Budding designer Lola has an outrageous sense of style, a hot rocker boyfriend and big plans for the future. Everything is perfect – until Cricket Bell returns to the neighbourhood. When he steps back into her world, Lola must reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. And perhaps discover that true love can be closer than you think.
Lola wants to attend the winter formal with her older, rocker boyfriend (who her dads do NOT approve of), and do so dressed as Marie Antoinette in an incredible dress of her own making. That’s not too much to ask, is it? But then the Bell twins, two people she hoped never to see again, move back in next door. Calliope is easy enough to ignore, but Cricket… He already broke her heart once; she won’t let him do it again. Right?
Love, love, LOVE! Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Speak) is everything I could want in a romantic comedy. Funny and smart, with a few tears and a healthy dose of adorable, I didn’t want to stop reading. Seriously, I got to the end and was like “I just want to read more Lola.”
Those who loved Anna and the French Kiss will equally fall in love with Lola and Cricket (and bonus: we get more Anna and St. Clair! I could read about St. Clair forever). While San Francisco didn’t hold the same alive wonder that Paris held for me in Anna, the setting’s quirks and Lola’s style complement each other well.
This is very much a story about being comfortable in your own skin and figuring out who you are (with or without having to dig beneath layers of wigs and tulle). Lola is by no means perfect but that’s what makes her such a perfect heroine. I loved watching her grow and change as the story progressed—and her inner monologues are just plain hysterical!
If you’re looking for an uplifting, bubbly read that will make you fall head over heels, Lola and the Boy Next Door is it. This book absolutely sparkles. And if this book taught me anything, it’s that sometimes in life you just need some sparkle.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5 hearts)