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