Saturday 1 October 2011

Review: Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stehanie Perkins

Title: Lola and The Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton Books
Pages: 384
Format: Kindle

For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous, 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 move back into the house next door.

When the family returns and Cricket - a gifted inventor and engineer - 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.

Brilliant! This is a companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss and you know how obsessed I am with that book! For anybody who has ever felt different, this is the book for you.

Lola is such a fun character. She wears colorful wigs, and a new costume every single day. I'm not a fashion freak by any means, but I couldn't stop wishing that I was an artist or designer and could draw/create these costumes in the flesh. They are fabulous!

I really really like how author Stephanie Perkins makes her love interests  friends first. Not just friends, but best friends.  I think it shows that's how it's suppose to be!  I love Cricket, the boy next door. Even his name is different!  He is that nerdy, smart boy with his own style.  What's not to love?!  He is shy in all the right ways and confident in who he is. That makes him very loveable.

Lola is from such a different background and her personality is so different.  She is just different. I love that about her.  She isn't afraid of being who she is, especially in high school when everyone is trying to fit in.  She was born to stand out!

Lola and the Boy Next Door is full of style, honesty, and first loves.  I'm all about it! It is a beautiful book.  And yes, Anna and St Clair make a few appearances too!!

"What just happened?"
"Your father invited the former love of your life in for pie."
"Yeah, that's what I thought."

"Sometimes a mistake isn't a what. It's a who."

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