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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Released: Sep 9, 2011
Publisher: Dutton (penguins)
Rating: 5/5 stars
Lola Nolan's life has never been normal. She was raised by two fathers, she doesn't use her real name, she's dating a musician who is also older than her, and she wears outrageous costumes that she never wears more than once. But as crazy and abnormal as her life may seem. Lola loves it and wouldn't change a thing about it. To her everything is perfect. That is until the bell twins, Cricket and Calliope, move back in to the house next door. Now Lola must deal with the girl who was always better than she was. And the boy who broke her heart but can't seem to stop loving.
I know from the moment I bought this book that I was going to love it. I'm no stranger to Stephanie Perkins' work since I had read Anna and The French Kiss a few months ago. So I was expecting a cute fluffy teenage love story. And that is exactly what I got.
The main character is Lola Nolan who is this brave and independent but also naive girl who is really just trying to figure out her life and her heart. She gets a lot of help from her family and friends like her two gay fathers, Andy and Nathan. They really try to help and understand Lola and her situation. But at times it's hard for them to understand. Then there's Lindsay, Lola's mystery obsessed, braniac and noble best friend. She is Lola's rock and she knows that she can always count on her for anything. Lola is protective over Lindsay and doesn't want her to be stepped on. Especially not by Max. Max is Lola's boyfriend. He is a twenty something musician who isn't really the most lovable character. And than there's the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket Bell. Calliope is this perfect award winning figure skater who hates Lola. And Cricket is the inventor who has always been in his sister's shadow. But he is also the boy who broke Lola's heart some time ago. You also meet Norah who is Lola's mother. And we see Anna and St.Clair who make a few cameos in this book (Note: Anna and St.Clair are from Stephanie's previous book Anna and The French Kiss)
The story revolves around Lola who i trying to figure out her life after a series of event occur. First the Bell twins move in, then she has to deal with her mom and Max. So she is really just trying to figure out her life and figure out who she truly loves and wants to be with.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was cute and heart warming. It's not as cheesy as the cover and title is I assure you. It's actually very sweet and it does deal with some issues. Not very deep issues, but issues nonetheless.
Well that's all for this review I hope you all enjoyed it. Pick up Lola and the boy next door in a bookstore near you. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.