Monday, October 10, 2011

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Book: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Publisher: Dutton
Pages: 338
Source: bought from Chapters
Stars: 5/5
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.

(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! :)



  1. Yay, that you really, really liked it. Def. going to get a copy of this one. :)

  2. I agree, I will read anything and everything Stephanie Perkins decides to write, she creates such fantastic stories with romances that are so swoon worthy but still feel so very real. Love it:)

  3. I'm pure magic!? Well thanks ;) hahahah but anyways, I'm glad to hear another rave review about these books. Anna's in the mail right now and I'm really excited to get her! Great review :)

  4. Stephanie Perkins is the bee's knees! I've met her and the experience was magical. LOL

    Can't wait to read Lola. Perfectly imperfect characters are my favorite.

  5. I loved this too! I totally agree with Lola being a the genuine romance that every girl wants! Such a sweet love story! This is definitely a book that can be read over and over again! Love your review, Mimi! :)

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

  6. I've heard SO many awesome things about this book!!! I totally wasn't going to get it... but I cannot deny myself any longer!

  7. Oh I've heard so great this about this book, but don't pick it yet. Mayve I was wrong, I will add it to my wishlist, it sounds like a nice book. Thanks for the review

  8. Can't wait to read this one! I loved Anna and the French Kiss :)

  9. So Glad you loved this one as much as I did!! And I agree... SHE NEEEEDS TO WRITE FOREVEEEER hahah. I honestly liked Lola even more than Anna!

    And Cricket Bell. Oh my god, I want one! :) Great review!

  10. I loved LOLA! And oh my gosh, Cricket. That boy is a dream come true. After thinking about it for a while, I think I prefer ANNA slightly over LOLA, but oh man, both books are just so good!

  11. I keep hearing how great these books are! I'm generally a speculative fiction reader, but the repeated cries of "Read it! Read it!" from other paranormal readers is making me curious. Will see if my library has it...

  12. I can't wait to read this one! I think i'll be downloading the ebook soon. I loved Anna and the French Kiss. I don't think i've seen anyone disappointed in this one.

  13. I just finished this & I have to agree 100%!! "Anna was pure magic, but Lola was the breathtakingly genuine romance that every girl wants — and just might get." - I think that captures how I feel exactly. :) I really love both of her books, and I cannot wait for the next one. Wonderful review!

    P.S. I love your blog's design! <3

  14. I totally agree, this book is amazing!! Stephanie Perkins really is such a great author. She needs to write MORE! :)

    Love your review for this book!


Thanks so much for leaving your thoughts! I love hearing what you have to say, and I always try to comment on one of your blog posts in return! :)

It's really nice to meet you!