30 Oct 2011

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins 
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.

Was I expecting much? Oh yeah! Did it deliver? Yes! And I'm so glad!

A few month ago I read Anna and the French Kiss. I didn't think I would enjoy it, (boy was I wrong!) but guess what, I loved it! So when I heard about Lola I got excited and hoped it wouldn't disappoint! And I can happily say it didn't! 

It was lovely to open up this book and be welcomed by Perkins writing. I was so happy to be reading her new created story! The authors comical sense of humor was up and running again, which I was glad to hear.

It had been too long (just a bit over two months) since I had read Anna and I was in need of her amazing prose, which I totally got by the way! I was so so glad when Anna and Etienne made their first appearance. I was super glad to see them again; you should of seen my big dopey grin! I had missed them dearly! So if anyone is still yearning to read about this adorable couple, I suggest you pick this book up! 

Lola is an extrardinary character - she's unique, different, original and has a spunky dress sense which I adored! I liked that she wore costumes instead of regular clothes. She made me smile each time she was "dressed to impress" in a new colorful, wild, sparkly creation. Cricket, hmm, what an interesting fella. He marches to a different beat and is so lively and energetic, that his personality springs to life onto the pages. 

I was so wrapped up in the story, that when I went to read on, I was hit by the acknowledgments. I couldn't believe I was finished already! :( 

Conclusion - Even though I loved Anna more, Lola does not disappoint!

Rating 4/5


  1. I've heard the book is very good. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I need to read Anna and the French Kiss first. Great review. Thank you for sharing!


  2. No worries Sam! You must check out Anna very soon! :) I loved it.