Lola and the Boy Next Door

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In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think

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...

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In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think

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.

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Lola Nolan is a junior in high school, but some might think that she has her head in the clouds. This budding fashion designer has a 22-year-old hot rocker boyfriend and an eccentric, even outlandish sense of style. She's riding high on individuality until a next door neighbor former flame moves back into her life and disrupts her great leap forward. Stephanie Perkins' companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss shows a teenager grappling with that strange thing we call love.

Publishers Weekly
Like its predecessor, Perkins's companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss has snappy dialogue and sexy love interests, though high-school junior Lola is a much more unconventional heroine. With an array of wigs and costumes at her disposal (her outfits include an Egyptian-inspired gown made from a sheet and a cheetah-print number adorned with red ribbons and brooches to protest game-hunting), she has no interest in blending in. As Lola begins her junior year, her goals are to get her fathers to approve of her 22-year-old boyfriend, Max, and to create a masterpiece Marie Antoinette costume for the winter dance. But complications arrive when Cricket Bell moves back next door. Two years ago he broke her heart, and seeing him again shakes her faith in her relationship with Max. What's a girl to do when two guys are into her? Lola indulges her inner angst plenty, but her self-deprecating sense of humor and Perkins's skill at capturing Lola's seesawing emotions make for a lively romance about a girl trying to understand who she is under all the gowns and glitter. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
Lola is a promising young designer that believes fashion should be expressive. She thinks the bigger the better. Bring on the sparkle, the outrageous, the wildest outfit or costume and express yourself. She has big plans for her future, and life is good. That is until Cricket returns, a not so wonderful part of her past. Cricket, a gifted inventor and previous neighbor, forces Lola to finally face and resolve her lifelong feelings for her him. Although she goes to great lengths to avoid Cricket and his twin sister Calliope, he seems to keep showing up in her life. Cricket's constant appearance begins to create some friction especially with Lola's rocker boyfriend, Max. How will this not so perfect event effect Lola's pretty perfect life? This is an exciting, romantic coming of age tale of young love. It seizes your heart and allows the reader to connect with Lola on a personal level. You are instantly captured by Lola's spark as she literally comes to life through each page and faces some very difficult life and love choices. Will the "boy next door" help Lola free her of their past or will he become part of her future? Reviewer: Lisette Baez
School Library Journal
Gr 9–11—Seventeen-year-old Lola lives with her two fathers in San Francisco. An aspiring costume designer, she has an extreme style and a penchant for outlandish outfits, sequins, and wigs and no longer cares what anyone else thinks about her exotic outfits. She also dreams of a future with her boyfriend, Max, as he pursues his rock-and-roll career. But life rarely follows a plan, and Lola's seems to be falling apart. Her parents don't like Max, who is 22, and seem to go out of their way to express their displeasure (not that the restrictions have stopped Max and Lola's more amorous activities). Then Cricket Bell, the guy who broke Lola's heart two years earlier, and his twin sister move back into the house next door, and Lola's unstable birth mother moves in until she can find a new place to live. As everything begins to come apart at the seams, she learns that, like fabric, life's pieces can be sewn back together to create something better than what was originally designed. Perkins's novel goes a bit deeper than standard chick-lit fare, and Lola is a sympathetic protagonist even when readers disagree with her decisions. Her shaken certainties and the obstacles that are thrown in her path give her maturity and depth and, ultimately, settle her more firmly into her dreams with a greater confidence. Secondary characters are well developed and lend believability to the novel. Step back—it's going to fly off the shelves.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
Kirkus Reviews

Perkins avoids the second-novel curse with a delectable companion to her debut hit, Anna and the French Kiss (2010).

Seventeen-year-old budding costume designer Lola Nolan (who vows never to wear the same outfit twice) has finally recovered from two years of heartbreak at the hands of amateur inventor Cricket Graham Bell (Yes, "[t]he Bell family is THAT Bell family. As in telephone"), her first love and neighbor who moved away suddenly without a good-bye. Although her two gay dads are always looking for "[e]vidence of debauchery," she's found contentment with her 22-year-old sexy musician boyfriend, Max. She's in for a jolt again, though, when Cricket and his family return to their San Francisco neighborhood so his twin sister, an Olympic skating hopeful, can train with a new coach. Fans of the first novel will be happy to know that Anna and her boyfriend have not only remained together but play a role in helping Lola confront her renewed feelings for the boy next door. Along with the possibility of romance, Lola also reconciles her lineage to a homeless, drug-addict mother, while Cricket deals with the revelation that his notorious ancestor stole his famous idea. Just as Perkins did with Paris, she embeds a tour of San Francisco culture throughout the snappy storyline.

And steamy kisses and tingly touches? There are still plenty of those, too. (Chick lit. 14 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142422014
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 18,599
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins ( lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    Perfect In Every Way - An Absolute Must!

    Lola, oh Lola, you astound me with your ability to turn me into a puddle of emotion. Lola and the Boy Next Door is the most perfectly executed and excruciatingly anticipatory love story I've ever read. Lola Nolan is - as I've dubbed her - badass chic. She loves to wear a frilly dress, but rocks it with combat boots. She dresses in costumes, not to disguise anything, but to be herself. And boy is Lola one hot mess of a girl. She has a sexy, rocker boyfriend named Max, but a strange and torrid history with her old neighbors, the Bell twins, who just happen to move back in next door. Unwanted feelings, 'traumatic' memories, and the best romantic tension ensue.

    Lola is one of those characters that are impossible not to love. Everything about her made me love her more. Her outfits, wigs, the way she thinks out loud - literally, she says it all out loud without realizing it - and the way she loves so completely. Her parents mean the world to her and she's not afraid to show it. Both of her dads are the kind of parents that YA is severely lacking and I loved their involvement in Lola's life. In fact, every single character is fleshed out and has purpose in the story.

    Andy and Nathan - Lola's dads - a pie bakery owner (via the kitchen) and a lawyer, respectively, are like any other dads. They enforce called check-ins when Lola is out, make the 22 year old Max come over for Sunday brunch, and freak when boys are in Lola's room. Norah, Lola's birth mom, even plays a role, by forcing Lola to open her eyes to things she maybe isn't willing to see. Lola's best friend Lindsey is not nearly as sparkly and colorful as Lola, but she's her best friend and is there for her whenever she needs her. Anna and Etienne St. Clair make an appearance or two as well, so if you loved Anna and the French Kiss, be prepared for some more fun from them.

    Then there are the Bell twins. Calliope comes off as very cold-shoulderish, but her years of being cut off from normal teen life as a world-class figure skater plays into that a great deal. Getting to know her and seeing her reasoning softens her a bit though. Now for Cricket. Yes, Cricket. Oh how I did not want to like him. Lola has a boyfriend and he's sexy and a budding rock star, who suffers through double dad interrogation, and I really liked him. But then I LOVED Cricket.

    How do you love a boy named Cricket? Read Lola and try not to. It's impossible, what with his tight pants, enthusiastic nature, and constant smiles. He's insecure, but somehow confident; a little geeky, but completely sexy at the same time; intense and funny and intelligent and selfless. He has this pureness and innocence about him that makes him perfect. But he's perfect because he's imperfect. His flaws - like Lola's flaws - make him a great character.

    The romance in Lola and the Boy Next Door is absolutely, stunningly, delectable. Never before have I read something that creates so much tension and anticipation and that 'pleasepleaseplease kiss' sensation so well. That's what Lola will do to you. You'll fall in love with these characters, with their lives, and their hopes and dreams. I know I did.

    Stephanie Perkins has more than done it again with Lola. She has outdone herself, improved upon her previous writing, and given us a story that will resonate with every single person who reads it.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

    I loved Anna and the French Kiss, so I really had high hopes for this one. I was keeping my fingers crossed that Stephanie's sophomore book would deliver. I'm happy to say it did!

    At first, I wasn't sure what to think of Lola. She's so different from any other character I've read, and such a drastic change from Anna. I also didn't identify with her as much. I don't have that artistic flair and tend to prefer to go with the flow not stand out in the crowd. But, slowly that characteristic really began to grow on me. She's everything I'm not, and I really admired that about her. I also admired the fact that she's a typical teen. With things begin to snowball, she questions who she really is. But, she soon realized that being who you are doesn't always mean fitting to everyone else's standards. A nice change of pace is that Lola is being raised by her two dads, who are really her biological uncle and his partner. Her mother occasionally comes in and reeks havoc in her life.

    I liked Cricket from the first time we meet him. I love how it seems like he just appears were ever Lola is. Some of it is coincidental, but other times you can tell he's making a valiant effort to reconnect with Lola. I enjoyed his personality. He's like a combination of nerdy mixed with a couple other "types", it's no wonder that Lola is so attracted to him. I found ironic that Lola never flat out told him that she had a boyfriend. It's not something I really faulted her on, because I could tell she was really struggling with her feeling concerning Cricket.

    It's funny how a book can twist around how you feel about things. I was prepared to dislike Calliope (Cricket's sister) and I did for part of the book. But, she really comes through in the end. I admired how the how family has backed her in her dreams. I think the fact that Cricket has put some much of his life on hold for her shows a sense of who he is and what's important to him. I also really liked Max at first, despite their age difference. In the end, I couldn't believe that he acted that way he did to Lola. But, maybe he was really hurt by her actions and this was his only way of expressing it.

    In the end, I decided that Lola was just as fantastic as Anna, but in an entirely different way. I'm amazed that Stephanie has managed to write two completely different heroines and their romances. I can't wait to read her next one!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011


    Anna and the French Kiss was so much better Paris, british boyfriend....compared to their story this one was borrrringg!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Once you get past the beginning, turns out to be an amazing book.

    Coming from Anna and the French Kiss, i expected a great book. The beginning is slow and horrible. The first 60-70 pages are filled with introductions. I understand introducing the plot, characters and etc is important, but it does not need to take up that many pages. However, once you get past the introductions, this book turns out to be great, and similar to Anna anf the French Kiss in the sense of a great teenage romance novel. Please disregard the horrible beginning and you will find it to be an amazing romance novel.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    Loved it

    This book kept me hooked from beginning to end. it was as good as Anna&thefrench kiss.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Love is in the air

    I can't begin to say how much this story touched me. Lola was a breath of fresh air and Cricket is the love of my life. I wanted to hold him tight and NEVER let him go.

    Read this book....if you don't enjoy're a fool.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

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    So Cute and Fun!!

    I really want Lola to be my friend because:

    1. I love Pushing Daisies so much, too, and own every episode. It's just so pretty and Kristen Chenowith is a-maz-ing!

    2. Thanks to Lola, I totally have my Halloween costume idea for this year and I have been obsessing over it since I read this book.

    3. I love wigs too! (See previous Halloween costume obsession...) I don't have the guts to wear one outside of socially accepted holidays, but I sure wish I did! I look great in an electric blue, bobbed wig!!

    4. Lola has two wonderful dad's who live in San Francisco, have a great victorian house and hold amazing brunches. (One is also a pie-baker, yum!) I just know if Lola and I were friends I could come to Sunday Brunch!

    5. Lola has a great BFF, works with Anna, hangs out with St. Clair and has a fun, quirky boy next door. I would hang out with Lindsey and have a Veronica Mars marathon every day of the week!

    So, Lola has a great life, but it gets a little complicated (natch) when her former friends move back in town, right next door. She's dating an older, bad-boy, rocker and I loved the way this relationship played out. I have dated my share of borderline-jerky guys in the past and Perkins has spun this tale in a very realistic way.

    Max is not overtly bad or abusive and (although you know how this is going to all play out) you can understand why Lola is dating him. Let me just say this: In my experience, if your family and friends hate the person you are dating (as long as they have concrete reasons), you should not be dating them. Your loved ones are right, you are love-struck and wrong. Every. Time.

    Then... Cricket's back! Uh-oh! What's a girl to do?? Outside of the fact that he goes by "Cricket" (really?), he's a cute, nerdy boy who loves Lola just the way she is. Awww.

    Lola and the Boy Next Door was a fun read with interesting characters. Although there are no big twists or surprises here, Lola's journey is charming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Highly Recommended for those who adore a sweet romance!!!

    Loved it :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    A let-down after Anna

    After reading Anna and the French Kiss, I highly anticipated Lola and the Boy Next Door. It was a good book, but after reading Anna, Lola fell short. I couldn't stand Max. The gay dads thing was weird. Cricket's pinstriped pants were the original reason she started liking him. Lola was not as funny as Anna, and San Francisco just isn't as romantic as Paris. Also, Lola was a bit more...erm, daring lets say with relationships which I feel most teenage girls can not relate to. I liked that Anna and St Clair were brought back though. Also, I didn't like having it on my shelf because the creepy stare of the purple hair girl freaked me out. I did not like it that much because the average reader can not relate to Lola, because Lola is not like the average girl. It was written well, but as mentioned previously, it can not compare to Anna. An okay read.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014


    First and third were my favorite

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  • Posted September 17, 2014

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    So as many people know, I really liked Anna, but I didn¿t love i

    So as many people know, I really liked Anna, but I didn’t love it as much as so many people did. I didn’t give it five stars. But I thoroughly enjoyed the story. And I had heard that book two was even better than the first, so I was excited to read this. 

    Lola is the girl next door. But she’s anything but average. She’s quirky and fun and dresses the part. And her family is not traditional, which I absolutely adored. She’s also had immense heartbreak which she never seemed to be able to get over both with amorous relationships and with family. So when she meets Max and finally has a boyfriend, she thinks she can put the past behind her. But then the past shows up and she’s thrown for a total loop! She becomes awkward and makes rash decisions. And she becomes torn by her feelings. And this makes her untruthful at times, not only to others but also to herself. I love Lola. She’s so relatable. And she is well developed as she scrambles through the changes that have been thrown in her lap. Love, friendship, and the constant reminder of having to make the right decision weigh heavily on her for the entire book.

    Cricket is an interesting character. First I was thrown by his name. Honestly, I thought it was a girl’s name. So when Lola first talks about him and Calliope, his twin, I think he’s a girl. But that is quickly dispelled. Cricket is torn, though. Torn for his loyalty to his family and his love for a girl that he has never gotten over. He’s unsure of himself in tons of aspects, and he has demons he’s battling that slowly leak into his relationship with Lola. I love how he is not perfect. He’s a bit of an eccentric inventor who seems to following in his ancestor’s footsteps (he is related to the one and only Alexander Grahm Bell). If there’s one word to describe Cricket, it is loyal. He has this almost to a fault as he allows he loyalty for others to overshadow his very own needs.

    Talk about Lola being torn. Here’s Max, this hot rocker who loves her. He’s older but wants to win the approval of her parents and even wants to make future plans with her. Then there’s Cricket, the boy she’s always loved. The boy she had her first kiss with when they were just 5 and 6 years old but that she could never forget. And the boy who broke her heart. She has this undeniable attraction to him. And despite how hard she tries to convince herself that there’s nothing there, that they will just be friends, her love for him overshadows it all. And the attention he pays her shows it’s obvious that he, too, has more than just friendship in mind. I love how Perkins writes these contrasting relationships. Where Max is all hard and puffs himself up to claim Lola, Cricket is more relaxed and willing to be laid back and wait. And Lola sticks herself in between trying to figure out who “the one” truly is.

    Perkins even builds the worlds in a way of complete contrast. We see Lola and Max’s shows, in his car or van, with his friends. And while she tells herself she wants to be there, she feels almost out of place in this setting. Like she’s trying to fit in because the alternative, the heartbreak and overwhelming fear of what lies behind it is too much for her to handle. Her time with Cricket, on the other hand, is soft and refreshing. Their interactions as sweet and endearing. and unlike Max, Cricket is willing to give her the moon at the stars (and you'll understand why the stars are important when you read the book!). And of course there is conflict that tears the main characters apart and you truly wonder how they will overcome it. 

    And Perkins knows how to write her insecure characters that learn to come into themselves. It’s great to watch them develop and grow. And I love that we get more Anna and St. Clair in this book. They make the perfect friends for Lola. Especially St. Clair with his no frills attitude and confidence. They are supportive while giving Lola just the push she needs to do what will make her happy. There’s a great deal of support from her best friend, Lindsey, to her parents, and even from her birth mother who has only been a burden to Lola until now. Even the dog, Heavens to Betsy, has a personality that you just want to hug!

    For me, this book was so much better than the first. More substance, more heartache, more development of characters, more of everything. Fans of Kasie West’s The Distance Between Us will want to pick this one and dive right into it. And fans of Anna will not be disappointed with where Perkins takes her characters next!

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    Posted August 24, 2014


    Read this!

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

    This book is honestly so good. I really liked it, just not how t

    This book is honestly so good. I really liked it, just not how the characters acted sometimes.. I REALLY REALLY enjoyed Lola.. She may have been immature, a bit annoying, but she is different. And Cricket who is wonderful, sweet, and patient. Didn’t fight for what he wanted.. He just waited.. I guess that’s good but he should have a bit of a backbone.. This book is both similar and different to ‘Anna and the French Kiss’.. This is more about being true to your self, what you want and who you are.. ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ is about finding yourself, being content, and happy.. I also like how the story ties in with Anna and Etienne. After their France life, and show how they are. It’s just amazing to watch them to happy and their relationship is FINALLY easy. I really felt so bad when they couldn’t be happy. 
     This book isn’t perfect, but it’s really good! I wasn’t completely captivated the way I was with AATFK. I love how the moon and stars tie in, that part is so beautiful. I love that Lola isn’t afraid to be different, and that she doesn’t care what others think. She makes bad choices.. But that’s part of who she is.. She is the type to learn from her OWN mistakes and not lectures. Everything about this novel is beautifully written. Everything just flows so wonderfully well that you don’t ever put the book down.. Until you realize its 5am, and you have work in two hours.. (Like me) Over all, I’m happy Lola is finally being HONEST with herself, and finds happiness in a love that never faded. 

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

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    I really enjoyed this book. Stephanie Perkins was amazing in a f

    I really enjoyed this book. Stephanie Perkins was amazing in a follow up to Anna and the French Kiss. This book was a chance to revisit with old favorites and fall in love all over again. Lola was an amazing character, funny and yet realistically complex. An excellent YA romance read!   

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Audiobook Review: If I hadn¿t already fallen in love with Steph

    Audiobook Review:

    If I hadn’t already fallen in love with Stephanie Perkins’ writing with Anna and the French Kiss, I definitely would have with this one. I absolutely adored Lola and the Boy Next Door! Lola herself was one of my favorite characters… ever! I don’t know what it was about her. Maybe it was her creative fashion sense. Or how she knows how to make the best of every situation. Or just how REAL she felt to me. But if Lola was a person in my life, I would most definitely be friends with her.

    The family dynamic and friendships in this book were wonderful as well. I loved Lola’s relationship with her two dads. They were the cause of quite a bit of my silly smiling/giggling fits. I absolutely adored Cricket and the friendship between he and Lola. Though the name urked me for a bit (I don’t know why… it’s not THAT weird of a name… >.<) I was able to get over it and fall in love with him just like I had with St. Clair in Anna. *sigh*

    While listening to this audio, most people would have characterized me as giddy. I had a permagrin and giggled out loud from time to time. I just adored this book, and having it read to me just made it THAT much better! I had chosen the audiobook route with Anna as well, and knew I would continue on with the series in this fashion. I was extremely happy that the same narrator wasn't used as with Anna. (I was worried I wouldn't relate to Lola if I kept thinking "No, this sounds more like Anna!" thoughtout the entire story. I know, kinda silly... what can I say? ) This is the first book I've listened to narrated by Shannon McManus, and I was an instant fan. She may have been part of the reason why I adored Lola so much. As I often say in audiobook reviews, a great narrator can really improve even the best of stories.

    Since the release date for Isla and the Happily Ever After has been pushed back so many times, I eventually gave in and started Lola. I had original plans to wait and read them both together, but I’m not sure that the August release date that’s set now will actually happen, and I was too eager to get lost in Lola’s story to wait any longer.

    This is one of those books (series, actually) that I can’t recommend enough. I find myself telling friends, fellow bloggers, anyone that will listen, that if they haven’t read the Anna series yet, they’re really missing out. This series is the perfect combination of romance, entertainment, amazing characters, and lighthearted fun. You really can’t go wrong with Stephanie Perkins!

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

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    I loved it! I can't believe I actually waited all this time to

    I loved it!

    I can't believe I actually waited all this time to read Perkins' novels. I just recently finished reading Anna and the French Kiss and I absolutely loved it! I love the characters that Perkins is able to create in her stories. Not only was Anna and the French Kiss and winner for me, but it also made me want to read Lola and the Boy Next Door and I have to say that I wasn't disappointed at all. 

    Lola (the main characters) has a fun and unique personality. Not only does she not care about what people think of her unique style, but she is also a colorful person inside and out. At first, Lola describes how happy she is with her boyfriend, Max. (Who's personality I didn't since the beginning). Not only is he in a band, but he is also old for her. As if age didn't matter, everything in Lola's world is somewhat perfect. Until her neighbors next door move back in, including Cricket Bell. (A charming, yet shy guy that I practically loved since the beginning!)There was something unique and sweet about him that made me stay up all night long, just so that I could read scenes where he was in them. Although their relationship is awkward at first, the story starts to reveal things that happened between them that made them fall apart. As their relationship blossomed, it is evident that this juicy romance was going to become one of my favorites. One of things that I loved about this book was that Anna and St. Clair were also in the story! Overall, the story was beautifully written, from the setting to the characters, Perkins did an amazing job describing the life of a normal teenage girl, who has a unique style and view of the world. I enjoyed the end of the story, it was sweet and just about right. I can't wait to read another creation by Stephanie Perkins, I bet it's going to be just as great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013


    It was great i love crickets behavior

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    Sequins, glitter and colours ¿ that's Dolores' world! And becaus

    Sequins, glitter and colours – that's Dolores' world! And because that name doesn't really keep up with her shiny personality, let's call that girl Lola.
    I was cautious at first, not convinced that I would love this new protagonist Lola as much as good old Anna. She is that colourful and crazy and really talented, really creative girl. I can totally identify with creative, still I was afraid that she would be too sparkly. Once I started reading I gave up my resistance fast. Despite her sparkly appearance, she's got a very decent and down-to-earth, reliable personality.

    Stephanie Perkins presents unique characters, who fill out the entire story.
    Cricket is a complex character himself and although I knew how he felt about certain things it was still so much fun to figure him out every time anew. I loved him, and I wouldn't mind him playing with my mechanisms -does that sound too dirty? He's smart, a nerd, an inventor and has style. Swoon!

    Cricket is such a fantastic protagonist and it was a nice change to actually know about his feelings. He isn't the bad boy or in-transparent mystery, he's simply the nice guy living next door. Exactly that makes him so adorable.

    We've got several issues like drugs, sex and also the gay couple who are Lola's parents.
    I'm pretty open-minded when it comes to such topics, I encourage their thematisation, when dealt within a respectable and serious way.
    Lola's two dads are too funny and I appreciated the way Stephanie Perkins pictured their relationship being very serious, at the same time involving light jokes. I was very amused and delighted by the two Dads!

    The story is mostly about Lola and her discovering her feelings and what she'll make out of her talent.
    I hoped there to be more accentuation on Calliope and Lola’s relationship since she's Cricket's twin sister. But I do like that there is so much interaction between Lola and Cricket.

    And I was so happy to meet Etienne and Anna again, although funny as it sounds I first didn't get that it was the talk of the French kiss Anna when Lola talked about her co-worker Anna. It's awesome to get the chance to read more about them, their lives and their super cute love.
    I can't wait to meet them all again in ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER.


    LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR- Sparkling, shiny and beautiful!

    LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR is like that new outfit you'll never want to take off again. This book just fits perfectly and is so comfortable. There are so many contrasts in LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR and it's delightful to have such a crazy and outgoing, extravagant heroine. Lola rocks!

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