Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins!

Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins!

Author: Stephanie Perkins
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Publisher: Dutton  
Release Date: September 29, 2011 
Format: Hardcover: 338 pages  
My Rating: 5/5  
Summary: (Taken from Goodreads) 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.
My Review:

Excuse me while I fan-girl…
Okay. I’m finished. Not really, but I can’t stop smiling! Lola and the Boy Next Door had even more hype leading up to its release than Anna and the French Kiss. I didn’t think Lola could live up to Anna, but I was so excited when I got this book in the mail today that I ripped—really, I almost got a paper cut in my rush to open it—right into it. I finished this book in just one sitting.
First things first, I saw that it was signed to me, because my mother is amazing sometimes and ordered me a signed copy from Asheville, North Carolina, from the Lola book release party that I couldn’t go to because of family problems. Fan-girl moment again, sorry—but second to that—I jumped right into Lola’s world, and I fell in love.
In a way, Lola had me missing Anna. Anna was such a funny, quiet character, and I loved her for it, while Lola was out there and in your face from the first page. But I grew to have a certain fondness of Lola that I only had a few times with Anna and that sealed the deal on this book for me.
Lola is that one girl you see from time-to-time, who is dressed so ridiculously that you can’t help but to smile. Lola was out-going, brave, daring, and even a bit too much, if there is ever such a thing. But after a few pages, I loved her and wished she was my new best friend, and clothing designer.
Stephanie Perkins is amazing. She has blown me away and has left me dying for more; just like when I finished Anna and the France Kiss, I have a longing to be in the world her characters live in, and don’t even get me started on Cricket Bell!
Cricket was, to put it simply, amazing. He was gorgeous, sweet (God—he was so darn sweet!) gorgeous, caring, gorgeous, smart… did I say gorgeous? Stop it, Angel—you’re embarrassing yourself!
Cricket was the perfect male lead for our crazy-design-loving Lola. Throughout the book, Stephanie Perkins let us see how deeply he cares for Lola, and how Lola’s feelings of hurt, embarrassment, abandonment, and anger of the past, slowly start to evolve  into the love she once had for him—the boy next door who only lives there sometimes.
I know it’s hard to believe, but Cricket has actually taken my heart. Sorry, Etienne St. Clair! I didn’t think it was possible to love a character as much as I did Cricket, and if you want to make things better—St. Clair and Cricket. Together, in the same scene—talking! Interacting! I know! Anna and St. Clair make a few brief cameos in Lola’s story, and I have to say that I loved every minute of it.
Have in mind that this book is heavier than Anna. Emotionally speaking, I was way more invested than while I was reading Anna. I felt the characters had more depth, the issues were bigger—the world was seen through clear, bright eyes the whole time I was reading and I really connected with them. I actually loved every single character—even Lola’s bad boy rocker boyfriend, Max—at least, I did until halfway through the book. You’ll just have to read it and find out why!
But—oh, no—did I just ‘but’ in this review? Did I just put a ‘but’ in here?!—I wish we could have seen more of Calliope, Cricket’s twin sister. I loved her character even though she came across as snobby and indifferent most of the time when it came to Lola, I understood her. I have a brother who I am very protective over as well, so I know what it’s like when you don’t want your brother to get hurt. I can only hope we see more of her in the near future.
All I can say is that this book is simply amazing. Is it better than Anna? Some say yes, some say no, but I am one of those who say ‘yes’ a million times. From Lola’s crazy outfits, to Crickets blue eyes, to her best friend Lindsey and her love for CSI and Nancy Drew I fell in love. It depends on what you like, but something tells me Lola is not a girl you will be forgetting about anytime soon.
Okay. Just for fun, I want to share with you guys who I find to be the PERFECT Cricket--he's so Cricket that it's scary! It's almost as if Stephanie Perkins has based Cricket off of this guy. If she didn't, well, it's just too weird! At least, to me it is. Who am I talking about? Good question--I'll tell you!

Ryan Ogren
Ryan Ogren from the band Runner Runner is my Cricket. This isn't a very good picture of him for being very Cricket-like, but there are a few of him that I can't find--like him in his wedding tux where he looks JUST LIKE what I picture Cricket as looking like, what with his pants being on the short side and just showing his socks and pointed shoes.
Ryan usually wears a lot of bracelets on his wrists, but in this picture, you can only see a few.
He also wears skinny jeans and T-shirts, as seen above. And, his hair is always pretty tall! If he were younger, he would make the perfect Cricket for a movie! :) <3
But, if you didn't know about the band Runner Runner, now you do! :) Look them up--they're so amazing live, and such nice guys! Ryan is one of the sweetest band guys I have ever met. And John. Mm. John... sorry! I get carried away!
Anyway, if you've already read the book, who is YOUR Cricket? Share it with me here! If you haven't read the book yet, come back and tell me when you've finished it! Or Tweet me: @Angel909Reviews on Twitter. You know what? Tell me your whole Lola cast! That will be fun! :)
So there you go, folks! Hope you liked the review, picture of my Cricket, and all of my nonsense. If you've reviewed this book, leave your review link! I would love to know what you think! :)


  1. Teehee. I loved your review I can't wait to meet these characters. I'm loving your pick for Cricket as well - not that I know the character but that picture is hot!!

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