Welcome to our new fantastically fun feature, Casting Call, hosted along with my good friends at Gone Pecan, The Book Addict’s Guide, The Grown Up YA and Teen Lit Rocks. Each week we’ll be dream casting some of our favorite books and blogging about it. And we’d love for you to join us!
This week we are doing a book that everyone on the planet loves (OK, everyone on the planet who’s read it), Lola and The Boy Next Door. Oh, you guys, I love this book. I love it even more than Anna and The French Kiss. What? I know. There is just something about Lola. And Cricket (you’ll get past the name, I swear) and her dads. And everything Stephanie Perkins writes. She writes contemporary stories that are so funny, so witty, so completely engrossing and charming that I’m sad when they come to an end. And that’s what we have with Lola and The Boy Next Door.
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)
Obviously we first need to discuss this cover because it completely influenced my mental images of Lola and Cricket. I mean, come on, these are some pretty people. But in the end, I have no idea who they are, so I went with my own picks.
OK so obviously, my picks are a little older, but there is something in these faces that embody what I envisioned when I read this book. For Lola, I pictured someone like Emmy Rossum, who was pretty and had those beautiful, large, innocent eyes. I don’t know why, but it’s just how I saw her. And I think Emmy Rossum has this quality about her where one moment she can look adorable and sweet and the next she can look grown up and vixenish (not that Lola is vixenish, but she is quite the chameleon).
I know, so don’t hate me here. I completely see someone like Robert Pattinson as Cricket. Only not the guy in this picture. Not the guy in Twilight or even the guy who plays Cedric Diggory. I’m talking about that really, really awkward guy in all those early Twilight interviews. The one who made you cringe because he was so adorably dorky. Have you seen any of those? Wow, right. Still makes me feel embarrassed for him. I tried to find a picture that would convey that feeling, but this guy somehow manages to look hot in every photo he takes. It’s a travesty (and so is searching through all of those beautifully perfect photos. Tough work, I’m telling you). And I think Cricket is really cute too, but in an adorably sweet, somewhat dorky kind of way. Plus smart= hot. Also, I think Cricket has no idea how cute he really is and that is sort of endearing.
So, who would you pick? Be sure to tell us or link up your own post at Teen Lit Rocks. Also, stop by and see picks from our other blogging friends: