Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from the library; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more
outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is
pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend)
until the 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.
Review: I finally picked up Lola, after reading and loving Anna and the French Kiss last summer. Now I can finally say I’m all set for the release of Isla this month. In case you aren’t aware of this “series”, all the books are companion novels. I would read them in order, but they aren’t direct sequels. However, I was really excited to see Anna in Lola’s story, as the two of them work at the same movie theater. I knew Anna appeared, but I didn’t realize she had as much of a role as she did, so that was definitely exciting, since I loved her actual book.
For Lola’s story, I did feel for her and her feelings towards Cricket. She thinks she’s found a boyfriend she truly loves and being around Cricket doesn’t make anything easier. Regardless, though, it’s easy to see who the better guy is and you almost want to yell at Lola to grow up and open her eyes. In Anna and the French Kiss, the focus on her eventual romance with St. Clair seemed to be stronger than Lola’s and Cricket’s. Granted, Cricket is an important character, but I just wish I had seen more of their interactions, without so many of the obstacles in their way.
Regardless, Lola was a really fun book and I’m definitely excited to read more by Stephanie Perkins. I love that she makes the family and friends in Lola’s life just as important as the romance. Lola has two dads, which is totally not a problem, but her biological mom does play a big role in her life because she’s constantly doing drugs and getting into trouble. This aspect of the book just gives you another layer to Lola’s life, which was exciting! Lola and the Boy Next Door is a romance, but it’s also about growing up and believing in yourself.
Make it a Gift
If you wish to gift Lola and the Boy Next Door, I recommend adding the Lolita Lempicka perfume. It matches the cover well, plus Lolita makes me think of Lola, especially because her boyfriend calls her that sometimes (granted, it’s because she’s younger than him and he’s referencing the novel Lolita). I think this would be a cute gift, and you can get it from Overstock right now for $34.99.