Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door

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Budding costume designer Lola lives an extraordinary life in San Francisco with her two dads and beloved dog, dating a punk rocker, but when the Bell twins return to the house next door Lola recalls both the friendship-ending fight with Calliope, a figure skater, and the childhood crush she had on Cricket.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dutton Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780525423287
0525423281
Branch Call Number: YA F PER

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penelopegomez
Jul 30, 2020

Stephanie Perkins is one of my favorite authors. Anna and the French Kiss by her is by far one of my favorite romance novels. This is technically book 2, and the main characters Anna and St. Claire do make multiple appearances in this novel, but If you skipped Anna and the French Kiss and just started with this book. It really wouldn't take anything away from the story because they are only side characters in this novel, that really don't make a huge impact on this story at all. Ok, so back to Lola and the Boy Next Door, I really did like this novel. The character development was great Lola is a quirky high school student living in San Francisco and like every other teenage girl she is obsessed with fashion! Her clothing statements are out there and I found it rather enjoyable through out the novel, for her character to be so uncaring and incredibly EXTRA with her fashion sense. I did rate this book down just because Lola had one huge character flaw I just couldn't ignore. I couldn't help but find her character to be a little...selfish and self absorbed! She was mean and disrespectful to her parents. Cheats on her boyfriend and then strings both boys along! I just didn't like that her character had no regard for anyone else's feelings but her own. It's hard to like a book when you don't even like the main character, but Stephanie Perkins just has such an attention grabbing writing style. Not everyone's perfect, so I guess she just made Lola's character really REAL.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 18, 2018

I would rate Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins 3/5 stars. This is the second book in the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy. I enjoyed how the book incorporated Anna and Étienne from the first book throughout the story. It was interesting to see how they ended up and where they are now. I found that Lola had a very strong personality that wasn’t very relatable to me. She was very into design and was very outgoing, this trait was shown a lot throughout the book, which I personally didn’t enjoy, although if you do relate to her, it would be very interesting. In the book, Lola’s boyfriend is 22 years old, which I really did not like because she was very young. I feel that Lola was being taken advantage of, but she still found Max irresistible. I did enjoy how Cricket was nicer to her though, he showed the type of guy we should all want, he promoted healthy relationships. I would recommend reading this book after Anna and the French Kiss, especially if you enjoy reading pieces by Sarah Dessen and Kasie West.
@Dolphin05 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The novel by Stephanie Perkins " Lola and the Boy Next Door' is a story about Lola the costume designer. She lives in San Francisco with her two dads and is enjoying her life. One day when her childhood neighbors, the Bell twins move back in, she revisits some memories. Calliope Bell was friends with Lola until they got into such a large fight that their friendship was terminated. Lola also remembers that she had feelings for Cricket Bell. Will she try to fix her friendship with Calliope or will she peruse Cricket? Can she do both without hurting the other? This is an interesting story about choices and opportunities which can greatly succeed or can crash down. Lola rushes with many feelings and emotions trying to figure out what to do. I give this book a 3.5/5.
@flarrow_s of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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kenziie
Mar 07, 2018

not as good as anna and the french kiss, honestly i wouldn't take it out again, i enjoyed it but would much rather read anna and the french kiss

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madeline_george22
Aug 08, 2017

Loved it. It wasn't as good as Anna and the French Kiss, but it was still amazing.

fatimax Feb 25, 2017

This book had me crying at the end it was just full of everything amazing <3 honestly better than Anna and the French Kiss but the only thing that bothered me was Max tbh

BostonPL_LauraB Aug 01, 2016

Stephanie Perkins sure does know how to write in a way that makes you feel all of the feels. It is so hard to not say the word "cute" when writing a review on one of her books, because they are just so gosh-darn adorable! Loved this and I have loved her short stories, and am really/excited sad to read Isla and the Happily Ever After because then I won't have anymore cuteness to read about. And sometimes you just need cuteness in your life.

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alexandraSchulz
Jun 28, 2016

pure perfection

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Fishpantspeacock
Jun 02, 2016

Not quite as good as the first book but still a quick fun read. Will definitely pick up and read the third book in the series soon

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KMJ_
Apr 19, 2016

Lola Nolan is an aspiring costume designer who still isn’t over the hurt caused by her neighbor Cricket Bell two years earlier. Lola isn’t particularly likeable and frequently comes across as ridiculous. Lola’s troubled biological mother becomes homeless, placing her fathers in a very difficult position, and Anna is only concerned about the Marie Antoinette costume she is making and the love triangle she has caused. Luckily the other characters make up for it. Anna and Etienne from the first book in the series are prominent characters. Cricket and Calliope Bell should have a spinoff book series all their own because their lives and sibling relationship seem far more interesting.

Kereesa Nov 16, 2015

I loved Lola. I still do.

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CatOverman
Feb 12, 2020

Whit?

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alexandraSchulz
Jun 28, 2016

“I know you aren't perfect. But it's a person's imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”
― Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door

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lucyliu100
Sep 13, 2015

Perfect is boring

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“Life isn’t about what you get, it’s about what you DO with what you get.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“And I hold my head high toward my big entrance, hand in hand with the boy who gave me the moon and the stars.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“I draw him closer by his tie and whisper into his ear, 'Cricket Bell, I have been in love with you for my entire life.'”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“Everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is to not make the same mistake twice.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“I don't believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be same person every day.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“And if I'm the stars, Cricket Bell is entire galaxies.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“There are some people in life that you can't get over.”

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Anita Popescu
Aug 20, 2013

High school senior Lola Nolan is a content teen fashionista with two caring fathers, an intoxicated biological mother, a dog, a sleuth best friend, and a rocker, 22-year-old boyfriend. However, when her old neighbours move back, emotions are re-kindled as she must face the Bell twins, the girl she loves to hate, and the boy she's always hated to love. The novel follows Lola's journey towards learning not what she really wants, but learning the kind of person that she is, and discovering that Cricket Bell changes her in more than one way.

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jazzy_jesse_2938
Jul 24, 2013

This book is about a girl named Lola and her boyfriend Max. Lola has a unique way of showing her personality. Later on in the book Lola realizes that her relationship with Max isn't going to work out. There's that neighbor boy who was Lola's ex-boyfriend. Had he always had feelings for Lola? Does Lola still have feelings for her ex-boyfriend? Read the book to see what happens to Lola and her ex-boyfriend.

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Ciresica
May 21, 2012

Cricket, Lola's neighbor from childhood, moves back in. He's really good looking and Lola starts to feel the feelings she had for him as a child coming back. She still has a crush on him, even when she is dating Max. Max breaks up with Lola when he decides he doesn't want to deal with Lola's parents that always disprove of him. On top of that, he also acts like a jerk, insulting Lola and makes it worse. What will happen? Will Lola forgive him or will she decide to go for her neighbor instead?

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