Monday, January 30, 2012

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Book: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA Romance
Rating: ****
For: Fun
From: Borrowed from Jenny

I was a little worried at first about this book. I could tell I was not going to relate to Lola at all. Her life is so completely different from anything I've experienced or known. Not that that has to be true in order for me to connect to characters, but you know, I just thought I wasn't going to like her.

But I did after all, and she turned out to be an awesome character, even if she did make some pretty bad choices and decisions. Rocker dude, anyone? See, I already forgot his name. Him, I did NOT like. Ew, yucky.

But then there was Cricket, who is of course, the boy next door. No, his name I have not forgotten and will probably not forget for a long time. I really really liked him. Tall and gangly, a little awkward, so very nice and smart and sweet. I thought about him so much after reading the book that I even wore elastic bands on my wrist for a day (well a couple of hours at work) in his honor!

Anyway, so if you haven't read this one yet, and I know most of you have, there's Lola who lives with her dads (yes dads) in San Francisco. (I loved this setting by the way. It's nice to have been to a city when it's featured in a book, you know? Makes picturing it all so much fun!) And she has always been in love with her next door neighbor. But a few years ago, they had a bit of an issue, sort of a fight, mostly a misunderstanding. Then he moved away.

Well, now he is back. But too bad so sad, she is now totally over him and in love with Rocker Dude, who's name I forget.

Yeah, well, we all know how that's going to go! Or do we?

Bottom line: I loved it!

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  1. Great review! This book sounds really sweet. I already read and loved Anna and the French Kiss. I have to get Lola and the Boy Next Door soon. >_<

  2. LOL! This review makes me giggle. I still love that you wore the rubber bands in his honor.

  3. Oh I loved this one too! Cricket was just perfect, and then the sewing!

    1. Oh yes... of course you would like the sewing! That was pretty cool though, for sure.

  4. I really need to give this author a try...

  5. You know, I didn't much like Anna and the French Kiss, but this one just worked so much better for me. I think because I liked Cricket WAY more than Etienne.

  6. It's nice to have been to a city when it's featured in a book, you know?

    I agree! I didn't love this one as much as Anna but I'm glad it was set in San Francisco because I've been there.

  7. I did like this one a lot, but Anna will always have a special spot in my heart! Can not wait for Isla to come out!



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