Lola and the Boy Next Door
by: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 29, 2011
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.
Ok so I officially will LOVE anything written by Stephanie Perkins. How great is it that Anna and Etienne play a great roll in this love story. It's not often that authors tie in old characters especially great ones into the next book. Yes this is a series of books but this was done so well that I couldn't stop gushing throughout the whole book. Lola is the funky girl who is out there in the way she dresses but is the person who dances to their own beat if you know what I mean, throw in some gay parents and a crazy biological mother, she is the kind of person who doesn't care what other people think. Her older boyfriend Max is the typical bad boy musician so of course they would be dating because they are both different than the norm. In comes Cricket, great fashion sense and great guy overall - also Lola's next door neighbor that she has been in love with forever. What a web we weave. She starts talking and hanging out with Cricket as much as possible, but neglects to tell any of this to her boyfriend though. But she's a good girl because she doesnt' cheat on him, but oh how Cricket and Lola want to be together so bad. You can almost feel it in the wiar and everyone knows it. This was a really great story I don't want to give too much of it away because really this is something you need to read. It was just perfect. If you have ever had a crush on the boy next door, there is hope that he too will have a crush on you. I will most likely read this again, and possibly again just like I did with Anna and the French Kiss. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. Gush Gush Gush, LOVE IT!
Did you read it? What did you think? You have to read it!