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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

April 26th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Source: Purchased myself

Publication date: September 29, 2011

Publisher: Dutton Books

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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.

When Anna and the French Kiss came out everyone I knew raved about how awesome it was and while I enjoyed it, it didn’t rate as one of my favorite reads of the year.  So when Lola and the Boy Next Door came out I was curious to read it but did not rush out to get it right away. In fact, it wasn’t until Stephanie Perkins came out for a book signing (and she is fabulous to listen to if you ever have the chance to meet her!) that I read the book.  I finished it in one day and though others said it didn’t live up to Anna and the French Kiss I thought it surpassed it.

Despite not being a fan of his name I am in love with Cricket.  For those girls who fall for the nice guy who has that slightly geeky side to him you will love him too.  He is such a sweetheart and reminds me of one of those rambunctious puppies who is always happy and bouncing all over the place.  He is so in love with Lola that it is painful watching her go out with her new boyfriend, Max, while Cricket pines over her.

Lola is a quirky character that while some may view her as an odd duck for the most part she is comfortable enough in her skin no to care what others think.  My only wish was that we had seen her design career progress a little more throughout the story.  She does get one moment where one of her designs are in the spotlight but after that there is little mention about how this might help launch her design career. I felt like so much focus is put on Lola’s love of design and dreams of becoming a designer this moment in the spotlight would have been highlighted more so.

Besides Cricket my other favorite characters were Lola’s dads.  They cracked me up!  I loved both dads especially because they aren’t portrayed as a stereotypical same sex couple.  It was hard to say which one I loved more but they both added some great moments to the story.

For fans of Anna and the French Kiss don’t worry, you will still see Anna and St. Clair but really Cricket steals the show.

The story itself was cute and I can see how many people would relate to both Lola and Cricket as they struggle through those awkward teen years and romantic misunderstandings.  The geeky side of me even enjoyed watching Cricket having to deal with the revelation that his ancestor, Graham Bell, wasn’t really the original inventor of the phone.  That is one of those little historical tidbits that I found fascinating when I learned about it in school.  In the end when Cricket gives Lola the gift he made for her I sighed out loud wishing I could have my own real life Cricket.

I know in most paranormal books I tend to lean towards the bad boy but I have to admit the good ol’ slightly geeky guy catches my heart often times.  Some of my favorite “geeks” have been:

Daniel Jackson

Daniel from Stargate

Wesley Crusher

Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation

Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter!!

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. April Books & Wine

    YES! I thought it was so painful to watch Lola insist on dating Max who is a total loser when Cricket is in love with her.

    I, too, am a fan of geeky guys and tend to go for the beta when reading books as opposed to the bad boy. :-)

  2. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    I haven’t read the book but I have to say that I too, do love geeky guys, though I like them on a bit more of a constant basis than you do, I think. :O)

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