Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door Author: Stephanie Perkins Publisher: Dutton, 338 Pages (September 29th, 2011) From:purchased from Amazon
Synopsis: 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.
Review: 5 Stars - Lola and the Boy Next Door, sophomore title from author
Stephanie Perkins was a book many of us have been waiting on pins and needles
for since Anna and the French Kiss. What can I say? Perkins has done it again!
It’s safe to say that after reading this title, I will read
anything that Perkins writes. She has penned some memorable and amazing
characters that are easy to fall in love with and highly relate-able making this
one of those books that once you pick up, don’t even think of having any plans
on moving from your spot anytime soon, because you won’t be putting it down.
Lola and Cricket might be different and quirky, but how can
you not read this book and love every last little detail of the two. Lola and
her bright colors, wigs and endless accessories; Cricket with his writing on
his hands, shy way about him and his own very different sense of style. Without
a doubt each of these characters personalities were magnetic to me.
It’s nice to see family written into a YA title as well. It’s
not often that we get to see and hear from a true family unit other than just
the teens within the story. Perkins did a wonderful thing by including both
Lola’s family and Crickets family as key parts to their story. It made everything
about the book and characters more real and honest.
Anna and St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss made an appearance
here and there throughout this companion novel, which was such a bonus since I
LOVED their story as well. It was fun to get a chance to check in with those two
and see how they are. I was ecstatic to see them continue to show up within the
story often and liked that they were involved in both Lola and Crickets lives.
All in all, love comes to mind when I think of this book.
Love for the story, characters and writing. Perkins is a force within the
contemporary YA genre. As mentioned at the beginning of this review, I will
forever more read anything that Perkins writes. I can’t wait for Isla and the
Happily Ever After and will be looking forward to seeing if Anna, St. Clair,
Lola or Cricket will be making their own guest appearances. There’s no doubt
that I recommending this title to anyone who loved Anna and the French Kiss and
if you haven’t read that, I have no clue what’s stopping you – go out and get
both of these titles and read right away today!
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