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Friday, October 14, 2011

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Released: September 29, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Children's
Rated: YA
Series: Companion Novel to Anna and the French Kiss
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In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.
For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous 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 move back into the house next door.
When the family returns and Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—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.

What I thought

Wow. Absolutely amazing. Phenomenal. And now for the complete sentences. I was hooked from the start. I have to admit, I wasn't sure if this could be as good as Anna and the French Kiss, but it blew me out of the water. Lola was the most amazing character I have come across. She lives her life in costume, wearing wigs, clothes she makes, she's anything but conventional. And it makes the story. She marches to the beat of her own drum. And I applaud Stephanie Perkins for creating such a fantastic character.

I would also like to applaud Stephanie Perkins for is the parents. Lola has two dads. And neither of them are flamboyant or girly. She created such a strong, supportive family for Lola. I really loved the scenes with her fathers. Even more, I loved Lola's love of her fathers. Very charming and heartwarming. Really.

I'm going to admit, and it's probably the same consensus through most other readers, I didn't care for her hot rocker boyfriend. I didn't like the way he spoke about Lola's dads, the way he felt like he had to suffer them to be with Lola. Not a well respected guy in my book. Plus, I'm a sucker for the underdog. And Cricket had my full support. Plus, Cricket was all about Lola from the start. He wanted to know how she was, was concerned for her and would do anything for her. He was perfect.

Another thing I loved? Anna and St. Clair were in this book. A lot! I loved to see them after the whole 'I like you but don't know how you feel about me' part of Anna and the French Kiss. Not that I didn't love the first. I did, but I was so glad to see them after, see how devoted they are to each other and to get that glimpse of them so happy together. Stephanie Perkins, I'm very grateful to get a chance to see more of Anna and St. Clair!

This is a must read. This author is a must read. Stephanie Perkins has a talent for writing fantastic young adult romance and I hope to see many more from her. This is definitely going on my 'must reread' list along with the first book.

My Rating

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