Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Source: bought from Chapters
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.MY THOUGHTS:
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.
(summary taken from Goodreads)
Stephanie Perkins, please don't ever stop writing! Anna and the French Kiss was undoubtedly one of my favourite contemporary reads of the year, and let me just say that Lola and the Boy Next Door just proves once again how GENIUS this author can be.
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, 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 was pure magic, but Lola 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! :)