Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door
by Stephanie Perkins

Pages: 338
Release Date: September 29th 2011
Publisher: Dutton
Other Books: Anna and the French Kiss & Isla and the Happily Ever After
Source: Won in a Giveaway
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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.

My Thoughts
Ohhhh LOLA! Where can I begin with this ah-mazing book. Because it was, you know, amazing. I really much enjoyed reading it. After reading Anna and the French Kiss and just being completely 'WOWed' by it, I was so so eager to read the companion novel. And am I so glad I did.

Lola is not your average teenage girl. Her way of life is completely different especially when you count in her dress sense. Lola adores dressing up like any other girl out there but she takes it to great heights dressing up in different costumes every day. For Lola, her life couldn't get any better. She has a great life and her 'amazing' boyfriend Max. But it was until Cricket and Calliope showed up.

Perkins totally rocks my world. I lurrrrveeee her writing. At first I loved Lola and Max as a couple, they seemed pretty cute and I gotta say I did kinda like Max then. I say then as I don't like him now. One word. JERK. But then it all makes up whenever Cricket is in the picture. He just so sweet!! Seriously, how sweet and cute and adorable and amazing can he get! I was a bit peckish at first as he seemed just too nice and so it was just that tad weird. But no no that's just nothing to worry about!

As much as I enjoyed Lola, I have got to say that it wasn't as good as Anna. I loved Lola though, I loved it so much that I'm sure I'll read it over and over and over again just as I did with Anna. Oh and boy did I love it when St Clair and Anna came in. Cute moments!

If only we could pester Perkins and get Isla and the Happily Ever After released quicker. I'll probably die waiting!


  1. Ahhh, I love this book so much! I just want to cuddle Anna and Lola (the books) they're just so good! And Cricket! *swoons* Great review :)

  2. I can't wait to read this book! I just read Anna and loved it!

  3. I need to read this!!! Great review :)

  4. I haven't got my hands on this yet - I'm trying to wait until xmas so I can get it for myself as a present! Haha!

    This review just makes me all the more excited!

  5. I loved this book so, so much. But I agree - as much as I loved Lola nothing can beat Anna. Great review.

  6. Great review! And you're one of the few who thinks Anna was better, but we suspect that we are going to agree with you. Furthermore, does it really matter? It's like saying mint chocolate chip ice cream is so much better than a banana split. They're both still awesome!

  7. I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door. It was one of my top reads for the year. I'm glad you loved it too!

  8. This novel is absolutely great. It very quickly manages to suck readers into Anna's world and become immersed in her life in Paris. Though she may be reluctant to be attending a boarding school in Paris, at first, she, along with the readers quickly fall in love with Paris and her new life. Enter St. Clair. The typical boy that every girl deems swoon worthy. On top of his looks, though, he is just genuinely nice. Anna is quickly drawn to him as he is to her.

  9. I loved this book, and ANNA! And I agree with you, I kinda liked Max at the beginning too and was just waiting for the shoe to drop to make me hate him... and it did. Her dads were some of my favorites. :)


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