Review: Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: September 29 2011
Publisher: Dutton
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.

My Thoughts:
Stephanie Perkins does it again. She is such an amazing author, who has this incredible way of making you fall in love all over again. I am such a huge fan of Stephanie's and I am so thrilled to have been able to read her work.

Lola and The Boy Next Door is such a heartwarming coming of age story. Inspirational and loving, this is the kind of story that little girl's dream of.

I adore Cricket. He is sweet and sensitive and he cares for Lola so immensely that it will break your heart. Lola is such a carefree and spirited girl, but her heart breaks just like everyone else. The trials and tribulations that Lola goes through to figure out who she is and what she really wants made for a great read.

This was such a great story. I loved how Stephanie incorporated Anna and St Clair from Anna and The French Kiss. It was nice to have some old character's brought back.
I loved this book. I loved Anna and The French Kiss and Lola and The Boy Next Door lived up to all of my expectations. This was such a great read!

If you have not yet read any of Stephanie's work I highly suggest you go out and do so. You are missing out on some great love stories.

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  1. Lola does, at first, have a boyfriend that is 22-years-old to her 17 which at first sound kind of squicky. But it¿s handled in such a way - lack of approval, realistic relationship difficulty, etc - that it loses the ¿really?!¿ factor. And there¿s Cricket who you have to love, really. He¿s now officially my book boyfriend. Not that I¿d steal him away from Lola. Lola is a girl I want to be real because I would absolutely be her friend (or want to be, at least!). Her room is the cooler version of mine, she has, seemingly, the best fashion sense...And the most swoon-worthy neighbor. Lola is this splendid romance with a great family dynamic that brings back characters from Anna and the French Kiss but underneath it all it's about figuring out who you really are (not who it might be cool to be or everyone expects you to be) and accepting that. Being happy with it, actually. Being happy with yourself.