Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Reading Level: YA, 14+
Publication Date: September 29, 2011
My Edition: Hardcover
Cover Rating: B+
Book Rating: B
Plot - 16/20
Characters - 18/20
Writing - 18/20
Originality - 18/20
Entertainment - 9/10
Recommendation - 8/10
Summary: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.
After hearing so many amazing things about Stephanie Perkins two novels, I went ahead and requested them from my library system. LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR got here first before ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS.
When I first started it, I really didn't know what all the hype was about. It was good; decent. A bit different with Lola's sense of style and personality and her family situation with Nathan, Andy, and Norah was definitely something I hadn't read before. So for the first part of the novel, I was just so-so about it.
But then I got into it even more, and I started loving it even more. Lola is so unique, quirky, and just fun! I really enjoyed Lola being the main character. I really enjoyed hearing about Lola's ambition and her passion for creating and wearing such extravagant costumes. I very much disliked Max from the beginning. I just not a fan of his kind of characters and I saw through him from the very start of the novel. On the otherhand, there is Cricket. He was amazing (minus his name...). He was a very lovely and devoted character. I liked him, but I didn't love him. I liked seeing Lola fall in love with Cricket, but I never fell in love with him.
I think my favorite part of the novel was how original Lola's family was. I have never read about a character with two gay dads, and her biological mom is actually one of her dad's sisters, leaving him as her actual uncle. It was very different, and I loved it!
Stephanie Perkins writing is very refreshing and lively and intelligent. I loved her characters and I loved the setting, (If anyone knows me, they know that I am in love with San Francisco!). I would definitely recommend this novel. The story was modern with a cool twist to the traditional story line. It was a very quirky story that I would hope everyone would fall in love with!