Monday, January 16, 2012

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Publication: September 29th 2011
Age Group: Young Adult (14-18)
Book Source: Library 
Challenge(s)- To Be Read (2012)

Lola- intensely awesome, unique, blooming designer- she vowed never to wear the same outfit twice. Max- Lola's Boyfriend. Your average jerk rocker- ready to go on tour. Cricket Belle- Twin of the dreaded Calliope (Perfect) Belle. He's tall, sweet, hilarious and has been neighbors on and off throughout Lola's life. It's been two years since Cricket and Calliope Belle have lived next door to Lola. Neighbors have been in and out and every time Lola is on high alert- wary of new moves in. That is until her worst nightmare comes true. The Belle Twins are back. And Right Next Door. Now all sorts of roller coaster (ish) feelings are being resurrected for Lola. Her hatred for Calliope. Her Love for Cricket. Her Hatred for Cricket. It's all too much- and Lola's about to crack- but she can't do anything considering she has hyperactive, jealous, bulldog-of-a-boyfriend Max on a leash. Soon Lola must dive chin-deep in the past and finally get some closure; or have her only dream come true- with the boy next door.

Lola- ah Lola. So describable, unpredictable and unprepared. She is altogether wonderful. If I ever have a fictional wedding/prom/formal event- Lola is SO TOTALLY designing my dress. Oh yeah- she is THAT FREAKIN' GOOD!! Now onto the book....

I just devoured this book- it was fantastic, I read it in one night. ONE. NIGHT. I devoured it just like I devoured Anna and The French Kiss. It was so realistic, believable and Oh Mah God- romantic. I know it most likely any book Perkins writes- I am guaranteed to love, rave and psychotically shove and tell people to read it. She is THAT good. 

A theme I thought was hinted throughout this book was regrets... Not necessarily not doing anything, but not doing what you wanted to do most. Because if you don't go after it when you have the chance- its almost 100% likely you will NEVER get that chance again ever... then you spend the rest of your life-
WALLOWING, in regrets, wishing and daydreaming. So always take opportunity's when they arise.  Perkins always writes with great realistic situations- but GOSH- she gives her girly main characters LOTS of chances.

So to wrap up this review- I loved this book and you have got to read this book- and did I mention Anna and Etienne make an appearance. Yeah- it is fantastic. And Cricket- is so mine. No matter what you guys say he is perfect for me- ME. (!!!) Yeah- suck-it. And  that last line for this book- is the best- the moon and stars thing- adorableness~ all in all- better than ever. 

Cannot wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After (!!!!!!) 

“There are some people in life that you can't get over.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“Sometimes a mistake isn't a what. It's a who.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door

“What do you say to someone who is not the same and yet completely the same?”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door 
“It's easy to talk about things we hate, but sometimes it's hard to explain exactly why we like something.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door
“Nathan nods. "Have a good time. Don't do anything I wouldn't do." I hear Andy as I'm walking out the front door. "Honey, that threat doesn't work when you're gay.”
Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door

1 comment:

  1. Loved your review! One thing-it's Calliope, not Camille. :)