Lola and the Boy Next Door
By Stephanie Perkins
Reading Level: Medium
Review: 5 / 5
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. (Goodreads)
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Hi everyone! So… OH MY HOLY GOD THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING!!! To much? I don’t even care, because the feels, guys, the feels. THE FEELS.
So, this might just be my favorite book of 2014. It has absolutely everything that I want in a good book, I love all of the characters, the plot is so romantic and funny, and arfg!! Too many feels again. (I am really not sure how I am going to write a
succinct and concise review… I just won’t, I guess).
First off, Lola – the main character – is just awesome. I mean, I love how creative and eccentric she is, and how she really just kind of is. She’s Lola. But she also has a bit of an identity crisis, which leads to some really wonderful character development. And I also love how imperfect she is; I tend to love imperfections within a character. She sometimes does the thing that make you go like, “YES! Lola, you go girl,” and other times she does things that make you cringe. Just like real people. Overall, I love her.
And now, be warned, the feels will probably overtake me… Cricket! ARGH FEELS! So, Cricket is the Boy Next Door kind of guy, he is tall, lanky, eccentric, smart, inventor, mechanical-engineer-in-the-making, selfless, vulnerable… do I have to go on as to why he is perfect? Well, Cricket is perfect. Literally. In every sense of the word. The epitome of perfection. Just ARGH! Cricket! Sorry guys, the feels. I just… I love him. So much. He is wonderful. And… ah.
Okay, so the feels became a little too much… sorry. I really liked the plotline. I think it progressed nicely in the story, and like I mentioned before, the character development was just completely beautiful. There were some parts of the story that I kind of wanted to change, towards the end it got a little slow before it BLEW MY MIND, but that is just what I think. I know a lot of people that disagree with me on that particular point. It was quite fast-paced in general – I finished this last night (when I was supposed to be studying for my Physics exam… whoops?), and it only took me a couple of hours to get through.
So, yeah… this is one of my favorite books. It has been a while since I read a book that just really made me feel awesome. After this, I felt like I could go on and do anything – like write a Physics exam.
And I recommend it to everyone! EVERYONE!
Have a wonderful day!