Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Speak
Release Date: September 28th, 2011
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Series: Anna and the French Kiss, #2
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 negihborhood. 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.

my rambles

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to read Lola and the Boy Next Door! I’ve seriously been missing out on the adorableness that is Lola and Cricket (and Anna and St. Clair) since I finished reading Anna and the French Kiss too long ago.

Now, if you’ve never heard of these books before, don’t get turned off by the cheesey titles. And if you have and love these books, then you already understand my obsession. Beware, major fangirling about to ensue.

I want to mention first that I was not expecting there to be SO MUCH ANNA AND ST. CLAIR. THEY’RE ACTUAL SIDE CHARACTERS IN THIS BOOK! What???? I was NOT expecting that, and I LOVED it (hence my use of ALL CAPS).

But back to Lola and Cricket, this book’s main lovebirds. Lola was perfect for her quirky and spunky style. Cricket was perfect because he was that awkward friend from childhood that lived next door. The story was just perfect because it was SO STINKING CUTE.

Okay, this isn’t much of a review, but I’m sorry, I can’t (virtually) talk about this book without (virtually) squealing over the amazing cuteness that is this book. I just can’t. You probably can’t either if you’ve read this book, too.

So, why only 4.5 out of 5? Because although this book had Anna and St. Clair, it didn’t have that same thing (because I don’t know what this thing is to describe it), that their love story did. Naturally I would compare this to Anna, so therefore I took off half.

But if you couldn’t tell from the previous parts of this fangirling excuse of a review, I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door and if you like contemporary romance, you HAVE to read this book! ❤


Week in Review: September 7th A.K.A the Crazy Back-to-School Edition!

Week in Review

What I Did:

Tuesday marked the very first day back to school after a way too short summer. I will say that everything went smoothly and I am loving my classes so far! This past Friday was my first 2 hour block AP Chem class and I am really enjoying it! My teacher has pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch on her wall. I’m not in love with him like some but I think Sherlock is pretty cool so I fangirled a little, I admit! I’m also dabbling in a different kind of art than I normally do: sculpture! I was hoping to get in ceramics, but it wouldn’t fit, so I’m in sculpture but I think it will be such a fun class. And I can’t forget the class that I’ve been meaning to take for years but could never fit: Advertising and Graphic Design!! I am so lucky/happy/excited that my school offers a course for the field of work that I actually want to go into and my teacher already started talking about typography *faints* I’m so going to love this class… And one more school notable thing to mention: my AP Language teacher like sniffing books. We are going to be friends, I can tell! 😛

Also on a completely random note, I’ve been loving the song Ugly Heart by G.R.L. It’s so catchy and I am OBSESSED.

Links I Loved:

Not gonna lie I didn’t read many posts this week because who knew going back to school could be so tiring?!

Books I Added to My Shelves:

[pictures to be added when it stops raining so I can have good light!]


Sever by Lauren DeStefano – The third and final book in The Chemical Garden trilogy. I recently bought book #2 and wanted to have the last one so I could binge read them together!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – I seriously can’t believe I just picked this up…

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – EVERYONE has been talking about this book this summer, so naturally I want to see what it’s all about!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – FINALLY! I’m doing this as a read-a-long with Lillie and Genesis.

For Review:

Suspicion by Alexandra Monir (Random House/NetGalley – Thank you!) – I read the synopsis and I knew that I had to read this one! I requested this a while back and never got accepted until just yesterday so this was a very pleasant surprise! 

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

My most recent read was The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy which was quite disappointing. But I’m hoping to have better luck with Wildlife by Fiona Wood, my current read!

On My Blog:

I hope you all had a wonderful week! I’d love to chat with you all about it!