Lola And The Boy Next Door By Stephanie Perkins
Lola Nolan is far from ordinary. She doesn't wear clothes, she wears costumes, bright yellow raincoats, lavender wigs, cheetah print dresses.
If Lola were given three wishes they would be simple, straight forward and to the point.
1. To attend her winter formal dressed as Marie Antoinette.
2. To have her parents approve of her boyfriend.
And 3. To never see the Bell twins again.
Too bad in the words of Augustus Waters "The world is not a wish granting factory."
When Cricket and his family move back into the house next door to Lola her life slowly starts spinning out of control. Throw in her unstable mother, slightly overprotective dads and her jealous older boyfriend and you've got trouble.
I. Loved. This. Book.
Not only is Lola now one of my all time favorite characters but it also had Anna and Etienne from The French Kiss in it.
I loved the dynamic between Lola and her parents as well as the one between her and Cricket. Obviously I wasn't too keen on Calliope but really who was? And yes in the end she did grow on me the tiniest bit.
I devoured this book.
Stephanie Perkins has this magical way of writing a story this grabs you and refuses to let go. She breathes life into characters and places and even once you finish the book you can still picture it clearly in your mind as if you were a first hand witness to the event that took place.
Even now, two weeks after reading Lola I can still see her outfits and her room in its organized chaos. I see the view from her window, illuminated by the moon and I can smell the hypnotic scent of Apple Pie wafting from the kitchen.
I dare you to pick up this book and not fall in love with the characters inside it and the author who created them.
Until next time,