Lola has a great life. She has two (mostly) understanding and wonderful parents. She is an aspiring famous fashion designer. She has a (in Lola’s opinion) wonderful rocker boyfriend, Max, and she has a cute dog. Her life is mostly great until… HE returns. HE is Cricket Bell. Cricket Bell = Lola’s first crush, and first kiss. When Cricket moves back in next door, feelings that were locked in a secret compartment in Lola’s mind (and heart) start to stir…

I thoroughly enjoyed Lola and the Boy Next Door!  Stephanie Perkins  has a way of developing characters that makes you feel like you have known them your whole life. I could totally understand Lola’s feelings (although I couldn’t understand her love of  Max), and she seemed like such a real character. Ah, and Cricket… If you think there is no such thing as falling in love with a book character, your thoughts may just change over the course of this book.

Even if you haven’t read Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (which you should also read) you should definitely read Lola And The Boy Next Door. Be ready for a heart thumping-jaw dropping-crush worthy book! After you finish Lola you WILL be aching for another story by Stephanie Perkins so do not fret, Isla and The Happily Ever After, (the last companion novel to Anna and The French Kiss and Lola and The Boy Next Door) is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2012.

— Erin, age 14

About the Book:
Title: Lola & the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: 08/2011

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