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Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door
By Stephanie Perkins
Dutton Books, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

I figured I would be disappointed in this one. It sounded SO DIFFERENT from Anna and the French Kiss, and really, how could anything be as good as that book?


I was happily surprised. I loved this book! I read it in a day! I haven't done that in the longest time. It was great. I loved how you knew how Cricket felt right away. I loved the obstacles. I loved how they overcame them. I loved the ending. I loved how Anna and St. Clair were incorporated into the story. In the last chunk they kind of disappeared, though. It would have been nice to see their reaction to these two getting together. I would have liked to see how much fun her and Cricket and Lindsey had at the dance, too. Oh, well.


This book had everything good in it - it felt like an 80's teen movie (such as Pretty in Pink, or Some Kind of Wonderful.) Sigh. If Anna and St. Clair were Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, then Lola and Cricket were Anne and Wentworth. If Jane Austen were alive today and wrote teen novels, her work would be a lot like this. It also reminded me of Michael and Princess Mia. Seriously. Everything I like, all rolled into one. Who could ask for more?

Also, I appreciated how Lola's two dads were handled. It was very tasteful and not a huge issue or crisis in her life. It just was. And I liked how she mentioned bullying.

And now I think I need to start planning a trip to San Francisco. And Paris.

Way to go, Stephanie Perkins! I can't wait for the third book.