Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next DoorHardcover
338 pages
Published September 29th 2011
by Dutton Books

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.

This Book Contains:  Sex, Drinking, Drugs, Romance and Homosexuality.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book more so than I thought I would.  I think that Stephanie Perkins is extremely talented.  I thought that after reading Anna and the French Kiss that I had read her best book but I am not so sure any more.  Lola and the Boy Next Door may have just beat it.  I am not sure which of her books I like better.  I am so loving contemporary books right now and with this type of quality out there I may have to change my views on theses types of reads.

I am so in love with Cricket!  I think he is one of my most favorite male characters ever.  I so liked him better than Etienne.  Although I liked Anna better than Lola because Lola just seemed to be very ungrateful for the life that her parents had given her.  She seems determined to just be the cliché of a rebellious teens.  I couldn’t stand her boyfriend or the way she felt she need to be with him even though she still loved Cricket.  I also loved her dads they were the epitome of awesome parents even with the rules and the bruncher’s.

This book just made me want to be kissed again and again.  I felt all those feelings that you feel when you first fall in love.  I had goose bumps after reading this book and butterflies in my stomach.  I am so glad that I finally decided to read these books.


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