Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication: September 29th 2011 by Dutton Books
Received: Bought at Chapters (after months of searching for a copy)
Rating: 5 out of 5
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.
This book was just so cute and well written! I loved Lola from the moment I met her, definitely the kind of girl I would have wanted to be friends with in High School. She’s got spunk, she’s got Dads, she has a rocker boyfriend that’s way older than her, but um, I’m glad she doesn’t end up with him and she’s got plans for her future.
The girl basically has it all until the Bell twins show up and Caliope starts causing all sorts of problems, making it difficult or impossible rather for Lola to attend the ball as Marie Antoinette.
With a bit of help and some fun, quirky scenes, Lola ends up falling for Cricket, whom she sort of swore off as an enemy to begin with and lives happily ever after.
This is one of those feel good stories that makes you want to get up a dance. Stephanie is an excellent writer and I’m so glad I finally found a copy of this book!