Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins Review

lolaandtheboynextdoorLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins 
Publisher: Dutton
Pub. Date: September 29th 2011
Pages: 338
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought 

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 loooved Anna and the French Kiss and when I heard about this one I got really excited to read it! There's just something about Stephanie Perkins' writing that is just awesome! This one was slightly different from Anna is a few ways. Where I felt Anna struggling with her change of location, Lola was struggling with who she was as a person. I do have to say this.. I loved St. Clair more than I loved Cricket. Cricket was just too perfect for me. I loved that St. Clair had so many flaws and appeared so real. I also love how much is going on in the book! I mean she has her two gay parents to worry about (which they are unbelievably awesome!) and then her alcoholic and nonexistent relationship with her mother, her deteriorating relationship with her best friend and a jack a** of a boyfriend that no one, and believe me, no one really cared about. I love how Anna and St. Claire show up a lot during the novel because they are just tooo awesome! It’s crazy because I love how much she dresses up. All these different looks and she doesn’t care what people think (well sort of) but she still manages to go out and dress the way she dresses. It inspires me! I honestly wish I had that confidence but I don’t. Cricket dresses with his pinstripe pants and his flannel shirts. Lola doesn’t seem to notice what he’s wearing necessarily but the confidence. That in itself is amazing! She’s so unique and that’s def the thing I love most about her character. Lola is greatly written and was def a good follow up after Anna and the French Kiss. Can't wait to read more of Perkins' writing! I give this one 4 out of 5 paws.

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As always,
That Chick That Reads

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