Book Review – Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

16101168Lola 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.

Seriously, I can’t believe how Stephanie Perkins’ book summaries don’t make justice to the greatness of her stories. But I must agree, capturing awesome in a few sentence is probably harder than it seems. (I would know, I suck at summarizing.)

This book was a great contemporary. But I made the mistake of reading it just after Anna and the French Kiss which is, now I realize, unbeatable in my eyes. Anna had a similar personality to mine, and I didn’t relate as much with Lola. Cricket was adorable and nice, but I felt that we didn’t get to know him as much as Étienne in Anna. Again, Perkins gave her characters specific and quirky passions, which I always love. Lola lives her daily life in costumes, glitter, wigs and all. Cricket is great at creating and inventing stuff, and making them from scratch. The backdrop is not as dreamy as Paris but San Francisco is a good second. I would loooove to go there someday. Talking about San Fran, which is known for its openness towards LGBT, I liked that Lola had 2 dads. I don’t have much more to say honestly. It was a good book, it just didn’t WOWed me as Anna and the French Kiss did. Still recommend it!





Happy Reading 🙂


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