- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (Sept. 29 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525423281
- ISBN-13: 978-0525423287
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lola and the Boy Next Door Hardcover – Sep 29 2011
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"Step back--it's going to fly off the shelves."--School Library Journal
"A delectable companion to [Perkins's] debut hit, Anna and the French Kiss."--Kirkus Reviews
"Snappy dialogue...a lively romance."--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Stephanie Perkins (www.stephanieperkins.com) lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband.See all Product description
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Enchanting? Not quite. Captivating? Almost...
Now, that's better.
Reasons to Read "Lola":
1.A perfect escape:No, this isn't a literary classic by Jane Austen. But sometimes you just need a break from heavier, darker, angsty novels. Do I love those ones too? Absolutely. But once in a while I just want a book that makes me smile and giggle to myself and miss my boyfriend even more.
2.This is what love is about:I don't know if you know this yet, but Stephanie Perkins writes incredible YA romances. Seriously, they're perfect. How many authors can express this sense of sweet nostalgia for those ideal crushes? But Stephanie nails it every single time.
3.Cricket Bell:I shouldn't even need to explain this one, but I will for those of you who haven't had the opportunity to be introduced to him yet. Tall, kinda nerdy, hot, and an absolute sweetheart. He isn't your typical love interest from YA. He gets embarrassed, he says awkward things, and sometimes he just doesn't make his move (for whatever reason).
Lola isn't Anna. They're similar books, but their voices and personalities are drastically different. Just like Etienne and Cricket are two different boys, both desirable in their own ways. And I actually really liked that, because I'll confess that I was a bit worried that Lola would just be another Anna with a few changed details. But I'm so grateful that it wasn't, yet it didn't lose any of Anna's charm.
So do yourself a favour, and pick up Lola today and just fall in love a little bit. ;)
Cricket was basically perfect, but better yet, he didn't know it- so he wasn't all (like some YA male characters), " I know I am perfect and, yes, I also know that I am the shizzzz", nor was he condescending, unrealistic or unapproachable in the slightest. He was just sweet and charming and generous and cute and smart AND basically a million other things, but I will spare you from me listing them all. I think that all boys should be forced to read this book because they could learn a thing or two from Cricket (I am only slightly kidding).
As for Lola? Well, in all actuality had this been another book (written by another author, with a different male lead), I probably would have been annoyed by her behavior (especially her selfishness) but I wasn't whatsoever because Stephanie made everything all sparkly and loveable. Furthermore, the secondary characters of this book were fantabulous, each was so unique and well developed (even Norah and Max).
All in all, as I am sure it has become evident, I cannot say enough good things about this book. If you have yet to pick up one of Stephanie's books, you are truly missing out (and when you FINALLY decide to, I am sure that you will kick yourself for taking so long to do so).
Lola and the Boy Next Door is such an amazing book! It's beautiful and heartwarming and awkward and realistic and everything that a first love should be. Like with Anna and the French Kiss, the writing is detailed yet never boring, and it evokes so much emotion that there should be a warning for tears.
Not only does this book have a flawless writing style, a breathtaking plot, and tons of swoon-worthy scenes, but the characters are perfectly imperfect. I absolutely adored Lola with all of her costume quirks, and I love love LOVED Cricket! (And if a girl who has a phobia of bugs can say that sentence, then you should know he must be a damn amazing guy.)
Anna and the French Kiss was pure magic, but Lola and the Boy Next Door was the breathtakingly genuine romance that every girl wants -- and just might get. I could recommend these books a million times and it still wouldn't be enough, so just know that Lola and the Boy Next Door is a book you HAVE to read!
BUY or BORROW?: Buy it for sure! I'm usually more of a paranormal fan, but Perkins always writes books that are so realistic and easy to connect with that I just want to sit there and re-read them over and over again! :)
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