I mentioned in my review of Anna and The French Kiss that I got to go to a really great signing with Stephanie Perkins. After I went to the signing, I immediately reread Anna and The French Kiss and Lola and The Boy Next Door. They both were just as amazing to read the second time around. I loved Lola and The Boy Next Door just as much as Anna and The French Kiss. The guys in both, Cricket and Etienne St. Clair were both so amazing as well.
For Lola and The Boy Next Door, the main character, Lola, is a really awesome main character that is spunky and unique. She has a older boyfriend who’s in a band and is also a total jerk. I could not stand her boyfriend (Max) and constantly wondered why she went out with him, in the first place. The book starts when she’s happy with her life and everything’s going great- until Cricket Bell returns. (Before I go on, I just have to say that Cricket Bell was the sweetest guy ever. If only I could meet a guy like him in real life (sigh).) Cricket Bell has a past with Lola, and he was the first guy she ever kissed. She has not seen him in a few years. When he moves back, she starts to question some decisions she’s made and change her mind about certain things.
I LOVED this book! The tension between Lola and Cricket was so realistic and I thought it was so funny how Lola had to keep reminding herself she had a boyfriend. At the same time, Cricket was such a nice, caring person. Another one of the many things I love about this book was that St.Clair and Anna were two of the characters in it. It was so cool to see them from other people’s perspective and see what had happened to them. They both played pretty big roles in helping Lola and Cricket, too.
This book was both funny and really sweet. There were a few parts where I did not really like Lola, but, besides that, the book was super good. The ending was amazing, too. I probably went back to re-read it at least three or four times.I’d definitely recommend this :) It gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.
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.
"I know you aren't perfect. But it's a person's imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”
“Life isn’t about what you get, it’s about what you DO with what you get.”