Friday, May 11, 2012

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.
Publisher: Dutton Books.
Pages: 338.
Release Date: September 29, 2012.
Source: Purchased.
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 don't think it's possible for me to love any other character more than I do Anna Oliphant but Stephanie Perkins really pushed it with Lola. Lola and the Boy Next Door was a perfect companion for Anna and the French Kiss, filled with the same charm and drama and romance and general cuteness as its predecessor.

Lola is so different from Anna but I couldn't help but love her just the same. Her crazy costuming was so fun to read about but I loved that it served more purpose than just being a particular hobby of hers. Lola really is discovering who she is in this book and Stephanie Perkins totally brought it to life in a hilariously entertaining and ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE way.

Cricket, Cricket, Cricket. Be still, my heart. I use this word a lot when speaking about Stephanie Perkins and her characters but Cricket is the epitome of adorableness. I admired how shy and reserved he was because paired with Lola, the two were just - pause for dramatic effect - ADORABLE. Their relationship had me squealing and giggling until my brain just melted from the cuteness overload. BUT if you're thinking "She's making this book sound way too cutesy for me," STOP. Because it is so much more than that. Like I said above, Lola goes through a bit of an identity crisis and her downfall is a perfect dose of dramatic for the book; enough to make me feel for her but not so much that it drags the entire story to a darker tone.

And there was Anna and St. Clair! My favorites were back and they had bigger parts than I had originally thought! That is so amazing. I'm hoping Lola and Cricket play some role in Isla and the Happily Ever After!

Overall, it's a Stephanie Perkins book. What more do I need to say? Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door are perfect for not only contemporary lovers, but also for anyone who just wants to smile. I definitely recommend!

Other reviews for Lola and the Boy Next Door:
Frenetic Reader.
Chick Loves Lit.
The Book Cellar.
Waking Brain Cells.

20 comments:

  1. I loved this book. I reviewed it awhile back and every time I think about it, my heart just jumps. Stephanie Perkins's writing just has something that grips readers' hearts and I love it. Thanks for sharing! Happy reading!

    http://thebucketlist-gn.blogspot.com

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    1. Totally agree with you! There's just so much happiness in her writing!

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  2. I love that the characters overlapped, but that Lola stood out on it's own and would have done so even without Anna and St. Clair. Due to these two books, I know I will be reading whatever Stephanie Perkins writes.

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    1. Definitely agree with you! Lola would have been just as amazing without Anna and St. Clair. They were an awesome added bonus though!

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  3. I'll have to be sure and check this one out. Thanks for the great review. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  4. great review! I loved Lola"s Spunk and agreed Cricket was adorable!

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    1. Spunk! That was a word I was looking for when I was trying to write this review. Definitely agree with you! :)

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  5. I still need to read this and Anna & the French Kiss. Loved your review!

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  6. I need to read these books! I haven't read a cute book in a very long time!

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    1. Oh my gosh, you need to get a hold of these books immediately then. You will be smiling so hard your face will start to hurt hahah.

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  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! I read Anna and the French Kiss and I absolutely LOVED it - it was seriously the cutest thing ever. I've been looking forward to reading Perkins' future releases and I'm glad they live up to AatFK!

    Thanks for the amazing review :) Happy reading.

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    1. It definitely does live up to it! If I were you, I'd run to the bookstore to get a copy ASAP! ;)

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  8. Stephanie Perkins is a gem in my life. I loved your review! I can't wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After.

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  9. I didn't enjoy this book as much as Anna, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it! I loved Lola! It was such a fantastic book. Although Lola herself sometimes danced on my nerves, I was head over heels in love with Cricket. Stephanie Perkins needs ALL OF THE AWARDS when writing character. Fabulous review, Katie! This book was certainly too adorable for words.

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  10. Oh HECK yes I agree with your review 100%. Cricket Bell is, let's face it, p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n. :D I am dying--seriously--for ISLA and the HAPPILY EVER AFTER! :D

    -Juli @ The Reviews News

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  11. This review made me laugh. I'm with you on preferring Cricket to St. Clair. But a lot of people feel the opposite! Love her books so much.

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