Mini-Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Monday September 15, 2014 at 10:25 am |

lolaandtheboynextdoor-spPublisher: Dutton Books
Published: September 29, 2011
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 338
Form: Hardback
Series: Beloved Series (2)
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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

The following are my thoughts as they came to me while reading and I jotted them down.  I’ve read so many books since that I really can’t remember to write anything more down.

  • I love that Lola has two loving and present parents in her life, that actually care and are involved when it comes to raising her and looking out for her well-being.
  • I love that her parents are two gay men as it shows that families come in all different forms and there is no exact ‘norm’ for family.
  • I think it unfair of Lola to be upset with Cricket because he’ s uncomfortable with her and Max.
  • Lola can work a nerve.
  • Max = Eeeuwww
  • Love Cricket and his genuineness.  His sincerity is endearing and becoming.
  • Lola strikes me as immature and whiny.
  • Painting your man’s nails (or the man you’re interested in), is NOT SEXY!  Neither is glimpsing the chipped remnants of said polish days later.  Chipped nail polish isn’t even cute on girls.  I don’t even want to imagine the guy I’m interested in with nail polish on, chipped or otherwise.
  • I love Cricket’s unassuming nature and his love, dedication, and support to his family and friends.
  • In the words of Wendy Williams, “I love their love”, and I’m always a sucker for a friends to lovers story.

PS: I adored the fact that Anna and Etienne were characters and present in this novel.  It was good to catch up with them and see how their relationship has developed.

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