BOOK TITLE: LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR
AUTHOR: STEPHANIE PERKINS
STANDALONE – SECOND BOOK IN THE SERIES
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more sparkly, more fun, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect in Lola’s world, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend. That is, until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt and anguish that Lola thought was long buried.
So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
“I don’t believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be the same person everyday.”
Lola is a seventeen year old girl with a crazy personality. She’s one character that will stick in my mind. Mostly because of her style sense. I love that she is confident and brave enough to be herself.
At the beginning of the book, Lola is dating an older guy who is a rock singer, Max. Lola has had a crush on Cricket for a long time but after one humiliating and misunderstood experience and his sudden move, she chose to resent him. Tucked away her feelings in a box and starts dating a twenty two year old Max who is a lead singer in his rock band.
Cricket comes back and suddenly she feels confused and tangled up in a web. She loves Max but she also have feelings for Cricket.
Cricket... Tall, blue eyes, hair sticking in all directions and related to Graham Bell. He’s somewhat of a science geek, honest and a really nice guy.
He loves Lola and appreciates her for who she is. He’s also respectful to Lola and everyone around him, and that’s a good personality
Max…He’s your typical bad boy, rocker dude, tattooed skin. Some people would claim that his lyrics are ‘angry’. He cared about Lola but he didn’t respect her friends claiming they were too young and immature for him to hang out with.
In the novel, the age gap between Lola and Max is frowned upon. One of the reasons is because Lola is not yet eighteen and Max isn’t exactly the responsible type.
Stephanie Perkins did a good job with this one though there were some bits I didn’t quite like. I should add that she makes a horrible break up scene. It left me quite speechless but she made up for it I guess with how cute the story turned out to be.
With the way the society is growing more, a lot of authors tries to make their books diverse to reach across different readers and I think she did a good job with it.
This novel explores the theme of first love, friendship, protective parent/guardian, indecisiveness, being who you are and how important it is not to make assumptions on something you think happened or someone.
Read the review of the first book in this series