Friday, 21 October 2011

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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Source: Bought
Publisher: Dutton
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 338 pages

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.
It's official: Stephanie Perkins has made it on to my list of favourite authors. With the ease and grace of her previous novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door spins a spectacular story. DARE I SAY that I actually enjoyed it more than the first book?!

Lola is a delight to read about. Her character is so fun, with her bright and colourful costumes. She was unique and smart, but also had that vulnerable edge that made her seem all the more real to me. Plus, when she comes with her two dads? Total WIN. I loved how protective and caring they were.

Now, this sounds almost blasphemous to say, but... I think I like Cricket Bell more than √Čtienne St. Clair. I KNOW! It was a complete shock to me as well. This boy though - wow. He's brilliant, awkward, kind and thoughtful. He talks with his hands and has good fashion sense. He is TALL. I dare you to not fall for him!

Stephanie Perkins has this way of writing that makes you want to stay in the book for as long as possible. Everything feels real and magical. She completely captures those feelings of first love - the awkward and the glamorous. It's more than just that though. There is realness in the friendships, the conflicts, the parental disputes.

If you haven't read any of Perkins' novels, you are missing out, I'm telling you. Do yourself a favour and pick up Anna and the French Kiss as soon as humanly possible. Meanwhile, I will be daydreaming about Isla and the Happily Ever After.

Cover Comments: Fuuuun! I love the houses in the background and Lola's hair and expression. Her clothes could be a bit more costume-like, but I'm happy they at least made her outfit a little quirky.

5 of my most GLITTERY stars!


  1. I LOVED (like everyone else) Anna! And of course I can't wait to finally pick this one up as well! I waited a while to read Anna, but I won't be able to do the same with this one.

  2. Yay! So excited to see that you loved it! I adored ANNA and so I can't wait for this one.

  3. SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! (That is my knee-jerk reaction whenever I read a gushing review of this book haha). Stephanie is now one of my all time favourite authors too.... ANYTHING she writes, I am going to devour the minute it's released. I LOVED this and OMG CRICKET BELL YOU ARE SO FREAKING ADORABLE <3

    Although I do differ slightly - I love AATFK just a TEENSY bit more and also Etienne. I don't know, that boy just does something special to me. Cricket does too, OF COURSE!

    Awesome review, Sonia! Let's go on ninja stalker on Stephanie's house and steal the Isla manuscript....

  4. I Agree 100% with you on loving Cricket Bell more than St. Clair. I NEVER thought it was possible, but come on, the boy builds little robots and stuff and is super cute and a hot NERD which I freaking heart to death.

    Yep, Stephanie Perkins is one of my favorite authors for sure!

    P.S. *waves like mad* I want in on the ninja stalker break in to steal the Isla manuscript!

    ♥ Trish
    Just a YA Girl

  5. Glad you enjoyed it!! I have to say I'm one of the people who still prefers 'Anna' and I think I do like Etienne more than Cricket, but really it's a tough comparison because 'Lola' was pretty darn fabulous as well. Stephanie Perkins was on auto-buy after 'Anna' anyway, but 'Lola' confirmed to me that I'll pretty much enjoy anything she writes.

  6. Yay I'm going to read this one soon! I loved Anna so I'm am SO going to love this one too! :)

  7. I actually haven't read either of these -- I've heard amazing things about them, though, so I should probably work more on changing that. And I have to say, Cricket is an amazing name. Nice review, and I loved the rating! (;

  8. MORE than St. Clair? I don't think it's possible...but wow, this book must be awesome! :P. I have it to read...I've had it for ages actually...I really need to get round to it :P. So glad you liked it, Sonia! Stephanie Perkins is actually a genius. Great review :).

  9. I am SO in love with Cricket Bell!! How could you not be???
    Lola was definitely one of my favorite reads of the year.

  10. I think I loved Cricket more than Etienne too! I love Etienne, and Anna felt more emotional to me in a way, but Cricket was the guy I'd choose, hands down. (Maybe I just like tall boys haha!)

    Great review, thanks for posting it! I love hearing what other people think :)

    I read Daimon back in the summer and thought it was a great taste/preview of the Covenant series! And I'm excited because my copy of Half-Blood arrived yesterday so I can just dive right in now :)

    Great reviews, I love when people do mini reviews like this once in a while!

    Brenna from Esther's Ever After