Lola and the Boy Next Door. There is some character overlap (Anna and St. Clair work with Lola) and Perkins' voice is distinctive, but this is a very different novel.
Lola lives with her two dads in San Francisco, dressing in wild clothing and dating Max, an older rebel from a rock band. She thought she had completely moved past her crush on her former neighbor, Cricket Bell, until his family moves back in. Suddenly, all the old feelings have returned: her love, Cricket's twin sister's dislike of Lola, and Lola's parents desire for her to be with someone kind and age-appropriate. While there is never a doubt as to how the novel will end, Perkins takes the reader on an entertaining ride through the hills of San Francisco to get there.
Lola is a complex character who is far from perfect, and that is exactly what I liked about her. One of the most interesting aspects of the novel is when she realizes that Cricket is a better person than she is, and that she must earn his love and respect. This isn't presented in a way that slights Lola's character, but rather that everyone deserves to be with someone who brings out the best in them, and that she needs to do a little work to get there.
I was excited to learn that there will be a third companion novel, Isla and the Happily Ever After, to be released some time in 2013. Until then, I will get my Perkins fix by reading Anna and the French Kiss in English.