Read this: Lola and the Boy Next Door

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.


You guys, I have a secret. Come here, lean in close and I’ll whisper it to you.

*I think I might have liked LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR better than I did ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS*

I know, right?? I mean, I geeked out pretty hard core over ANNA, but when it comes down to it I think I connected more with LOLA. I just loved everything about this book. There’s the setting in gorgeous San Francisco (one of my favorite cities in the US, nay the world). There are Lola’s dads, who I think might have surpassed Mia’s parents as my favorite YA parental figures of all time. And of course, there’s Lola and the boy next door himself. Lola is flawed and complex yet totally relatable. And Cricket is, well … the word charming doesn’t do him justice. I want to read this book again and again and again.

If you haven’t yet read LOLA, get thee to a bookstore post haste! And if you have, what did you think? Are as big a fan as I am?

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9 Responses

  1. Laura Hughes says:

    I thought I might be the only one who liked LOLA better than ANNA!!! Words can’t even begin to describe how much I loved this book. I think it was Cricket that did it for me. He was like, the ultimate boy next door, whereas Etienne still felt slightly unattainable to me. I can only dare to think how I’ll feel after reading ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER!

  2. Lola is on my Christmas wish list.

  3. Holly says:

    Augh! I’ve got to read this next. I keep meaning to and getting side-tracked. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  4. Susan says:

    I totally loved LOLA more than ANNA…and I <3ed ANNA so hardcore. BUT CRICKET ZOMG CRICKET!!!!!!!

    I could marry him. Oh wait, he reminds me of my husband–NO WONDER I LOVE CRICKET ZOMG CRICKETTTTT!!!!!!!!

    Seriously, though, the romantic tension in that book is ELECTRIC. I had heart palpitations every time Cricket came on the page.

    • Meredith says:

      I can totally see why Cricket reminds you of the Frenchman. TOTALLY.

      And yeah, that book is like its own master class on romantic tension. I just love it. I’ll read anything Stephanie Perkins writes, ever.

  5. Karen Strong says:

    I’m SO jealous that you’ve read this book. I must read it soon. And you liked it better than ANNA? Wow, this may just get pushed up my list.

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