Sep 20, 2013

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

16101168Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 29th, 2011
Publisher: Speak
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback, bought

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Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the 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.

My Review:

Lola is anything but ordinary. She has two gay dads, a rocker boyfriend that is 22 while she is only 17, and she made a resolution that she won't wear the same outfit twice. Lola wears glitter, crazy colors, crazy outfits, and also wigs. She is madly in love with her boyfriend Max, she knows he is the one....that is...until Cricket moves back home. She then has a tornado go off inside herself as she tries to figure out exactly how she feels about Max and Cricket.

First I have to throw this out there...ANNA AND ETIENNE ST. CLAIR ARE IN THIS BOOK! I know, they are small characters, but you still get to see how everything turns out for them. I loved to see a continuation of their story, no matter how small it was. They also had a part in the book, they weren't just thrown into some pages.

Now, back to the main part of the book. Let me say. I have the flu. I have been out of commission for about a week now, but I still have been doing what I can to read. I read a few pages here or there on other books, but when I got to this one, I had my box of tissues for my nose in one hand and my book in the other. I read this within 2 days and I couldn't stop reading it. I tore through it just as fast as I did with Anna and the French Kiss.

I am still doing my horrible thing and kind of comparing this book to Anna and the French Kiss but at the same time I can't. The stories are completely different. Anna is set more into a school and this one, even with it having a little school in it, is mainly at Lola's house or her work at the theater. Everything else is just random little places here or there, but you spend a lot of time with her at her home.

I LOVED the characters, I find I liked the characters a little more than I did in Anna and the French Kiss, they weren't so distant as many of the other ones were. I mean some were like Calliope and Max, but you still kind of got to know them anyway. Lola you feel for her through most of the story but at the same time are yelling at her to listen to everyone around her and stop being so stubborn, but when it comes to love it isn't always easy to give in.

I liked watching Lola grow into a wonderful person and also seeing the other characters change too. You learn to hate some that you loved at one point and vice versa. Cricket, he steals your heart from the start, the moment you find out what really happened and why he ran out on Lola. I could picture him throughout the whole thing and Stephanie does a great job to make him come off as the boy next door. The sweet, innocent boy next door.

I do like her first book, Anna, a little better, but that doesn't mean much because Lola is very close in the race. I love Stephanie's writing style, and how even with it being closer to 400 pages, you still devour it because you just flow through it all. I was surprised how fast I was going through it, but it was because I had to know what was going to happen, so I just kept plowing through ignoring the world around me.

This might make me a bad reviewer, but I don't care, because I have nothing negative, at all, to say about this book. I love it. I want to go pick up Anna and read it again and then flow straight into this one, but sadly I have a few other books I have to read, but I know very soon I will have to re-read both and enjoy them all over again.

The book is so adorable and shows to me what true love can be. I love fluffy reads and this definitely fits into it. I like that you get a struggle through the book and don't know how it is all going to end. I love Cricket very much and I am so happy I finally got around to this book. I can't wait for the third one and I hope that she puts all of them in the next book as she put Anna and Etienne in this book.

Couldn't Put It Down!!

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