lola and the boy next door by stephanie perkins – book review

Could the boy from her past he the love of her future?

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more fun, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect in Lola’s world, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend. That is, until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt and anguish that Lola thought was long buried. When talented inventor Cricket 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.

Personally, so far, this was my favourite book from the series. I think the reason for that is that I like Cricket’s character so much, and that is probably because he reminds me of Clark from The Unexpected Everything. This book was pretty good, and I find that a lot of Stephanie Perkins books are quite addicting, because the story is nice, and they’re fairly easy to read; and they’re also the type of romance novel that has a little more depth to it.

I think that this book was really well done, considering it is of the romance genre, because not only does it have the romance, but there is more to the story. You see the character’s struggles in their lives, and not just the love story part, and I think that makes the characters feel more human and alive.

This book has a lot of themes and ideas. Lola’s biological mum is a drunk druggy. Lola lives with her dads. And the situation is that Lola’s mum was unfit to take care of her, so her mum’s brother and his boyfriend decided to take Lola in; considering they always wanted a kid anyway. Then there’s the situation that Lola is dating a guy that is four years older than her. Lola’s boyfriend is also kind of controlling, and doesn’t like hanging out with her friends, or bringing her to meet his friends. So you can see, there are a lot of problems in her world.

The author’s pacing for the book is very consistent. It is fast paced; not so fast that you can’t keep up, but fast enough to keep you interested. I read this book with impressive speed, and I think I should credit that to the writing style, because that, and the story in general, is what kept me engaged.

The story was also good in the sense that the character development and the relationships were consistent. You could really see Lola and her mum becoming closer as the story progressed. You also see, as the story goes on, how unfit Lola and Max are for each other, and how perfect Cricket and Lola are. You can see the differences in the relationships, and how much more caring and thoughtful Cricket is, compared to Max.

There are definitely some cliches in this book, like how she likes the boy next door, and they’ve always liked each other, but there has always been something or someone in the way. Having said that, the author does bring in gay parents, which you don’t see a lot of in young adult contemporary fiction.

Overall this book was quite good, and I would give it a 4/5 stars. It was a bit cheesy at times, and I found myself rolling my eyes, but other than that I don’t really have any complaints.

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Have you read Lola and the Boy Next Door? What did you think of the story?

talk later,

Indy xx

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