Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door

There is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN13 here.Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out...

Title:Lola and the Boy Next Door
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ISBN:0525423281
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:384 pages

Lola and the Boy Next Door Reviews

  • tonya.

    Here's the thing. I think Stephanie Perkins is in my head. Or at least my daydreams. How else could she consistently write characters that seem to be tailor-made to hit my flutter buttons? Etienne for my anglophilia, Max for my tattooed, Buddy Holly glasses wearing

    rocker boy, and Cricket. Cricket for everything I've ever wanted in a

    boy.

    Because that's the beauty of

    Here's the thing. I think Stephanie Perkins is in my head. Or at least my daydreams. How else could she consistently write characters that seem to be tailor-made to hit my flutter buttons? Etienne for my anglophilia, Max for my tattooed, Buddy Holly glasses wearing

    rocker boy, and Cricket. Cricket for everything I've ever wanted in a

    boy.

    Because that's the beauty of

    . It's real. As much as I loved

    (and I looooooooooooooooooooove

    ),

    was better on nearly every level because it felt

    . Anna was by no means a fairy tale without the struggle of realism, but there were some elements that took it to daydream level. Paris. Beautiful, charming British boy. The big, dramatic (incredibly swoontastic) ending.

    is different. They aren't in Paris, and Cricket isn't a dashing, gorgeous Brit. He's just a normal boy. A normal, awkward, amazingly sweet boy who I can't even find words to describe. (Except for, you know, those...)

    I won't say anything about the story itself, except Stephanie Perkins manages to surprise me with the depth she gives her characters and their circumstances. Lola made me ache; I went through each moment of impulse, confusion, and agonizing indecision with her. I laughed with her, I certainly cried with her more than I expected to, and I swooned so hard that by the last section I was literally reading standing up because I was FEELING TOO MANY FEELINGS to sit.

    is everything first love should be--painful, awkward, desperate, tender and so, so sweet.

    And as I read Perkins' acknowledgements at the end, I found myself tearing up again at her note to her husband. I realized why she is able to write such amazingly real and heartfelt love stories. It's because she's lived it.

    comes out in September. I can't wait to swoon with you!

  • Flannery

    A.YES, I loved it!

    B.YES, it was okay.

    C.YES, and I didn’t like it.

    D.NO, but I intend to.

    E.NO, it’s not for me.

    If you picked A, B, or D, please proceed to review #1.

    If you picked C or E, please proceed to review #2.

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    LOVE! This book is fun, fun, fun (til her daddy takes the T-bird away). It has a very similar feeling to its companion novel

    —a teenage girl who already has a boyf

    A.YES, I loved it!

    B.YES, it was okay.

    C.YES, and I didn’t like it.

    D.NO, but I intend to.

    E.NO, it’s not for me.

    If you picked A, B, or D, please proceed to review #1.

    If you picked C or E, please proceed to review #2.

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    LOVE! This book is fun, fun, fun (til her daddy takes the T-bird away). It has a very similar feeling to its companion novel

    —a teenage girl who already has a boyfriend falls for a guy who seems practically perfect in every way, except his family doesn’t appreciate him as much as they should. The current boyfriend is sort of a douchebag and plays in a band and the protag is quirky. The main character in this one, Delores (Lola) Nolan, lives with her two dads in San Francisco. (Remember that show ‘My Two Dads’? I totally forgot about it until this moment) She loves fashion and spends a ton of her time designing and sewing costumes and putting together all sorts of crazy outfits. In the first few pages, Lola sees a moving truck and I think it is no spoiler who is moving in NEXT DOOR-- her love interest. (see: title of the book) Cricket Bell is tall, stylish, and always inventing all sorts of things. His family’s been on the move a lot because his sister is a world-class figure skater and her career dominates the family. Lola’s never gotten along with Calliope but she got along fine (*winkwinknudgenudge*) with Cricket before they moved away two years prior. That is, except for the last day she saw him. Now he’s back and it is reconciliation time. There’s only one boyfriend standing in the way.

    Lola frustrated me a bit because several of her problems are self-inflicted. I know it isn’t always the easy thing to do but if you are dating someone and totally have the hots for someone else, you are a huge d-bag if you don’t break it off. Sure, the other person’s feelings will be hurt but no one likes looking like a fool after the fact.

    I did like Lola as a character but I wish/ed that she would man up, stop leading Cricket on, and be a better friend to Lindsay.

    Anna and St. Clair make much more of an appearance than I thought they would. They actual show up throughout the entire novel and it was a plus and minus situation for me. I was happy to see characters I knew but I have probably read 100 books since Anna and I no longer remembered the details of their true love always and forever relationship so their constant togetherness was a bit off-putting to me. Like those newish couples who are always PDAing all over the place.

    I’m a pretty huge sucker for boy next door stories. Or really any situation where someone awesome has been under the protag’s nose for years. I hope I am not making it sound like I hated this book. I was annoyed with Lola quite a bit but I really LOVED most of this book. And you know what made this book even better for me? That my friends sent it to me with their comments written in it. I absolutely adored reading their thoughts and adding my own for people later on the tour list.

    I really enjoyed this and will keep reading anything Stephanie Perkins writes…but a little more than a little of me wants to see how she handles something other than this storyline.

    Thank you so, so much Arlene for sharing your copy with me!

    You probably won’t like this book. Move along, nothing to see here.

  • Sophia.

    Oh, gosh. I really cannot understand all the good reviews for this book (even if half of them were given BEFORE the book actually came out, which, if you ask me, is completely stupid). To say it's overrated is an understatement.

    This book is such a huge disappointment. I guess this is a typical example of what happens when you fantasize so much about something that you've actually built up this ideal in your mind... which has nothing to do with reality, sadly. Careful people,

    .

    I'd

    Oh, gosh. I really cannot understand all the good reviews for this book (even if half of them were given BEFORE the book actually came out, which, if you ask me, is completely stupid). To say it's overrated is an understatement.

    This book is such a huge disappointment. I guess this is a typical example of what happens when you fantasize so much about something that you've actually built up this ideal in your mind... which has nothing to do with reality, sadly. Careful people,

    .

    I'd like to begin by saying that I am a big fan of

    . That book's a master piece, clearly. I absolutely loved Stephanie Perkins' writing and I couldn't wait to read the companion book.

    But unfortunately, Lola and the Boy Next Door feels like.. I don't know, the biggest letdown of the year?

    First off, I have to say it; Lola surely is the most unbelievable and unlikable narrator, I have ever had the misfortune to read about. I'm sorry. I really wanted to like her, I did. But I hated her. I'm just one year older than she is, but all along the book, I felt like she was twelve. Her reactions, her constant lies, her attitude, everything bothered me... her dress code on top.

    Okay. So I understand the concept of wanting to be different, as well as being into fashion. But this just felt

    . Seriously, big fake sparkly eyelashes and prom dresses and WIGS every day ?

    And how is this supposed to make her relatable?

    She's self-centered and instead of making her look original, that just showed bad taste and immaturity. At some point she goes to school wearing a dress made out of a sheet and some Cleopatrian make up, hum, hello, ARE YOU FOR REAL?!

    I understand if you're like eight or if it's Halloween or whatever but being a junior and all?

    How come her parents don't say anything? Aren't they supposed to have a say in their kid's image or something? Don't they ever wonder why she feels the necessity of hiding herself? Of wearing outfits that make her absolutely unrecognizable in the streets? Don't they

    think it might be more than teenage drama? What kind of parents wouldn't sit the kid down and try to figure out what's going on?

    I kept thinking that Lola was disturbed

    and I knew from the very first scenes I wouldn't like her. She made this HUGE deal out of what happened with the Bells two years ago, nearly passing out when she learns they've come back, breaking plates and all, and when you discover what the whole drama is about, it's pathetic.

    . Over-reacting is her middle name, I swear.

    Which naturally brings me to talk about the main hero of the story, Cricket.

    . It was just so irritating, it bugged (no pun intended) me the whole time and because of that, I was never, ever able to visualize him as a potential hottie.

    Imagine you're at the hospital. After 9 months of long and exhausting pregnancy, you now have your baby boy in your arms, and he's perfect. And the smiling nurse comes to you and say "What will be the name of that

    ?" and you say ...

    .

    Perkins worked on that book with a simple goal: make teenage girls swoon over the characters, and over the story.

    But for the love of God, people, just tell me!

    HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO BE SWOONING OVER THAT?

    So I'm sorry. I really am.

    . It's beyond what I can accept. (And don't even get me started on the too-short-pants-and-pointy-red-shoes, because it's painfully obvious how Perkins tried to give him a wannabe "edgy"/hipster/rock n' roll attitude = so cool. Not. It's geeky and unattractive.)

    Basically, I think what was really disturbing in that story is the lack of any realistic element whatsoever. Simplicity anyone ? Not here:

    The names (Dolores

    ? Cricket? Calliope? Come on now!), the characters, the personalities, the outfits (Lola's and Cricket's, for that matter), family situations (I hate it when authors try to send a message like this. What was that supposed to mean? That gay parents can raise a kid just as well as any straight parents? As far as I'm concerned I didn't think that Lola was a normal teenager. Any social worker would be seriously concerned to see her wearing her freakin' Marie Antoinette dress...), the whole inventor thing (Do I even need to talk about that?), as well as the

    (honestly? Like you're seventeen, and you sit on your balcony and talk out loud to the moon, all of this when your window is two inches away from your crush's window? Riight). Nothing felt REAL!

    Perkins tried too much to differentiate her characters, just so her book would be nothing like the clichés of the YA lit world. She tried too hard.

    . Everything was overdone. And the thing is, she doesn't even need to try that hard!

    Perkins is an amazing writer; her work can be amazing, where tons of others just fail miserably. She doesn't need to develop extraordinary characters. Anna didn't have anything special but she was adorable.

    Also, the love triangle was very badly achieved. From the first page, I think, Lola describes Max with the words "tattooed, 22 years old, rock star, pot-addicted, hated by the parents"... I mean, hey, diabolizing much ? (And a five year difference isn't SUCH a big deal. No, it just isn't. St Clair's reaction was ridiculous. Seriously, grow the fuck up Lola. If you keep thinking he's too old to the point of screwing up your relationship, then you're definitely too young.)

    You know what, I think that's precisely the problem actually. Lola felt too young. Like Perkins aimed the book at a younger audience.

    And of course, there's the whole "reverse plot" that everyone spotted. Now it's Lola who's in a relationship, and she has sex YOU GUYS so she's MATURE! But the whole detective thing with her best friend and everything.. It really felt like she was still a young teenager, and that's not what I want to read. I personally like it better when the characters of the books I read are a bit older than me (I suppose it makes me expect great adventures for the years to come or something like that).. But here, I felt like I'd borrowed a book from the middle school's library. And when Lola's acting like a stupid toddler.. it just makes me want to close that damn book and move on.

    And the title was also a bad choice. Yes, yes, it's cute and all the 13 year olds will love it but since you know that the title is "boy next door", it was so obviouuus. So Lola virtually spends the whole story with some guy who you just KNOW is the wrong one. The more you read, the more Max is being described as an asshole - in case you didn't know you HAD to hate him and expect

    Cricket to come and end up with Lola.

    The whole goal of love triangles is that you ache NOT knowing what choice would be the best.. Here, we're just left waiting for Lola to open her eyes and stop acting like a lying kid.

    .

    There's another problem, which was SO irritating I wanted to throw the book away. Anna and Etienne. Please. PLEASE. I adored them in their OWN book, here they're just this ridiculous idealized version of a perfect couple, and I found myself cringing whenever they were saying cheesy pseudo romantic bullshit. I mean come on. Like, three months ago, Etienne was still with Ellie, doing his Spanish homework and whining like a baby that he didn't want to be alooone. So don't blame me for laughing out loud when he says oh-so-very-seriously "When you know, you know!"

    Which makes me think about this awful scene that I found absolutely

    :

    So Lola's upset and she wants to talk about it with Anna, but she says reluctantly "I know you're just going to repeat everything to St Clair."

    Silly me.

    Anna actually GRINS broadly and says "Yep".

    (YEP. I swear that's what she answers!)

    So basically, Perkins, being with someone means you can no longer be a friend and keep a secret without telling your

    soul mate?

    It was really annoying that repeatedly throughout the book, Etienne's mentioned as the-guy-ALWAYS-sticking-around-Anna, I don't think it's healthy not to have certain aspects of your life where you can be apart from each other. Besides, some stuff like the shrugs of Etienne were okay when it was noticed from Anna's point of view, here I think it was too much (

    ).

    Overall, I'd say I couldn't bring myself to care about the (very boring) description of San Fransisco ; or the characters, or the plot, or anything, really. Actually I skimmed

    through the book and while reading other reviews, I realized that I've missed a good part of the actual story.

    It's a shame because I know what Perkins can do and this is why I won't give up on her. I'm sorta curious of her new book. Which I think is about Isla & Josh from

    . That does seem cool, Josh has the potential to be really interesting. I also read somewhere it took place in Paris or something so maybe it'll be better than this one. I hope so, anyway. Thanks for reading !["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


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