Author: Stephanie Perkins
Length: 338 Pages
Publisher: Dutton Books
Published Date: September 29. 2011
Gender: Young Adult, Contemporary,and Romance.
Rating: ★★★★★ ( 5 OUT OF 5).
How I got it?: Paperback
“Just because something isn’t practical doesn’t mean it’s not wroth creating, Sometimes beauty and real life magic are enough”
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.
“I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be the same person everyday”
Much like Anna and The french Kiss , Lola and the Boy next Door are living prove that Stephanie Perkins can take and create any situation and make you weep with happiness from how well crafted are her characters; how beautiful and flawed are each and every one, how cruel and intense can some be. But the thing that i love more about Perkins is the way she can get into the brain of a 17 year old girl and give us prove to us how much she understands what is going on on messy , juggled thoughts. Hence my 5 START Rating. After AATFK i was a little skeptical on how a book could be any better or at lest measure up to the standards of Anna but Lola really surprised me and that has no measure. To me it deals with issues deeper than Anna, and its a more mature and responsible book but sweet and magical just as Anna.
“So do you believe in second chances?” I bite my lip.
“Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right,” he adds.
“If the person is… Lola?”
This time, he holds my gaze. “Only if the other person is Cricket.”
Lola is an unusual girl, very unusual heroin that’s for sure, from how she believes in costumes and how each of them represents her to her very unusual family. Lola is dating this older , sexy singer Max who is everything she wants but her parents don’t approve an dits not because of his age. She is trying and succeeding in finding a balance between school, boyfriend, friends and work. Until a moving van next door on a Sunday confirms her biggest fears , The Bells are back. And not only that but Norah is also making random appearances everywhere and all she wants to do is lose herself in max. But when the tall, nerdy, awkward Cricket starts to look at her like she did something wrong and like she is the best thing to touch the earth she is torn between what she has and what she lost. Being a 17-year-old girl is not easy and much less Being Lola.
“There is something about blue eyes.
The kind of blue that starlets you every time their lifted in your direction The kind of blue that makes you ache for them to look at you again. Not blue-green or Blue gray, The Blue that’s just blue.
Cricket has those eyes”
I loved Lola. She was unlike anyone I’ve ever met and/or read before. I loved the costumes I loved the movies, I loved her parents and I love how insanely confused she was about her feelings, it just made her that much real. She was strong and at moments she broke down and lost herself but she always found a way to herself. To me the most important thing about Lola was that how she accepted herself and because of that how people accepted her. The romance aspect was so darn cute and real that I just want some guy to draw stars in his hands and be all awkward and stylish. It was a main focus on the book and thought it all i was just rooting for those two.
“It’s comforting to know he understands why. To know I won’t have to explain,and to know he’s not judging me for it.
The supporting characters where phenomenal, Calliope, Lindsey EVEN Max. But the best of the best of the best were ANNA AND ST.CLAIR! YES! They are in this book and not just a page, a WHOLE lot of pages and they just made me sooo happy.
“Perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring.”
I smile. “You don’t think I’m perfect?”
“No. You’re delightfully screwy, and I wouldn’t have you any other way.”
so back to Lola and The Boy Next Door. If you like a sweet, realistic, crazy , sexy and fun book get it. I don’t regret this in the least and I will be probably shoving this under everyone’s nose so they read it.
This book is about love. But love to yourself and the people who love you back
It’s about accepting you and accepting others
Is about opening up to that past that haunts you and realizing how beautiful it is
Is about being strong, and don’t listing to others
and It’s about realizing that YOU ARE beautiful, who ever you decide to be.
“And if I’m the stars, Cricket Bell is entire galaxies.”