Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Review of: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Release date: September 29th, 2011
Pages: 384
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Received for review: Electronic copy for Nook (checked out from library)
Overall Grade: A+

Lola Nolan has always been sort of out there. Her outfits are outrageous and she loves it. She can’t stand wearing plain old clothes. She just recently turned 17 and is loving life. Summer vacation is almost over and she’s making the best of it with her hot rocker boyfriend, Max, who is 22 and who her fathers definitely don’t approve of. She has a great best friend and her life is going pretty well. That is until the Bell twins appear out of nowhere, Cricket and Calliope. They are moving back in to the house next door yet again and all of a sudden Lola is having a tough time. She has some history with Cricket (some of it not very good history) and she’s freaking out now that he’s back. Lola is suddenly overwhelmed by feelings for Cricket which she desperately wants to push away because she loves Max, and of course because of the past. But is that really what she needs to be doing?
This was a companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss and I was totally shocked to see an appearance of Anna and Etienne! It was a surprise and their characters fit in to the book pretty well too. I fell in love with this book just like I did with Anna and the French Kiss. I loved Lola’s personality and her fathers cracked me up. I really liked the way Stephanie put the whole story together with all the different characters, and I really liked Cricket. I could totally understand why Lola would fall for the cute and lanky inventor boy next door. Everything about this book was so great and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great contemporary novel.