Thursday, June 28, 2012

Character Connection: Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door

I really wanted to do a Character Connection (brought to you by The Introverted Reader)  today and the only one coming to mind is Cricket! As in Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. 

It seems that in all the books I've recently read, the characters have not really stood out to me. How sad is that.

But Cricket, from a book I read months ago, still stands out.

So here's the problem, I read it long enough ago (I know months doesn't really seem that long, but it's long enough , believe me!) that I can't remember all the Cricket details.

I think he had dark hair that stood up everywhere.

I DO remember that he is tall and lanky. In fact, he made me think of lanky in a whole new way.

I don't remember the color of his eyes.

But I do remember that he was nice and sweet and charming and clever and smart and patient and present and perfectly imperfect.

And of course I remember the rubber bands on the wrist. :)

Mostly I remember that he just seemed to truly fit the "boy next door" characterization, and I liked that. I liked that a lot!

As you know, I usually like to find a picture of a celebrity that I think would fit the character for the subject of my post. I found it funny that Nicholas Hoult (whose picture I posted just the other day) was suggested in a few blog posts... but the one I liked much better is found in this post. She suggests this guy:

Matthew Atkinson as
Cricket Bell

What do you think? Yes or no?

What character is on your mind this week and/or month?


  1. Ah, Cricket! Makes me want to read the book all over again.

    I like the guy you chose over Nicholas Hoult but I like the guy on the cover of the book. I stand behind him!

  2. I loved Cricket too. Such a nice boy next door.

  3. The author of that book used to work in my library. You nailed Cricket. You should check out Stephanie's blog

  4. I haven't read this book, but I do like boys next door! They're so often overlooked in favor of the bad boys. I do see the attraction of the bad boys but in real life they just make me uncomfortable. Give me the nice guys any time! Thanks for joining in this month!



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