Thursday, December 01, 2011

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 29, 1022
Publisher: Dutton
Source: Gifted (sister!)

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.
Review: Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins’ debut novel became one of all favorite books ever! I was a little worried about this novel since not a lot of sophomore books turn out as good as the first book. I’m mad at myself for even thinking that Lola and the Boy Next Door wouldn’t be as good as ANNA.

I’m going to talk about something that I loved a lot in LOLA: Lola’s two dads are not only really great loving parents but they are actually part of her life! They influence her decisions and she respects them and they have a great relationship. I loved Andy and Nathan. PLUS, they’re gay dads; not a lot of those in YA books!

Lola. What can I say about this girl? She’s really independent and unique and doesn’t wear the same outfit twice; she always looks different. She’s okay with being different and not always fitting in. She’s got Max, her boyfriend and Lindsey, her best friend at her side! I didn’t connect to her right away like I did with Anna and that’s probably because the conflict of liking Cricket but dating Max led her to make so bad decisions. But I loved her for always being her and for realizing the mistakes she made.

Cricket. Oh, guys, I’ve realized I’ve got a thing for smart, sometimes clumsy, romantic, and funny guys who also invent things. AKA Cricket Bell. I.LOVED.THIS.BOY. From the second he came onto the page, I knew I was going to love him. He was such a genuine good guy who realized that he’d hurt Lola and wanted to start over with her. And you know, he happens to live in the same dorm with another hot guy…He’s American with a British accent? Um, Etienne St. Clair anyone? Anna and St. Clair are back in this book and are good friends with Lola. I love that they’re actually in the book and not just mentioned in it!

Now I know all of you are wondering if I liked it better than ANNA and I have to say: I consider Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door to be siblings. Like with any sibling, it is never okay to compare them. Each person is their own self and comparing them is wrong. That's what I think of this. While they are companion novels, ANNA and LOLA are two different novels. They had different plot arcs that yes, had some similar features but ,for instance, Anna didn't dress up like Lola does. Lola didn't got to school in Paris! So now, I don't think LOLA was better than ANNA. I enjoyed both of them at the same level. They are both at the #1 spot on my list of favorite books!

Overall, Stephanie Perkins has written yet another funny, cute, unique, realistic,
romantic book that I read in about 4 hours! I loved her characters and her ability to tell such good stories! I'm a little mad since Isla and the Happily Ever After comes out next year.NEXT YEAR! It's too far away!

Overall: 5/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—It's Lola and Cricket! He's *kinda* smiling down at her!

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