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Monday, November 7, 2011

Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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.

 To put everything in context, Stephanie Perkins is the John Hughes of YA Fiction.  You wish she was the one writing the story of your life.

Once again, Stephanie Perkins hit a home run with Lola.  She has this way...of making every teenage girl fantasy about finding true love...into a book.  Mind boggling, really.  There wasn't a moment in the book that I hated reading and everything was unicorns and Nutella.  Lola is a wonderful character, her life story is fascinating, her friends are great supporting roles and Cricket...ooooh Cricket.  Cricket. Cricket. Cricket.  The epitome of the "Boy next door". 

The relationships, bonds, hardships, and the boy next door are the perfect combination for the perfect little YA Fomance (romance/fiction) novel.  If you're hesitating to read this because of Anna, never fear, Anna and Etienne make quite a few appearances in the book, and Lola is just as good as Anna.  The comparison between the two novels is inevitable, but both books are great in their own respective ways. Anna is the breathtakingly beautiful story that takes place in Paris and Lola is a more low-key, at home, simpler (but still heartbreaking).  But both books are great, and will probably make a fan girl out of you.

I don't know what else I can say about Lola and The Boy Next Door to make you read it except....Platinum, just like Anna!

Click for my review of Anna and The French Kiss


  1. Woohoo! Glad to hear Lola lived up. We adored Anna and can't wait to get our hands on this companion novel. :)


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