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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
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Oct 04, 2011

it was amazing
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Stephanie Perkins is A-MAAAAAZING! I loved Anna and The French Kiss and was worried this wouldn't compare, but Lola and the Boy Next Door exceeded my expectations! ...and I think I might have even liked this more than Anna and the French Kiss, which I think is because I felt Lola's character and family was much more fleshed out and realistic feeling despite how unconventional she is. I still love Anna, but that was Lola's plus. I honestly felt from the summary that Lola might be a little too pretentious of a character for me, but she wasn't in the least. She's a very bloveable girl. And CRICKET. CRICKET CRICKET CRICKET! When I read that name my little heart goes pitter patter. He has to be one of the best boys in Contemporary YA history. He's a little nerdy, but cool on the other side of the coin and he has a heart of gold.

In my childhood I was a figure skating fanatic. I still have recorded vhs tapes of competitions from nearly every year between 1994-2002. Alexei Yagudin, Elena Berezhanaya and Anton Sikharulidze... Irina Slutskaya! Yes, obviously I root for Russia, but that's to be expected considering. But I loved all the figure skating references. I've never seen that before in YA novel and I was quite cheesed. I loved Lola's costumes and her courage to be so different. And I loved her family. I totally wish I had two dads! I think I could probably go on for forever about what I loved about this book and annoy the hell out of you, so I'll stop and say: READ THIS! It's just that wonderful!

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October 4, 2011 – Started Reading
October 4, 2011 – Shelved
October 4, 2011 –
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46.88% "sooo good!"
October 4, 2011 – Finished Reading
October 5, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites

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