Review * Lola and the Boy Next Door Review by Stephanie Perkins

March 21, 2012 Reviews 9 ★★★★

Review * Lola and the Boy Next Door Review by Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
Published by Dutton Juvenile on September 29, 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 338
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Anna and the French Kiss, Isla and the Happily Ever After
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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 Thought…

This was one of those books.  You know, the ones that cause you to chose reading over responsibilities.   I had a plan Saturday morning and that plan did not include this book, but I got up too early and didn’t feel like getting out of bed, and this book was in reach… next thing you know it’s 9:30 and I haven’t gotten anything done.

Lola and Cricket were quirky and fun.  I also really liked the fact that they were normal. Not normal, normal, because Lola is anything but, but normal as in this story could happen anywhere, anytime, and nothing special is required (except a cute boy of course). Lola has these outrageous outfits that sound fun (though I’m definitely not brave enough to any of wear them) and cool wigs.  She is a very confused girl, but really, who isn’t at 17?
As much as I love the bad boys in books I really like the good boys as well and Cricket is the perfect example. He is sweet and funny and makes mistakes (and he blushes).   He truly is the boy next door.

I really liked Max, her boyfriend in the beginning. Obviously since book wasn’t about Max it was necessary for him to get all jerkish but I liked him anyway. Lola’s two dad’s were pretty cool, alternating freaking out about different things that Lola does.  I even liked Norah, her “real” mom.

Overall I really enjoyed all the characters and Lola’s journey of finding true love.  I’m very much looking forward to reading Anna and the French Kiss.   (I know that I’m doing this backwards, but they’re companion novels, so it’s ok.)


9 Responses to “Review * Lola and the Boy Next Door Review by Stephanie Perkins”

  1. fakesteph

    I’m so glad you read this. I totally loved this book!!!! Cricket is… sigh. Such a great character.

  2. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    I was really worried that you were going to leave at any moment on Saturday so that you could go home to read about Lola and Cricket. Fortunately the yumminess of Matthew Goode, Sean Patrick Flanery and those hot bad boy Asians was enough to keep you from bolting. :) Can’t wait to get to this one! I am trying to read Anna, but I have to many have to read books to review. Not that I’m complaining though!

  3. Jenny

    I loved this one too! I’m glad you liked it and, don’t worry about not having read Anna and the French Kiss first, it doesn’t matter and this one was better anyway. ;)

  4. Bittner

    I loved this book more then Anna. I really liked Anna, but there were certain small things I didn’t like. And I loved Lola so much because it was just like the author took the book for Anna, erased all the stuff I didn’t like, move the characters to a new city and done!
    I loved Cricket! My favorite part was when she was hurting and he put the wooden plank across there windows and used it to climb into her room. I remember thinking “but real boys don’t cross bridges”