Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

PictureTitle: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Format: Paperback, 338 pages
Release Date: July 9, 2013 by Speak
Source: Bought

Synopsis: 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 negihborhood. 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.

(taken from goodreads)


Lola do not believe in fashion. She believes in costume.

Lola Nolan isn’t your typical 17-year-old-girl. She never wear the same outfit twice (that’s her New Year’s Resolution). She has a 22-year-old rocker boyfriend, who she lost her virginity to. She has 2 dads, gay dads. And lastly, she has a 6’4″ neighbor who was her first love. Cricket Bell is Lola’s neighbor. He has a twin, Calliope, who’s a known figure skater. They have a bitter past. There was actually something going on between Cricket and Lola when about 2 years ago but Calliope was too scared that she’s losing her twin — her best friend. So, she threw a “surprise party” for Cricket’s birthday (although that was her birthday too) and did not invite Lola over the party which made her hurt the fact that she prepared something for Cricket.

Anna Oliphant and Etienne St. Clair, who were in Anna and the French Kiss (also by Stephanie Perkins), are also in the novel. I actually loved Anna and the French Kiss which is why I wanted to read this! And it was never a waste of time. I enjoyed reading the whole book, although it kind of took me a long time to finish it since I was quite busy with visitors who come and go at our house.

My favorite part was when Lola (sort of) confronted Max, who is her boyfriend, and broke up with him. Although the scene was kind of sad, the fact that it is a break-up scene, I loved it because finally! Lola realized Max do not deserve him. And I hated Max for telling Lola that he is nothing to him. He sucks! >_<

Now that I’ve read both Anna and the French Kiss, & Lola and the Boy Next Door, I am looking forward to reading Isla and the Happily Ever After. It actually came out months ago but I am hoping and waiting for a paperback. I recommend you to read Lola and the Boy Next Door if you’re up for some feels because this will surely give you a lot!

4 stars



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