Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Related Books: Anna and the French Kiss
Links: Amazon | 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.
Lola is such a unique and expressive protagonist. She's cute and quirky and fun. She's fashion obsessed and creates flashy/shiny/outrageous
San Francisco is the perfect setting for Lola. It's just as unique and interesting as the characters are. It creates the perfect atmosphere for Lola and her story. The pacing is perfect. Every scene does its job - creating mood, developing characters and moving the plot forward while infusing smiles and laughter and tears. The relationship between Lola and Cricket is honest and real. It's easy to imagine them growing up together and to see those old feelings taking over again. Stephanie Perkins is an awesome writer, and there are about eleventy billion quotes in this book that I want to write down and keep with me forever, either because they're meaningful or because they're hilarious and could probably cheer me up no matter what sort of a mood I'm in.
If you haven't read Anna and the French Kiss, then you need to do it (and probably before reading Lola because you'd get more out of Lola that way). And if you've read Anna and loved it, but have yet to read Lola and the Boy Next Door, then WTF are you waiting for? Go read it. Now. You will love it just as much, if not more. I highly recommend this book. I'm extremely impatiently awaiting the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After because I just can't get enough of Stephanie Perkins and her characters.