for fascinating reading. The novel also addresses some issues of gay rights with the introduction of Lola’s two fathers, a married couple, and her flaky and irresponsible mother, which added an enjoyable and relevant dimension to the novel. Although it is clear from the start that it is only a matter of time before Lola and Cricket realise their feelings for each other, the added complications of Max, Lola’s boyfriend, and the interference of Cricket’s ice-skating champion sister Calliope make for a gripping and exciting read. The ending left me with a massive smile on my face for some hours to come, and provided some real light relief from all my heavy uni texts! I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to romantics everywhere.