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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
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Oct 04, 11

bookshelves: contemporary, ya-fiction, romance
Read from October 01 to 02, 2011


First off, I'd like to say how I absolutely love Stephanie Perkins and her writing. Anna And The French Kiss blew me away and touched me deeply. Of course I was looking forward to Lola like crazy. I tried to get my hands on an ARC but I couldn't, so when my hardback copy came in the other day, I was super excited and I read it in a day.
Let me tell you know in one sentence what I thought of Lola and then analyze it a little bit.
Lola was good but it was not Anna.
Yes, I'm afraid comparing these two is inevitable.
And Anna is way better than Lola. My opinion.

So the rating should be 4/5, and for a Perkins book 4/5 is like 2,5/5 for "regular" books. But I added that 0.5 just because it IS a Perkins book.

I digress. As Always.
Let's get the bad out of the way first.
I couldn't connect with either of the protagonists. Well actually, I connected more with Cricket than with Lola. Lola is a person I never knew, not even remotely, someone I never hang out with, someone no one I know knows. She is a complete stranger to me in every way. I found her a little bit over dramatic(the whole almost-fainting thing when she found out that Cricket moved back in the house next door was not necessary), over spoiled, over the top in general about eeeverything.

The't like them at all. They were unnecessarily strict, doing more harm than good. They treated Max like dirt and no, I don't think Max was a jerk. Not at all. He treated her parents with nothing but respect and they were really rude to him. And why? Because he happens to be 22. Pffff big freaking deal!!!Like guys Lola's age can't possibly be colossal douches! But if he was say a company exec or a rich kid, I doubt they would think twice about his age. But noooo. He's 7 years older than our precious little flower AND he's in a band. Ew. Yuck.
What was admittedly wrong, was his behavior towards Lola's BFF. But you know what? That's Lola's fault, too. She could have either set some boundaries right from the start, or she didn't have to put up with it and just dump him. He must have shown signs earlier on. Or did he just conveniently went from being THE ONE to a complete tool just because Cricket came back? That's the problem with triangles in YA. Current boyfriend is super awesome and hot and cool until new guy comes along and the girl tries to justify her attraction to the new guy by suddenly realizing that her current boyfriend is not good enough for her and that she deserve better.
Anna @ Books To Brighten Your Mood actually pointed this out after a discussion we had about Lola. And I completely agree.

Lola herself was veeeery insecure, in my opinion. Granted, the relationship she had with her mother and her mother's condition in general have always weighed down on her.
She was obviously jealous of Calliope (who I really liked by the way, don't know why she was portrayed as such a bitch at first), jealous of her boyfriend(gonna find someone his own age and leave her. Like she couldn't do that. Wait. She did. Oops), jealous of Cricket(when she heard her friend's voice in Cricket's room she grew suspicious??? Give me a break! She is your friend and she has a boyfriend. Chill!)

Cricket. He was such a sweet guy. Very nice, really.
For a friend.
I couldn't see Cricket as a boyfriend. I tried, but failed. I don't know, it just felt that the "romance" part of him was dormant. The attraction between them was totally believable, I was just not attracted to either of them.
I also wanted to know a little bit more about Lyndsey, Lola's BFF. She was just standing by in case Lola needed her, she had no character and no background.

What I really really loved was the Nancy Drew reference. I am a huuuuge fan of ND video games, I played each like 4 times!, and I competely agree with Perkins: George and Bess, they do nothing to help Nancy solve mysteries. No help whatsoever! They only want to gossip and bicker at each other. Ned on the other hand, is a sweet and understanding boyfriend who supports Nancy and helps her. She was right to pick Ned for a nick.
So yeah, if you don't know who the hell Nancy Drew is, skip the last paragraph.

And last but certainly not least, the writing, this amazing talent Perkins has to just suck you into her world. Its flow, it almost has a cinematographic feel to it, like you're watching a movie through the pages. Absolutely beautiful! So despite the fact that I wanted so much more from Lola, I will without a doubt continue reading Perkins's future works.
Because she totally rules. Simple as that.
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Olga αλλοι διαβαζουν για εξεταστικη,κ αλλοι το βιβλιο που περιμενω τοσο καιρο..τι να πεις,

AtenRa Em toso kairo ti ekanes kai den diavazes? e e e???

Olga ela mou nte!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anna Ela na ksekiname....!

AtenRa Ntrepomai pou to lew alla mexris stigmhs san to Anna den einai :(

Anna Xairomai pou to les,gt oute emena mou arese oso i annoula...Den einai kako,alla kamia sxesi me to prwto...Mi se prokatalamvanw kiolas.

AtenRa Nai to vlepw apo twra. Eimai sth mesh. Avrio tha to teleiwsw kai tha sou pw.

Anna Nai den einai toso kalo.Glikouli alla oxi sigklonistiko.K variemai na grapsw to review....Poli

AtenRa Kala ayto exypakouetai :P

message 10: by Anna (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anna Katalava...H idia varemara se diakatexei...

AtenRa Kala den fadazesai poso!

message 12: by Anna (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anna Pistepse me fantazomai!De mporw na grapsw oute mia grammi!K mono pou to skeftomai me pianei ponokefalos...

Ioanna Πωπωπωπω!!!! και νόμιζα οτι μόνο εγώ το σκέφτηκα οτι δεν συγκρίνεται με το άλλο και πόσο πάρα πολύ μου άρεσε το άλλο και αυτό απλά γλυκό και όχι συγκλονιστικό....!!!Μου θύμισε κανά δυο άλλα βιβλία παρόμοια που η κοπέλα τα έχει με άλλον αλλά κατά βάθος και πλάτος αγαπάει τον γείτονα....

AtenRa Nai kanonika eprepe na valw 4 alla lew asto, tha valw 4,5 mono kai mono gia to grapsimo. Alla eixa polla themata me to vivlio.

message 15: by Olga (new) - rated it 4 stars

Olga μη μου λες τετοια:(:(:(

AtenRa Nai, einai alhtheia. Alla einai proswpikh mou gnwmh, kapoia pragmata pou emena me xalasan kai borei allous oxi.

message 17: by Olga (new) - rated it 4 stars

Olga toylaxiston to grapsimo paramenei kalo...kati einai kai ayto!!!! pistepse me apo to na diavazeis proistorikh arxaiologia pou diavazw egw twra otidhpote allo einai fantastiko...

AtenRa Tha symfwnhsw :D

message 19: by Olga (new) - rated it 4 stars

Olga .....sigh..............pffffffffffffff..................apelpisthka

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Alkyoni na mai ki egw san ton maintanoooo. Den exw diavasei oute to ena oute to allo akoma, thn Anna 8a diavasw mesa sthn evdomada, alla exw ena proais8hma oti ayto 8a mou aresei pio poly. Gia na doume..

Ioanna WOW!!!!!!!!What an awesome 5stars review Giota!Really amazing!Loved it more than the book...hehehehe!

ps:I don't know who the hell Nancy Drew is...but I read the whole paragraph:P

AtenRa Siga th 5star review! Kanonika tetoio review tha prepe na tane gia 2 stars alla telos pantwn. Opoios th diavazei tha nomizei oti eimai schizo, oti na nai rating k oti na nai review!
Alkyoni, perimenw na mou peis gia thn Anna!

Macy  (It's a Book Thing) The fact that you loved the Nancy Drew references too and admitted to playing the games made my day. I totally just spent all day replaying Message in a Haunted Mansion! Anyway, great review!!! :D

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