Lola and the Boy Next Door

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. (Goodreads)

Alright, before I completely explode…let me just say it:

I LOVE THIS BOOK!

It is like a huge box of chocolates (and not in a Forest Gump-y way). It’s like a day at Disneyland (Um, THE happiest place on Earth, come on). It is sweet, funny and completely charming in every single way.  And because I enjoyed it so, so very much I find it hard to explain exactly how or why I loved it.  This is because no one thing in particular drew me in—everything did.  I mean, I was already a fan of Perkins, what with her insistence of making fun of Nicholas Sparks and with her creation of Etienne St. Clair and all (truly the only short guy I have ever found attractive). So yes, I expected to really like Lola.  I even expected to love it.  But it totally exceeded my expectations.

Maybe it’s because Lola is so adorably exasperating with her quirky fashion sense and awful taste in boyfriends (well, one of them at least).  Maybe it’s because she’s still so terribly embarrassed after her next door neighbor kind of but not really blew her off just when things started to get all romantical (this is a real word. I swear).  But man oh man, I love this girl.  I love that she embraces who she is without apology, all without coming off like some angsty emo chick.  She’s a funny, smart, sweet girl who’s never really gotten over her first crush.

And lordy, lordy, lordy, Cricket Bell—there aren’t enough words to describe him.  Instead of being the super-hot aloof guy who really has a big heart hidden under that tough exterior, he’s the total opposite in the most adorable, charming way.  He’s cute, but in a sweet, geeky, awkward way and his heart is out there for Lola to see. There are no pretenses. There are no games.  Holy cow I love that! He clearly still has a thing for Lola and always has, yet in the past family demands have always gotten in the way.  But things are different now. The situation is changing. Cricket is changing too.

And what Cricket and Lola have in each other is so completely engrossing and lovely.  I’d read their story again and again.  I’m a total sucker for childhood sweethearts and for best friends who fall in love. I’m an even bigger sucker for awesomely nerdy guys and for heroines who actually have lives and friends and families outside of their romantic pursuits, and for characters who know what they want out of life.  This book has all of that.

Crush Intensity: 5/5 I’m not sure if I mentioned this already, but wow, I loved this book.  Also, for those of you who may not know, Anna and St. Clair make many appearances in Lola and the Boy Next Door, which is, of course, another added bonus. Read it!

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17 thoughts on “Lola and the Boy Next Door

  1. HOLY COW. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am that this is the first thing I read this morning! I loved Anna so so much and am so so excited, nay, ecstatic to read Lola that I don’t know what to do with myself! I love when best friends fall in love because I think it’s truly one of the best kinds of loves. Or maybe that’s just me… I do have mild obsessions with Best Guy Friends Forever (or BGFFs as I like to call them!). Great review!

    • BGFF! I love that! There really is a certain sweetness to falling in love with your best friend because they truly know you. I think you’ll love this book.

      • i gravitate to those books, as well. they seem to be much more believeable than “love at first sight”. just look at my OTP: Ron & Hermione. le sigh.

  2. Your review makes me even more excited to read this book. And i was already super excited to read it in the first place! 🙂
    Stephanie Perkins is totes one of my new favorite authors.

  3. AAAAAAAAAAAAH! I’m reading Anna at the moment and I’m in LOVE!
    I want to jump inside the pages and live in it so SO badly!
    It had me sold on the Nicholas Sparks reference on page 2, then a few lines down with a Hogwarts reference, and I know EXACTLY what you mean about finding it hard to explain just how or why you love something, when you love it so much.

    I have my copy of Lola waiting at home at the moment I’m actually kind of hesitant to read it… I’m SO looking forward to it, and I’m going to be so sad when it’s over! *cries*

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