Lola and the Boy Next Door
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twi ...more
This book is such a huge disappointment. I guess this is a typical example of what happens when you fantasize so much about something that you've actually built up this ideal in your mind... which has nothing to do with reality, sadly. Careful people, spoilers ahead.
Because that's the beauty of Lola and the Bo ...more
A.YES, I loved it!
B.YES, it was okay.
C.YES, and I didn’t like it.
D.NO, but I intend to.
E.NO, it’s not for me.
If you picked A, B, or D, please proceed to review #1.
If you picked C or E, please proceed to review #2.
LOVE! This book is fun, fun, fun (til her daddy takes the T-bird away). It has a very similar feeling to its companion novel Anna and the French Kiss—a teenage girl who already has a boyf ...more
Her name is Lo-la. She's a steal-the-show girl.
With purple stripeys in her hair, wearing leggings worthy of Cher.
She's friends with Etienne, and of course, with An-na.
The boy next door draws on his hand, and Lola yearns to understand.
Across their midnight lawn, they talked from dusk til dawn.
They were young and needed each other.
But did the boy next door want more?
At Lola's, Lola Nolan's Casa.
The hottest thing since Etienne and Anna!
At Lola's, Lola Nolan's Ca ...more
I'm definitely going to burn in hell..
Oh, that awkward moment when everybody loves a book and you don't understand why... You know that feeling, right? Well, yeah, I'm pretty much living it.
It's not that I DIDN'T LIKE the book, it's just that I didn't LIKE it.. Does it make any sense to you, because for me there is a whole damn big difference.
Anyways, this is not Anna's book-sister, this is more like the evil stepsister.. It actually managed to raise my blood pressure, unfortunately not in ...more
yes, this is a light and fluffy story. i didnt find it problematic like i did with ‘anna,’ so thats a good thing. but i never connected with the characters and i finally just figured out why.
i appreciate authors trying to make their characters quirky. i get it. everyone has something that makes them awkward and weird. quirky characters are opportunities for re ...more
Yay for warm fuzzies. Stephanie Perkins has a talent and that talent is for making me happy, allowing me to enjoy the entire reading experience, laugh at times and come away with no deep sense of revelation - just the knowledge that I will have to get my hands on whatever she writes next. Her writing may be light and mostly meaningless but it achieves one of the greatest things a book possibly can: fun.
And that's just it... this book is silly, mindless fun. I'm not sure why some people who e ...more
This novel is just such a light, breezy, charming read. The main character, who would normally annoy the ...more
Lola is a really cute story: she is a quirky, raised by gay parents, unique teenage girl.
When her first crush and ex-neighbor, Cricket, reappears on her doorstep after two years, things get complicated because Lola already has a boyfriend, ...more
One thing I have to appreciate about this story is its glaring reminder that is to NEVER EVER ENTER A SERIOUS RELATIONSHIP WHEN YOU’RE UNSURE OF YOURSELF and I know age isn’t always an indication of a person’s maturity but in this case and it’s most often, sixteen year olds are yet on their way to discovering who they are and like what I’ve already mentioned, when you’re 16, be 16. I don’t have to explain that further.^^
Truthfully speaking, I didn’t like the significant first half of the sto ...more
Let me just start by saying that I loved Anna and the French Kiss. It was beyond enjoyable and adorable. But this? Oh my God. Lola and the Boy Next Door is a big fat NO. I'm beyond disappointed.
Cricket is a cutie. I liked Cricket. But, unfortunately, he was not enough to s ...more
You see, Anna and I, we hit it off. She smacked me in the face when I needed a slap, she caressed my
♥ ♥ ♥ ABSOLUTELY CRUSH-WORTHY♥ ♥ ♥
HOLY CRICKET!! I am absolutely in love with Lola and the Boy Next Door! I’m not denying it, I have a HUGE crush on this book and it’s not going away. Stephanie Perkins, without a doubt did it again. She’s managed to tap into my inner giddy making me a shameless book hugger. For fans of Anna and the French Kiss eagerly anticipating Lola and the Boy Next Door breathe with ease. This book is fr ...more
I just finished my first reread of the book, and it was the audiobook version. It was so good! I was so happy to be back with Lola and Cricket again! I love that this story is set in San Fransisco, and I just love all of the characters!
Lola reminds me of ...more
the kind of deliberate not-like-other-girls-y personality, the bright colors / random conversational insertions / unusual hobbies and side interests that characterizes your manic pixie dream girls and your tryhard middle schoolers and your adults possessing internalized misogyny...
i just can't stand it.
i'm a hater. i know it. i can deal with, even cherish, quirks, but quirkiness as the definition of a personality?
this book is a nightmare fo ...more
1. GAH, the cuteness OVERWHELMS ME! *faints*
2. Okay. Serious business guys. Love the story. There are more things going on than just the boy next door. Family, figuring out who you really are, and growing up.
3. Writing is amazing of course. Perkins is able to write her main characters with such a voice. They are complete characters. I love how Lola has interests, and there are issues surrounding her life other than boy problems. And althoug ...more
This is one of the sweetest books I've read.
Lola & The Boy Next Door is a story about finding yourself in yourself, moving on, forgiviness, love and self-acceptance.
In the beggining I had a bit of a hard time. Getting Lola is quite a trip even though I liked her and I can say I'm glad I read this book. Phisycally I'm more like Anna but my personality is like Lola's and that made the re ...more
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!
How the hell am I supposed to review this without seeming sick or desperate?? I have no idea! …. But I’m going to try!
This was AMAZING! I was expecting it to be great, but there was still a part of me cringing at the idea that I might be too demanding and find out that it’s not so good. Well, it surpassed my expectations.
How can I best define Lola and the Boy Next Door?
I literally couldn’t put the book down. It got stuck to my hands. It beca ...more
Reread 8/16/14: oh gosh. Oooohhhh gosh. I forgot how much I loved Cricket Bell. Swooning for the rest of my life ...more
That's it I'm done.
DNFing this one. I honestly can't bear to read one more page.
Can someone please explain the hype to me? Usually when I dislike a popular book I can tell why everyone else loved but with this one I have absolutely no clue.
➨ I didn't like any of the characters. Especially not Lola and Cricket
➨Lola is practically cheating ...more
Two years ago I remember reading the first book in this series and enjoying it. So, when I was looking through the library's audios and saw this one I thought, 'why not.'
First off, I liked this one more than the first book. I know it's been two years since I read book one but this one was more fun to read.
What got my attention right away was LOLA. What an interesting character. She's a senior in high school who has a boyfriend who happens to be five years older than her. Ri ...more
I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to finally read “Lola and the Boy next Door”. I mean, I read “Anna and the French Kiss” five years ago and never even thought about continuing this series even though I loved the first book.
But now I finally read it and I’m so glad about that because LATBND was great. I almost loved it as much as I loved AATFK.
Just like the first book in the series ...more
This book is exactly how I expected it to be. Light, meh main character, and predictable. The main thing I love about this is Stephanie Perkins is just a great writer. She writes contemporary romances so well and I really find it enjoyable to read. I knew going into this that the main thing I wouldn't get along with is Lola. I've heard things about Lola, and kinda had a preconceived notion of her, and my prediction that I wouldn't like her was correct. She just seemed.... ingenuine to m ...more
Stephanie Perkins has not disappointed me yet! Lola and The Boy Next door is about 17 year old Lola (or Dolores, if she's in trouble). She has an older boyfriend, strict parents and a great best friend. Her boyfriend Max is 22, in a band and totally cool. Her dads are strict, but caring and other than their strict dating rules, Lola doesn't mind. Lindsay is her best friend and can sense when something is up or guess how Lola is feeling almost immediately. Lola thinks she's hap...more
first reread: March 8 - 12 , 2016
MARCH 2016: I loved it just as much the 2nd time around!!!
SEPTEMBER 2015: Totally loving these books! I think overall, I liked Anna's story better....but I definitely found more things that I could relate to in this book.
“Just because something isn't practical doesn't mean it's not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.”
I really ended up liking Cricket, he is just...so awkward, and sweet and t ...more
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Other books in the series
One day, the boy had to move away. He couldn't bring the girl with him, so he brought the stars. When he'd look out his window at night, he would start with one. One star. And the boy would make a wish on it, and the wish would be her name.
At the sound of her name, a second star would appear. And then he'd wish her name again, and the stars would double into four. And four became eight, and eight became sixteen, and so on, in the greatest mathematical equation the universe had ever seen. And by the time an hour had passed, the sky would be filled with so many stars that it would wake the neighbors. People wondered who'd turned on the floodlights.
The boy did. By thinking about the girl.”