"Lola and the Boy Next Door" by Stephanie Perkins

book cover of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola Nolan is one-of-a-kind.  You notice her.  She demands to be noticed with the different costumes she wears every day the brightly colored wigs on her head.  She is a good friend, good daughter to her dads, and a good student.  She is wildly in love with her boyfriend Max, despite the major age difference, and the fact that she seems to be the only person who likes him at all.  So why does she feel so strange and confused with the Bell family moves back into their home next door?  Why do all these old feelings come back, even though she thought she was done and over Cricket Bell?  What exactly is going on here?

This is a companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss – but not really a sequel.  Anna and St. Clair are featured in this book, but as the title clearly states – this story is not about them.  But this book is on the same wavelength…  it is fast, fun, and a love story to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  I just love reading a story like this every once in awhile – though I’ll admit to really wanting to re-read Anna again the minute I finished this one!

I think what I like about Stephanie Perkins’ writing is she seems to create these wonderfully unique characters and it seems effortless.  They are easy to relate to, easy to love, and oh so easy to want to shake them by their shoulders and make them see the truth of their situation.  It isn’t an especially deep book and it isn’t overly emotional either; but it is a really fun, light, and enjoyable read.  I’m looking forward to the third “companion” book due out next year!

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Lola and the Boy Next Door
by Stephanie Perkins
Dutton, 2011
338 pages
Source:  Purchased New
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