Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published Date: September 29, 2011
Published By: Dutton
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Summary 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.
I have three simple wishes. They’re really not too much to ask.
The first is to attend the winter formal dressed like Marie Antoinette…
The second is for my parents to approve of my boyfriend. They hate him.
And my third wish?
To never ever see the Bell twins ever again. Ever. -Lola
Do you remember your childhood buddies? your first crush? or your first kiss? Ask Lola.
For Dolores “Lola” Nolan, there is nothing more painful (and oh-so-exciting) than seeing (again) her neighbors–the Bell Twins–the beautiful Calliope Bell and her super nice twin brother Cricket Bell. Cricket is her first crush, her first kiss, and the guy who broke her heart.
I can’t tell you how much I LOVE and LOVE and LOVE this book (ok, that’s too much, but that’s exactly how I feel). Stephanie Perkins knows perfectly how to captivate her readers with her stories. Anna and the French Kiss totally blew my heart away and she did it again with Lola and the Boy Next Door! It’s amazing how she had written such a wonderful story blended with a beautiful setting, an amazing plot, and awesome characters that you will definitely love and adore! If you love Anna, you’ll love Lola! If you love Etienne, you’ll love Cricket! Maybe even more! (I’m confused here! I can’t even choose!). How could Stephanie crafted such WHOLE AWESOMENESS into these characters especially to these two irresistible guys? Etienne St. Clair and Cricket Bell are nothing but hotness! Lola and Anna may not be the same, but you’ll love Lola just as you love Anna. She’s cool, funny, bubbly and always a sunshine! She doesn’t believe in fashion and she wears a costume every single day! Lola is as colorful as her wigs, as shiny as her accessories, and as dazzling as her dresses. She loves to create and wear costumes that makes her personality so unique and interesting. Cricket is the smart and super nice BOY NEXT DOOR who will sweep you off your feet! He has good taste in fashion and he’s incredibly astonishing! Cricket is like a galaxy of stars whom you wish to reach and not just to look up to. Lola and Cricket has the striking qualities that made them adorable and lovable. They’re aware of their imperfections, and their flaws made them perfect for each other. They are so fun and exciting to read about. No boring moment at all. The flow of the story is carefully written, not too slow, never too fast. It’s just perfect!
If you think that you had enough of Anna and St. Clair, then you’re wrong! Seeing them with Lola and Cricket is totally overwhelming! I didn’t realized how much I missed these two until I get to read them again in this book. They are as fun and exciting as ever and seeing them together makes me want to read Anna and the French Kiss again… and again.
What more can I say, this book is just pure awesomeness! There are heartbreaking moments which are balanced with funny ones. It’s deliciously romantic without being cheesy. I love everything about it! Anna and the French Kiss gave me the whole Paris, Lola and the Boy Next Door gave me the stars and the moon! Stephanie Perkins’ writing is brilliant and splendid as ever! You’ll never ask for something different at all, you’ll want more of them!
Think of upstairs window overlooking your neighbor’s bedroom window. Think of the moon, and the stars, and rubberbands… and colorful costumes and wigs… and think of the “boy next door”. This is Lola’s world. Beautiful and engaging, this book will take you to a romantic journey that will remind you of your sweet and unforgettable teenage memories. I can’t help but SMILE every time I look at this book. Anna and the French Kiss
and Lola and the Boy Next Door
are two delightful books that I will always hold close to my heart.
“I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.” -Cricket Graham Bell