Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

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.

    

Rating

Cover Art: Cute, but again, not a fan of the cover.

Review:

Oh, young love. Its rollercoaster of emotions was well portrayed within this novel. So cute, such awesome characters and dynamics. Another hit for Stephanie Perkins.

Lola is strange. Her character, I found, was hard to relate to in the beginning, but she was interesting to read and toward the end you cared about her story. Her style, attitude, and overall personality were great and unique. Her family is double the awesome. Her dads held strong and true to their character and role in the story throughout the entire book. Loved them! Cricket – typical boy-next-door, nice, smart, loved-by-parents type of guy. Max – well I don’t have much to say about him, except I could predict his personality to the tee. I loved the character development Perkins pulls off, even with the “minor” characters.

Yes, it’s a romance novel. But there are other topics of interest that are brought up in the characters’ lives as well, such as various family issues. The romance in it was a touch unbelievable at times. Yes, this boy next door didn’t make a move and left without saying anything. Yes, your first boyfriend turned out to be a douche after only a few months. Yes, the boy next door is back again and STILL pining for you. Convenient? A little. But ultimately, the story was cute, well written, touches the audience, and leaves you in a grinning-feel-good sort of mood.

I almost wanted to dock this one star because I didn’t enjoy it as much as Anna and the French Kiss but THEY were in this book! *sigh* Missed them and their cuteness!

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