My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded 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.
My Summary: Lola lives with her parents in an older part of Chicago, perfectly content with her life: she has a cool boyfriend and her future career as a fashion designer looks bright. Lola's New Years Resolution was to never wear the same costume twice, and she's kept it.
But just when she's feeling great about the way things are going, it happens: the Bell family moves back in next door, bringing out all the emotions she's been trying to suppress for years. Their return to town flips Lola's life upside-down, but can she stand to see them leave again without finding out if what's between Cricket and herself is real?
My Thoughts: Another amazing read from Stephanie Perkins! From the moment this book arrived in the mail I couldn't put it down. Seriously. Within 5 hours of opening the mailbox, I'd finished the book.
As usual, Perkin's characters have so much depth and their own individual quirks, making them feel like they could be people you'd meet everyday. The pacing was great, and the writing (of course) was funny, easy to follow, and had just the right amount of imagery. I loved the idea of Lola wanting to show up to the dance looking like Marie Antoinette! And I was so happy when Anna and St. Clair appeared!
The chemistry between Lola and Cricket was great, and I seriously wanted to kick Lola for not realizing he was who she wanted to be with.
Final Thoughts: If you loved Anna & the French Kiss, then you should definitely get yourself a copy of Lola & the Boy Next Door. It was a great read, and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cute story. There are some mature themes, so 16 and up would probably be the age range I'd recommend it for. Go check it out!