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.
Well, I’ve got to say that Lola and the Boy Next Door is very different from the usual genre that I read—which are paranormal and dystopian. But a good kind of different, definitely. The romance was just right, without overdoing it like some novels do, or being unrealistic.
What I really enjoyed the most from this novel is the fact that Stephanie Perkins managed to make the characters as relatable as possible. They experience the same problems we do everyday—school, boys, gay parents, and most importantly… being a teenager. By far, I really like Lola’s personality above the rest, and how she can handle herself in odd situations. Despite what happens, she isn’t afraid of who she is, and expressed that through costume—from a punk rocker to Marie Antoinette.
Cricket Bell, on the other hand, was not your average boy. He wasn’t the typical, hot popular kid at school who everyone admired. Rather, he was shy, and loved to invent things, just like his ancestor Alexander Graham Bell. His kindness caught my attention immediately, and I admired that in him through the book.
The story is told Lola’s point of view, and characters like Anna and Etinette, from the author’s other best-selling novel, Anna and the French Kiss, appear as well. In my opinion, it made the book even better! The plot was simple, yet intricate at the same time. Lola was under a lot of pressure at the beginning of the novel, when Criket moved back and she began to develop feelings for him. This was all at the same time she was dating her boyfriend Max, who by the way, is a complete douchebag. It was interesting to see how the the story developed on the way, with me silently rooting for Criket all the way.
I think my most favorite part was the very last sentence of the novel. It really made me smile at the end, because it was so sweet, but I could still understand what the character meant by such.
Though it is a bit cliché with the usual boy-likes-girl and girl-likes-boy type of plot, Lola and the Boy Next Door was a very refreshing read, and something that I throughly enjoyed.