Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: Sept. 29, 2011
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When I read a book by Stephanie Perkins I expect it to be painfully cute and Lola and the Boy Next Door lived up to that standard. Lola is distraught when the Bell twins move back to town. Calliope and Lola have never gotten along and Lola has a difficult history with Cricket, one she isn’t eager to explore until she sees him again.

Lola is a truly quirky character. She is always in a different costume. She tailors her wardrobe to fit her mood or what she’s going to be doing that day. For example, one day she goes out for a picnic and wears a picnic table cloth dress. Don’t let the outfits fool you though; Lola is an exceedingly normal person who loves her parents, her best friend, and even her crappy rocker boyfriend. She was easy to like.

I liked Cricket as well! He was totally tall, dork, and handsome. Cricket is an inventor who puts his life on hold to help his sister live her figure skating dream. I liked how selfless he was and his steadfast feelings toward Lola, despite the complicated situation they were in.

My one main qualm about Lola and the Boy Next Door was that it was basically the same plot as Anna and the French Kiss except reversed. Yes, the setting and characters are different but they shared many similarities and while the story was compulsively readable it was also easily predictable.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed Lola and the Boy Next Door even though I knew what was going to happen. Lola and Cricket were fun characters to follow and I’m looking forward to reading Isla and the Happily Ever After!

1 comment:

  1. I didn't like Anna and the French Kiss, and I have been thinking about picking up Lola and the Boy Next Door....Lola sounds like a fun character though!

    Thanks for the review.

    Em @