Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: September 29, 2011
Source: Borrowed from Michelle at Hooked to Books
About the Book: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 Thoughts: I NEED MORE STEPHANIE PERKINS BOOKS! Seriously. If you've read my review of Anna and the French Kiss you know that to say I liked it is a gross understatement. I adore that book. Like... every time I think about it I smile and get giddy. Basically I'm crushin' on it. Needless to say I had high hopes for Lola and the Boy Next Door. It exceeded them. I borrowed it from a friend and considered letting the friendship go just so I could keep the book and read it over and over! (For the record, Michelle did let me keep it longer but I sent it back to be loved by others! Also, Michelle is awesome.)
Yet again Stephanie Perkins has crafted a story that will have you sighing in contentment at the end. The story is sweet but not too cheesy. The characters and events are authentic and unique. It's not all perfect life/instalove-y. I want to hang out with these people. Heck, I want to be Lola! I love the relationships, the banter, the clothes! I could go on and on and on and on. If this book were a boy I'd totally be that harmless somewhat obsessive stalker like girl! I have so much love! Honestly one of the best books I've read this year.
Bottom Line: Do. Not. Miss. This. Book. You will be missing out on so much awesome. If you've not read Anna and the French Kiss you're doing yourself a disservice. Go read it. Now. I mean it. Go!
Random Things I Loved:
*The names Lola and Cricket
*The people on the cover
*Lola's three wishes
*Bakelite bracelets!!!! Love those things!
*"Heavens to Betsy"
*Lola = the Kinks song (if you've never heard it go here and remedy that immediately!)
*Max = Where the Wild Things Are
*Anna & Etienne's appearances.
* There were so many I stopped taking notes!