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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

It took me waaaaay too long to get to Lola and the Boy Next Door! I was so excited when it came out, and then I just had so many other things on the TBR that needed reviewing, that I am just now getting to it. I also partly blame my sister, who took it hostage, and just now returned it. I loved Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss, so I was anxious to get into another love story. Plus, I met Stephanie at Austin Teen Book Fest, and I swear, she is the most adorable person ever. You just want to be her best friend when you meet her.
Anyway, here is the summary of Lola and the Boy Next Door from Goodreads: Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded 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.

What I Liked: 1) In a world of female main characters, Lola is a complete breath of fresh air. She's unique and comfortable being so. She makes a great role model for girls her age. I thought she was refreshing and fun, and she was definitely someone I'd have loved to be friends with. 2) The creativity. On every page you'd find something different and interesting that your imagination can take and run with. Lola is a creative girl and is always dressing up in costume, and her different outfits are so creative and described so vividly that you can see them so clearly in your mind. 3) I loved Lola's dads. They complemented each other so well, and made such a great parental unit. They were the most normal family in the book! Plus, Andy made pies for a living, which makes me hungry just thinking about. 4) Continuity from Anna and the French Kiss. Anna and Etienne were great characters and I was glad to see them in Lola and the Boy Next Door. I may have even said, "awe, yay!" out loud as I was reading. 5) The cover. Isn't it so cute?

What I Didn't Like: 1) The only thing I wanted that I didn't get from Lola was to get to know Cricket better. I thought that he was an interesting character, but I never got the sense that we just knew him very well. He wasn't as developed as I'd have liked. But seriously, that's all. Maybe Lola is just so vivid that she overshadows everyone else.

Overall thoughts: Lola and the Boy Next Door is a sweet romance story for young adults with a great main character, and a fantastic plotline. The romance will win over your heart as you follow Lola and her confusing love for the boy next door.

My rating: 4 shots


  1. Sounds fantastic. I need to check this one out.

  2. I still have to get to this one soon I love the sounds of Lola's character! Wonderful review!

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  3. Yay! Lola! I never thought about it, but it's true that we don't get to really know Cricket. I still love him though! Great review!

  4. Juju - If you haven't read anything by Stephanie Perkins, I highly recommend it. Anna and the French Kiss is great too!

    Wendy - I know, Cricket's great! I hope he's there in the next book!

    Giselle - Lola is one of the most creative female MCs out there, in my opinion. She's such a great person, you just want to be her friend!

    Karen - I know, strange, isn't it? You feel like you know him, but then when you close the book it's like...huh? He was great though!

    Thanks for stopping by, y'all!!


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