Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

March 30, 2012 ARC, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Cricket, Dutton Books, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Romance, Stephanie Perkins, YA, Young Adult 0

From Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book! The characters were so real and so well written. I loved Lola and her charm. She felt so real for a 17 year old character trying to figure out love and life, even when I wanted to kick her in the butt to move her along faster! I have to say that her parents were one of my favorite things about this book. Nathan and Andy are amazing protective parents that had me in stitches at times with their protective nature. They reminded me so much of a few parents of my high school friends. This book would not have been the same without them. The little snippets with Anna and St. Clair left me smiling and wanting to relive their path to romance once again. And of course there is Cricket. He is such a sweet, adorable and truly REAL boy. He IS the boy next door. And he left me swooning.

Definitely a must read and one I will enjoy rereading over and over again!

5 out of 5!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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