Lola and the Boy Next Door

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Author: Stephanie Perkin
Pages: 338
Publication Date: September 29, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Books
Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Lola Nolan loves to wear wigs, sparkling outfits - in short she loves to be bold and fabulous. Her life seems to be right on track. She has supportive friends, caring fathers and a hot boyfriend, who is a rocker. Everything is working out just fine until the return of her next door neighbors - the Bells.

Lola Nolan: a seventeen-year-old high school junior with intent interest in costumes. She usually makes her own outfits. She lives with her two fathers in San Fransisco.
Nathan Nolan: One of Lola's father. He is very protective of Lola.
Andy Nolan: One of Lola's father. Andy owns a pie store. Even he cares of Lola as much as Nathan, Andy is not as strict as Nathan.
Max: Lola's twenty-two-year-old boyfriend, whom Lola's fathers are not approved of. He is in a rock band.
Lindsey Lim: Lola's best friend. She loves the idea of being a detective, so she usually called Lola "Ned", a character from Nancy Drew
Cricket Bell: a smart and kindhearted eighteen-year-old boy who is handy when it comes to electronic devices. He also possesses a great sense of style and is very tall.
Calliope Bell: Cricket's twin sister. She is talented figure-skater and she dislikes Lola.
Norah Nolan: Lola's birth mother and a former alcoholic. Norah is also Nathan's younger sister.
Anna: Lola's coworker at the theater.
Etienne St. Clair: Anna's boyfriend and Cricket's dorm-mate.

Once again Stephanie Perkin wowed me with her work. In this book, even it is another love story other then Anna and St. Clair's, Perkin included them in the story as well. As a recommendation, if you have not have a chance to read "Anna and the French Kiss", well, you'd better read that first before this one.

Let's move back to Lola. I really love this book. I don't know how it possible, but frankly speaking, I like this Lola's story more than Anna's.

As I has said before, I am a sucker for books with great covers. With just one quick glance, I was hooked. Comparing with the previous book, "Lola and the Boy Next Door" definitely has a better cover. I love the clear blue sky in the background. Moreover, if we pay more attention on the cover, we can see every detail of both characters, Lola and Cricket, such as the wig (Lola almost always wears wigs) and the rubber bands that Cricket usually wears on his wrist.

I absolutely adore Lola. She is very quirky, beautiful, fun and smart. Besides, I like the fact that she does not afraid of being herself, even though being herself means wearing bright yellow raincoat in a clear weather.

Cricket, on the other hand, is more charming than St. Clair. He is unbelievably kind. The way the author describes Cricket makes it sound too good to be true. Any way, that is the point of a fiction, I guess. The way he cares for Lola is extremely sweet, which makes the story even more interesting.

I cannot wait for the next book by Stephanie Perkin, Isla and the Happy Ever After.


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