Monday, January 2, 2012
Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door
By Stephanie Perkins
Recommended by Samantha
First sentence I have three simple wishes.
Lola thought she was over Cricket Bell. She has a hot, new, rocker boyfriend and life is going good, until Cricket moves back in next door.
Well, after enjoying Anna and the French Kiss I knew I'd at least enjoy the writing and characters in any book Stephanie Perkins wrote but when I saw what this one was about I was very excited. I have a thing for stories about the boy next door. (No there's not some psychology behind that, I just do) Still, everyone was saying they liked Anna, better than this one so I started to worry. No need, this one was way better in my opinion. Yes, it's ridiculously romantic and sappy but I knew that's what I was getting into, so I just sat back and enjoyed the romance, the slightly unbelievable romance. Yes, Cricket was so freaking awesome I wanted to date him myself but I've never met anyone in real life like him. Unfortunately. :( I did have two problems with this one and they're just personal taste. One, I enjoyed seeing Anna and St Claire again but their part was almost too big. Anna had her story! It's Lola's turn! I also was impressed and irritated, at the same time, with Perkins' ability to make me yell out loud at the book, "Just kiss already!"
All Perkins' characters are real and memorable but since this one was primarily about Lola and Cricket I'll just share my opinion of them. Lola, was awesome, of course! I loved her style and drama. I even loved her imperfections. I don't think I have to tell you how much I ADORED Cricket but I will anyway. He was such a sweetheart. I think I'm in love!
Would I recommend it?
Yep! I most certainly would!