Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door (goodreads/amazon)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Expected publication: September 29th 2011 by Dutton
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."
First Line:"I have three simple wishes."
Thoughts:Lola and the Boy Next Door is quite frankly one of the BEST books I've read in a long, long time. From the writing, to the lovable characters and even all the silly antics, I adored every minute of it. My only complaint is that I never wanted it to end! Really, it's that good.
Lola is a costume designer in the making. One of her dreams is to create the perfect Marie Antoinette costume to wear at the high school dance. One perfect night with her awesome older rock star boyfriend. Perfect indeed.
Then, the day Lola has been dreading for years has finally happened: The Bell twins have moved back into the house next door. You see, something happened between them a couple years ago, and Lola has been trying to forget it ever since. The thing is, the more she sees Cricket and the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to feel that same connection she felt so long ago. What's a girl to do when everything you ever wanted came a few years too late?
First off, I have to tell you guys how much I love Lola. She's quirky, knows what she wants and isn't afraid to get it. Her life is in costume and as you know, kids in high school
Now, I have to say this because it needs to be said, but I hated Lola's boyfriend Max. From the beginning, he rubbed me the wrong way. Of all the characters in the book, he came off extremely childish (even though he's in his twenties), conceited and well, pompous. His rage terrified me. If I could, I would jump in the book and slap him across the face. Seriously, I hated him that much.
Of course, with that being said, I have to tell you how much I loved, loved, loved Cricket. He is basically the perfect swoon-worthy boy that every single girl dreams about. Sweet, thoughtful, corky, imaginative and oh, so amazing. If I could bottle him up and take him with me everywhere, I would. To be honest, he made the book for me. *Sigh* Why can't all boys be like Cricket?
Hilarious, fabulous and every other "ous" you can think of, Lola and the Boy Next Door will have you up for hours till you reach the very last page. It's one of those books you rush to finish, then read again so you can savor every moment. In fact, Lola now sits with my "go to" books (the ones I read when I need something I know will be good), sitting next to Saving Francesca, Shiver and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. In fact, I loved it so much that I loaned it out to a couple of my best friends, and you know what? After they finished it, they preordered it, so if you don't believe me, believe them. Preorder it, run out to the book store the day it releases, whatever it takes, make sure you read Lola and the Boy Next Door as soon as possible! You definitely don't want to miss it!