Lola and the Boy Next Door
By: Stephanie Perkins
Synopsis: 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 twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
After reading another novel by Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss (See review here), I was ecstatic to read another one of her books. It's just something about her writing that makes me want to read and then re-read. I love the romance, comedy, and witty statements she gives her characters.
Diving straight into the novel I met Lola, a riveting, unique, state-of-the-art fashion designer. She literally does not give a rip of what people think of her and that's what initially likened her character to me. Then insert Cricket. Her neighbor that she despises and does everything in her power to get away from. Hah, well obviously it doesn't work and he weasels his way back to her life, for better or for worse.
For the fans of Anna and St. Clair, never fear because they are in this story! Not as main characters of course, but they appear here and there. You can't imagine how huge my smile was when they were first introduced, oh man I missed them.
Overall, Lola and the Boy Next Door was a great read, as good as Anna? Not in my opinion, but still entertaining, funny, and cheesy as romance gets.