‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ by Stephanie Perkins was totally cute, I wouldn’t be surprised if kittens jumped out at me; it was THAT cute.
Lola had her heart broken before Max and believes he’s the one. Being with him isn’t easy (especially when no one else likes him) and so when Cricket moves back in next door, Lola finds herself torn. Does she stick with her rocker older boyfriend, or does she give Cricket a second chance?
Lola is very bold. Her style is loud and unmissable and I admire her courage to step out of her door wearing some of those outfits. It made me want to change things up a bit. I enjoyed her creativity and loved her Marie Antoinette dress idea for the dance. She’s a true individual but I hated that she listened to what Max said and toned it down. I found Cricket a little bizarre. I didn’t get the style, I just couldn’t picture any of it in my head or how Lola found it attractive. I did love his enthusiasm for Lola however. He didn’t give up on her and a guy like that is hard to come by these days. His invention skills are amazing and I want my own moon and stars.
I feel like San Francisco is the Brighton alternative. It sounds like such a crazy place to live and yet I also get the sense that everyone knows each other. Family is a big part to this story, just as much as the romance. I’m glad that Norah isn’t hated by the end of the book and that Calliope over comes her demons. The fact that Lola’s parents are gay? Loved it. There were subtle references to other things gay and I loved them too. It wasn’t in your face about it, but it still made it relevant.
There was so much teen talk in this that I couldn’t help but smile a lot. I’m definitely not the target audience for this book but I ALSO STILL THINK IN SHOUTY CAPITALS WHEN SOMETIME EMBARRASSING HAPPENS. There were a few times when the immaturity ticked me off a little but like I said, it wasn’t aimed at me so I can’t judge too harshly. I’m so glad I got to see more of Anna and St. Claire too!
‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ was a quick, easy, lovely read and it lifts your heart up to the sky to sit amongst the moon and stars. Perkins gathers up all those feelings you don’t quite have a name for when falling in love and lays it out for you in this.
“I look at you, and I think about you, and … I don’t know. No one has ever confounded me the way you do.”
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