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Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Monday, September 19, 2011
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
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Series: Companion to Anna and the French Kiss
Publisher: Dutton
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Format: ARC
Source: Sarah @ Sarah's Random Musings
Buy It: Powell's

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 love everything from the writing to the characters to the whole plot. There's this strong voice to it that I craved so much. I was trying to savor it by reading it slow, but everything was just so smooth that I found myself finishing it in one sitting.

The plot was just cute! Lola thinks she's having the perfect life with her amazing designs and hot (and older) boyfriend. When old friends move back in the neighborhood her life takes a drastic turn. Where in "Anna" we get the view of someone pining for someone already taken. In "Lola" we get the taken person pining for someone else.

Lola is just fabulous! She's so confident in herself and her style. Everyday she's in a different mind blowing outfit that only she could pull off. What I most most about Lola is that she's not perfect. Lola is real. She has flaws and insecurities like anybody else, but that's just what makes her even bolder. And she has some killer costumes.

Cricket Bell. When would I even think that I'd swoon over a guy name Cricket.

Well for starters, Cricket has some great tall hair. Second, he has some pretty neat outfits. And third, he's a nice guy. Which is a total win.

When Lola starts to get use to having him around again they'd talk to each other through their windows since they're literally next door neighbors. Cricket respected Lola and never tried to push the boundaries of their friendship. The whole talking to each other at night things is just so cute!

The cameos of St. Clair and Anna are clever. They fit right in and are just so fun as usual. It was really nice to see their relationship after we saw the start, which doesn't happen too often.

Lola and the Boy Next Door is a witty read that will leave you laughing, tearing up, and just plain old swooning. I just overal love everything about this book and Stephanie's writing.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


  1. Ahh I am dying to read one of Stephanie Perkins' books! Both Anna and Lola sound like they will be so fun and cute-- I could use a light-hearted, quick read like this that will make me smile :)

    Thanks for the great review Vy!

    Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

  2. AHHHH!! I'm so jealous! Can't wait for this one! So glad it doesn't disappoint


  3. I REALLY want to read Lola, but then again, who doesn't??? Lol. Great review! :)

  4. SO jealous that you got to read it! I can't wait to get my hands on this book.

    I *squee'd* when I read that Anna and St. Clair make a cameo. I LOVE CAMEOS!!!!!!

  5. I loved Anna and the French Kiss, I will have to read this one. Great review!

  6. This book was SO good! I really loved reading it. Cricket is definitely in a class all his own. ;) Glad you enjoyed it as well!

  7. I love everything about this book, from the flawed but oh-so-ridiculously-sexy love interest to Anna and her discovery of Paris and herself. One of my all time favorite YA books--smart, funny, yummy, and incredibly well-written.

  8. It's funny how a book can twist around how you feel about things. I was prepared to dislike Calliope (Cricket's sister) and I did for part of the book. But, she really comes through in the end. I admired how the how family has backed her in her dreams. I think the fact that Cricket has put some much of his life on hold for her shows a sense of who he is and what's important to him. I also really liked Max at first, despite their age difference. In the end, I couldn't believe that he acted that way he did to Lola. But, maybe he was really hurt by her actions and this was his only way of expressing it.


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