Anna and the French Kiss. Loved, loved, loved. (If you missed the previous gushing of love, my review is here). After finishing the book, I immediately put Lola on hold at the library. I have to admit, I had extremely high expectations for this book, which usually isn't a good thing, since I get disappointed easily when a book doesn't live up to my expectations. But Lola did, and blew my expectations out of the water.
I loved that, even though this is a unique standalone novel, Stephanie Perkins still wove in Anna and St. Clair. If you haven't read Anna and the French Kiss, I would recommend reading the books in order. It would spoil the ending to Anna a little if they're read out of order, but I also found that I enjoyed the random moments with these characters specifically because I've read a whole book about these two characters.
I adored Lola's characterization. She loves to dress up, and approaches each day with a different fashion outlook and costumes herself. She's such a vibrant, vivacious character that I couldn't help falling in love with her, laughing and crying along with her as the story progressed.
As with Anna, it's hard to really describe the storyline without giving anything away. And I have so much love for this book that it's hard to even find the words to say what I want to say. So let me say simply this: GO READ THIS BOOK. Or, if you haven't read Anna and the French Kiss, GO READ THAT BOOK FIRST, THEN READ THIS ONE. Seriously. These are two of the best books that I've read this year -- warm, fuzzy, uplifting, romantic and a perfect story in all the right ways.