Saturday, 17 May 2014

Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door
By Stephanie Perkins
Reviewed by Jamie
Published:September 29th 2011
Publisher: Dutton Books
Pages: 338
ISBN: 0525423281

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. (Goodreads)
I really really enjoyed this book! 

Last year I read Anna and the French Kiss and while I liked the book, I didn't LOVE it. I think it was because I wasn't a huge fan of St. Clair as a love interest. However, I LOVED Cricket as a love interest. To me Cricket is the perfect guy, his character was so sweet and quirky (but no too much so) he was just wonderful! I didn't really love Lola, in fact I think I preferred Anna to Lola, but I did enjoy watching her relationship with Cricket develop.

I don't know why but for some reason I kept picturing Lola's parents as Cam and Mitchell from modern Family! haha I thought they are awesome and I loved how protective they were of Lola. It took me a little while to warm up to Callopie, but for some reason there was something about her even from the very beginning that I liked, yes I know she was horribly mean for most of the book but I could tell it was just a wall she had put up and she was afraid to lose her brother. I absolutely hated Max, what a dirtbag! ha but I feel like that relationship plead out so well for the story and really gave a good contrast between who you really shouldn't be with and who you really should be with. I really looked how Anna and St. Clair were intertwined in the story, it was nice seeing where they ended up and how they were making out.

I just loved the flow of the story, it was one of those books that you couldn't help but smile. I am very much so looking forward to Isla and the Happily Ever After, I hope we get to see more of Cricket! :)

5/5 Albi Cats

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