Sunday, May 6, 2012

Book Review-Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door  by Stephanie Perkins

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.

What I thought about it-


Our protagonist in this story is Lola Nolan. She is cute, spunky, and very, very creative. She believes in wearing themed costumes instead of outfits. She lives in the city of San Fransisco, and has a fairly good life.

Our love interest is Cricket Bell. He is the sweetest boy next door you could ever think of. Even in Anna and the French Kiss  Etienne was kind of goofy and would tease the characters in the book. Cricket is completely different from Etienne. Which I liked. 

So we have a cute and unique protagonist and a sweet love interest. What's keeping them apart? Well first off there is Max. Lola's boyfriend. Max is the bad boy. He is the complete and total opposite of Cricket. Which gives the story nice contrast. 

Second, Lola doesn't exactly care for Cricket that much. Having a past bad relationship with him, she doesn't want to love or care for him. But she simply cannot help but feel something for him. And that is basically where the story takes off. 

My opinion- 

Well, sadly I didn't care for this story as much as Anna and the French Kiss. Which I sort of expected. I loved Anna so much, and related to the characters so much, I figured it would be impossible for me to have that same reading experience with Lola.  

The book itself was good, I really enjoyed reading about Lola. She was defiantly a fun character. Though I didn't really care for the way she dealt with her relationships... I felt like she was more selfish, then I cared for. But that gave way to more character development, which I always appreciate. 

And Cricket. I loved Cricket. It's impossible not too! But I felt like there wasn't enough of him. Even in Anna and the French Kiss, I felt like Etienne was always there, and you really got to know him. Whereas in Lola, I felt like you knew more of Cricket. But that aside, I really loved Cricket.  

Overall, I really did like this book, it just wasn't at that same level with Anna. I will read Stephanie's new book Isla and the Happily Ever After when it comes out. 


Miss Book Reader