Monday, 13 August 2012

Book Review: Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Lola and The Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Books
Source: Personal Copy (E-book)
Rating: Five Wonderful Lipsticks


"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 neighbourhood.

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."


This book is amazing. And that's all I have to say about that.

But, there is a catch. It's a companion novel. Which means that I went into it with high expectations- hoping that it would be like Anna and The French Kiss. And boy, were my expectations met.

This book was spectacular. I loved it, every part of it. This books is the very definition of five stars.

Lola's neighbours, two twins, are back in town. And she so happens to be in love with Cricket (The boy twin). Or used to be in love. Well, that's what she says.
Now Lola's dating Max and Cricket finally tells Lola that he's in love with her. Well then, horrible timing there buddy.

Cricket is this mysterious boy that has every girl swooning. Honestly Stephanie, how do you come up with these characters? Is there any way that they actually exist? But really, he's that cute little boy with the skill to invent. And he's also really sweet. And he has an amazing name.

And then there's Max. Le idiot Max. He's rude, weird and old. Well, not old. But he is older than Lola. By like, five years. But really, he's the perfect character in so many ways. He gets you at first- making you feel those 'Oh You Are Just So Perfect' feelings- then his real personality comes out and you see that he's kinda a jerk.

Oh, Anna and St. Clair are back! Yay! Even though their appearances in this book are short (shorter than I would like them to be), you still see that a few years later they are alive, happy and together. And stronger than ever of course.
Also, Lola has two Dads. It's not approached awkwardly like it is in some books. No, it was slipped in with ease. It was like it made no difference that she has two Dad's instead of one. Which it doesn't. So props to you Stephanie.
Now the overall story line, it's really the story that every girl dreams about. I don't know if Stephanie Perkins has a magical power where she can go into teenage girls minds and take out they're secret fantasies and then writing a book about them.
It's a magical power that I deeply respect. And wish that I had.
Now, she does have an amazing power that we all know about. Her writing. It's like a lazy river. It's smooth, makes you laugh, has ups and downs, you don't have to do much work and you always leave with good memories.

It's something special.
I don't think that there are any bad points in this book, hell I know that there are no bad points in this book. There were no pointless scenes, no cheesy moments, no nothing that should be under the 'no' category.
I would recommend this book for everyone. So if you are a person, go buy this book. ASAP. Okay? Okay. So go. Stop reading this review and go buy it. It doesn't matter anyways, since this review is done. Finished. Now go.
Recommended For Those Who Like sweet/cute love stories
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