Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Read By: Shannon McManus
Length: 8 hours and 59 minutes
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the 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’m sure it will come as no surprise (I mean, its Stephanie freaking Perkins), but this book is totally adorable. I love the relationships, I love the situations, and I love the story, but what really made me love this was the characters.
- I freaking LOVE Lola. Like, I want to BE her, not just read about her. She’s so fun and so fearless, and I wish that I was more like her. She’s unforgettable, and bold enough to be different without caring what other people think. I completely support her mentality of marching to the beat of her own drum, and I wish more people did that. It’s boring to just fit in all the time, it’s much more fun to stand out!
- Cricket is everything that a guy should be. Don’t get me wrong, I totally get suckered into falling for the bad boys of YA too, but Cricket was just so genuine that it melted my heart. He was adorable with his feelings towards Lola, I appreciated (and totally swooned at) how, even when things weren’t going his way, he still didn’t act angry or rude towards her, his feelings were still his feelings. I did, however, giggle almost every time his name was mentioned. CRICKET?
- The Dads … *swoon* … insert heart eyed emoji right here. They were just so great! While I can see how some people may consider them overbearing, I think it was awesome how present and involved they were in Lola’s life. I think more parents should be like this – hell, ALL parents should be like this. They also had some really great one liners: “You better get in here, Lola is using new words!”
- I’m totally weirded out by Max. To sum up my feelings on him:
Despite his somewhat cute attempts at the beginning of the book to do whatever he needed to do to be with Lola, I just knew that he was a jerk, total gut feeling. I spent most of the time wanting to punch him in the face. PLUS … how he treated Lola’s BEST FRIEND? Ugh. NO. My mantra has always been, never trust a guy that your best friend doesn’t like! Just bad news, all around bad news. So:
- YASSSS to the Anna and St. Clair cameos! Like the rest of the world, I fell hard for Anna and St. Clair in Anna and the French Kiss, so I was really pumped to see them back in this book! I was sad when I realized book #2 in the series wasn’t about them at all, and I was worried that I wouldn’t like book #2 as much because of it, but wrong, so wrong.
I think overall I liked this one a tiny bit less than I liked Anna and the French Kiss because the setting wasn’t as awesome or fun, but still (and obviously) amazing!
How did you think this one compared to Anna and the French Kiss?