Lola And The Boy Next Door.
Publication Date:September 29,2011.
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance.
I loved Stephanie Perkin’s debut, Anna and the French Kiss , which I got for my birthday last year. So I had feeling that I was going love Lola And The Boy Next Door, I just haven’t had a chance to get around to it. I was right; actually I ended up loving it more than I thought I would. Even thought I loved the first book, I found myself enjoying Lola And The Boy Next Door even more, I loved the story, the characters especially Lola and Cricket. I wanted to know what would happen with the characters next, where Lola and Cricket would end up. I found myself wishing that I had bit more free time so I could read the book. After reading this book, Perkins had became one of my favorites and I got feeling that she be one of those writers, that any book she writes will be amazing. I can’t wait for the next book, Isla and the Happily Ever After .
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.
First of all, loving the cover for the book. It fits the story so well; especially the hair color of the girl in the picture which I am guessing is Lola. It’s totally Lola who was constantly changing in the book. That’s what I loved about her, how she constantly had on different costume every day, it made her different from the characters that I read about in the past, it made her unique. I had never read about character who was changing so constantly. That made me curious, it made me curious what sort of costume she’s going to have next. Of course I was also curious if she ever going dress as herself as well. I though what Max said to Lola during their break up wasn’t right, if he truly loved her, it wouldn’t mattered to him how much she changed. I knew there was something that I didn’t like about him, just couldn’t seem to figure what it was. I also loved Lola’s attitude.
Now Cricket and Lola, of course I loved their relationship right from the start. I found myself rooting for the two of them to get together even though she was with Max in beginning. I actually wanted to talk some sense into Lola in beginning and make her realize that Max wasn’t the one she should be with, but Cricket is. At same time, that’s what I liked about this book, the fact that they didn’t get together right away, those types of books never caught my attention that much, it’s more interesting to read about friends, that want be more then friends. It had that similarity between this book and Anna and the French Kiss, there was tension between the characters. Though I felt like there was much more tension between Cricket and Lola, but I knew that’s because they had history. I loved the fact that Cricket loved her for who she was, unlike Max. I actually smiled when two of them got together.
What I loved about this book, is fact that it had Anna and St.Clair in the book, my favorites from Anna and the French Kiss, and I was happy that they appeared quite often through the book. It’s making me curious if Lola and Cricket will appear in the next book. Anna and St. Clair were such good friend to both Lola and Cricket; I know that I liked them for a reason.
This was the book I practically lost track with while reading and I was smiling and thinking about it, even after I read it. I highly recommend this novel, especially if you love romance.