Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #2
Published by Dutton Juvenile
Pub Date: September 29th 2011
Pages: 338
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think

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.

Anna and the French Kiss was without a doubt one of my favorite books last year. With its incredible setting, characters, and realistic romance, it was hard not to put it at the top. Well, Lola and the Boy Next Door had all of those same amazing qualities.

It’s safe to say there’s not one thing I disliked about this book. I ADORED everything!! All the complicated relationships between the characters were very realistic, as were the emotions that came with them. It was refreshing to see Lola have such loving, supportive parents who cared enough about her to set boundaries. And I liked that Lola respected her dads enough to obey them most of the time. :) Lola is a good kid. She’s also unique, fun, and caring. I felt her relationship with Max, who was older than her by five years, was also very realistic and painful to read. I wanted her to dump him! He was such a jerk. Ugh!

But then we had Cricket. [Insert HUGE smile here.] He’s SO going in my favorite YA guys list! He’s earned a permanent spot there, right above Etienne St. Clair. That’s right! Above! I can’t even come up with the right words to describe him. Well, actually, here’s one: INDESCRIBABLE. He was just so genuine and sweet that you can’t help but love him. And he was so nice! But not wimpy, which is sometimes hard to do when someone is that nice and sweet.

Anna and Etienne are in this book. SQUEEE! :D I knew they would be, but I was not expecting them to be in this book as much as they were! They are very involved with our main characters.

You know how in Anna, St. Clair was the one in the relationship but we really never got to see what it was like for him and what he was struggling with? Well, Lola is kind of in his situation, and we get to read what it’s like for the person in that predicament. It’s not always easy to make the right decisions for ourselves. We don’t want to be wrong or hurt people we care about. Lola does the best she can do, and I loved her for that.

This book’s rating cannot be measured in a mere number of stars…because like our boy Cricket, it’s entire galaxies (thank Stephanie Perkins for that little gem). Page after page, it mesmerized me. So, prepare yourself, you’re going to love it…its amazingness leaves no room for doubt in this matter.

Now for the giveaway…

(Oh! And I would really appreciate it if you guys would tweet about this giveaway! “Review & Giveaway of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins over at Gone with the Words! bit.ly/qC5r22 @gonewiththeword”)

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52 Responses to “Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins”

  1. Stephanie

    Your review makes me want to die because I want this book so, SO bad. It sounds amazing and the fact that Cricket is actually above Etienne for you? Eeeek!!!  Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  2. chelseyatstarryskybooks

    I already wanted this book, and after reading your review I want it even more. Cricket sounds amazing, and everyone who’s read this says it’s better than Anna, so I’m extremely excited for it. Great review! And thank you for the giveaway.

  3. Farrah

    I would be ABSOLUTELY FRIGGIN EXCITED if I won! Eeep! Thanks for the chance! And I’m STOKED you loved Cricket<3

  4. Ashley

    I just finished this one too, & I so agree! I liked this book even more than Anna! I just so loved Lola! Great review! :) 

  5. Cialina

    Ok, to be honest, I didn’t even read your review. I just looked at the rating and that’s all I need to know that this book will be truly epic. I want everything in this book to be a complete surprise so I have been avoiding all reviews :P Counting down the days until I can read this epic book.

  6. Savy @Books With Bite

    Thanks for the review and giveaway! I am super excited to get this book!

  7. Precious

    Awesome review! i’ve read tons of good things  about this series! Would like to try it!

  8. Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    I’m hoping I’m really, really lucky and I can win this one was well :) 

    Cricket is better than St. Clair! Need to read this! I’m the only person, I swear, who hasn’t read this yet…at least among bloggers :)

  9. C.J Duggan

    *Gasp* I have just read Anna and the French Kiss and loved it so much, I want re read it again, it was amazing! So when I saw this giveaway I was on it like white on rice!! Thanks Jess for the opportunity what an awesome comp! I don’t think I have anticipated a book so much as this one…IEEE!!! :)

  10. Alissa

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. ABOVE St. Clair?!

    I officially need this book right now. Haha.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Jess! :]

  11. Carina

    I’m seriously dying to read this novel! I can’t believe that a guy could be better then Etienne, but I’m willing to find out. I’ve heard so many fantastic things about this – so thank you sooooooo much for a chance to win a copy of this. :)

    Carina

  12. Jessi

    Cricket…ABOVE…Etienne?  Is that even POSSIBLE?

    Great review! I’m dying to read this one; I really should just bite the bullet and pre-order a copy!

  13. ZoeRainDasherBenji

    I just reread your review… And I thought girls liked bad boys more. But Cricket’s probably different.

  14. anna

    I definitely want this book!!!
    I’ve read Anna, and yes, who don’t fall for it? I really really really want this book… >,<
    good review! I am surprised that Anna & Ettiene would appear in this book also! ahh.. can' t wait!

  15. Becky Paulk

    Thank you for the giveaway!! I really want to read Stephanie Perkins books, i just put a hold on anna and the french kiss at my library =D

  16. Alison

    I loved this one too. I think I prefer Anna and the FK a little more. I love Cricket although probably love Etienne a little more. Cricket feels a little more real…although Etienne felt real too.
    Max drove me crazy. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that I spent the first half wanting to slap Lola for being so blind.

  17. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    Like everyone else I am SO excited for this book!! I absolutely cannot wait. I actually just re-read ‘Anna’ for the 2nd time, so now I’m even more excited, haha.

    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  18. Jasmine Oster

    I’m so happy to hear Anna and Etiene are in here! I’m so excited for Lola :]

  19. Sumudu Janadari

    Great Review. I am dying to read this novel. thanks for the Giveaway. Hope I would be lucky to win a copy!

  20. Evie

    Anna and the French Kiss is such a lovely book and now I’m curious to read this one too.
    Thanks for the chance.

  21. Ana Lucía

    Thank you thank you for making it international, now fingers crossed…I’m dying for this book. Great review! :)

  22. noevus32

    Lucky you, I WANT THIS BOOK! lol. I can’t wait to read it. Seriously! Anyway, nice review! and thank you so much for the giveaway (and for making it international!)

  23. Sarah Setar

    Hi:) What a great giveaway! Thank you thank you thank you:)

    Wish me luck!

    Sarah

  24. Ezmirelda Demetri

    I realy loved the review! I just found your blog and I think it’s amazing. Now I can’t wait to read Lola and the Boy Next Door. I’m really excited to meet lola and Cricket. :)

  25. Briana @ Bree's Books

    Love this review! Makes me even more excited for it! ONE MORE MONTH. :D

  26. Jan von Harz

    I missed this review and am so glad I caught it. Like you I love Anna and the French Kiss and want to read this one as I love Perkins writing. Glad it is a awesome read too. Thanks for the great review and the chance to win a copy of the book!

  27. Scarlett

    I really, really, really want to read this now. ABOVE entienne?!? Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! *crosses fingers*

  28. Emily @ Books and Threads

    I am SO EXCITED to read this book!  I want to read it more than puppies.

    …I don’t know how that works either, but it’s true!

    Thank you for hosting the giveaway!  And your review just makes me jitter more about wanting to read it right away! :D

  29. April

    I have hear such good things about this Author. Because of all the raving I picked up Anna and the French kiss the other day, and the clerk was even raving.. So I have a feeling I’ll be picking up this one too when it comes out. :) Thanks for the giveaway, and great review. :)

  30. Jaycee Daniel

    Great review, if I’m not lucky enough to win this its a visit to the local library for me!
    Thanks for the give aways, I love reading so much, it can take you away from a wet (summer!!) day into a world of secret/love/intrigue/ Crime/ even murder depending on the author.  Nothing in my opinion beat a good book, ok good sex but its a close run thing!  lol

  31. Jaycee Daniel

    Great review, if I’m not lucky enough to win this its a visit to the local library for me!
    Thanks
    for the give aways, I love reading so much, it can take you away from a
    wet (summer!!) day into a world of secret/love/intrigue/ Crime/ even
    murder depending on the author.  Nothing in my opinion beat a good book,
    ok good sex but its a close run thing!  lol 

  32. Sunnykimmy

    I was smiling all through reading this review. Actually I am still smiling while writing this. Anyway, I really want to read this book and you’ve only made me want to read it more.  Thanks for the oppurtunity :)

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