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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (September 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525423281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525423287
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Step back--it's going to fly off the shelves."--School Library Journal

"A delectable companion to [Perkins's] debut hit, Anna and the French Kiss."--Kirkus Reviews

"Snappy dialogue...a lively romance."--Publishers Weekly
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Stephanie Perkins (www.stephanieperkins.com) lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband.

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Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books--first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.

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This book made me want to squee and laugh and jump up and down and hug myself.
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I come away from these books feeling like I really know these people and understand what they're going through, and that to me is great storytelling.
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I loved Anna and the French Kiss and was delightfully surprised to find Anna and St Clair in Lola and the Boy Next Door.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Angel Snyder on September 29, 2011
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Excuse me while I fan-girl...
Okay. I'm finished. Not really, but I can't stop smiling! Lola and the Boy Next Door had even more hype leading up to its release than Anna and the French Kiss. I didn't think Lola could live up to Anna, but I was so excited when I got this book in the mail today that I ripped--really, I almost got a paper cut in my rush to open it--right into it. I finished this book in just one sitting.
First things first, I saw that it was signed to me, because my mother is amazing sometimes and ordered me a signed copy from Asheville, North Carolina, from the Lola book release party that I couldn't go to because of family problems. Fan-girl moment again, sorry--but second to that--I jumped right into Lola's world, and I fell in love.

In a way, Lola had me missing Anna. Anna was such a funny, quiet character, and I loved her for it, while Lola was out there and in your face from the first page. But I grew to have a certain fondness of Lola that I only had a few times with Anna and that sealed the deal on this book for me.
Lola is that one girl you see from time-to-time, who is dressed so ridiculously that you can't help but to smile. Lola was out-going, brave, daring, and even a bit too much, if there is ever such a thing. But after a few pages, I loved her and wished she was my new best friend, and clothing designer.

Stephanie Perkins is amazing. She has blown me away and has left me dying for more; just like when I finished Anna and the France Kiss, I have a longing to be in the world her characters live in, and don't even get me started on Cricket Bell!
Cricket was, to put it simply, amazing. He was gorgeous, sweet (God--he was so darn sweet!) gorgeous, caring, gorgeous, smart... did I say gorgeous?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on September 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There are two things that Lola wants at the beginning of the school year: to make the most spectacular Marie Antoinette costume ever, and to go to the winter formal in that costume with her boyfriend, Max. Unfortunately, things really aren't working out for her. It all starts when the Bell twins move back into their house next door to Lola. Lola, Calliope, and Cricket have a history, and Lola has gone to great lengths to avoid them, especially Cricket, after their last disastrous encounter. But despite that, Cricket seems to keep popping up in Lola's life, much to her boyfriend's annoyance. And Lola is discovering that it just might be possible that Cricket has changed. Maybe. But what does that mean for Lola and the life she's made for herself in his absence?

Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, has crafted another delightfully funny, quirky, and charming romantic comedy. Lola is a humorous, zany, and lovable heroine--her feelings where Cricket Bell is concerned are ones that all readers can probably relate to in some capacity, and the amazing costumes, social mishaps, and family drama just make her an achingly genuine character. There is no shortage of swoon-worthy guys in this book--there's the re-appearance to Etienne St. Clair, Lola's sexy (and older) boyfriend Max, and the introduction of sweet, brilliant Cricket Bell. All of the friendships and twisted relationships as Lola suddenly has to juggle Max and Cricket make for an engaging plot with a few unexpected twists. Though Lola and the Boy Next Door is not set in Paris like its companion novel, Perkins does an excellent job at bringing the rich San Francisco setting alive, from Lola's street full of row houses (guess whose bedroom windows are directly across from each other?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Curtis on November 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really, really, really wanted to read LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR. I wanted to read this book from the moment I closed her debut Anna and the French Kiss. I must say that I'm glad that I waited until my library ordered a copy of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR because if I had actually paid money for this book, I would've been very angry. It wasn't the writing, which was great. It was the plot and the characters that drove me crazy.

Maybe I expected too much? I'm going to try to articulate why LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR was a letdown for me. The main reason was that Lola didn't connect with me as a character. Probably because she spent the whole book lying to everyone around her and deception/lying is one of my biggest romance pet peeves. I know that as a teenager that your emotions are haywire and you often lie to yourself and others without meaning to, but that still doesn't make you the best possible choice for the heroine in a romance novel. I needed deeper motivation to justify why Lola spent so much time lying to everyone.

It wasn't only Lola that I had trouble with but I had trouble with the majority of the main characters. The book seemed forced, as if she was trying to live up to the success of Anna and having trouble doing so.

I mean really, what was wrong with Max. He started out like this great character. The only issue that seemed wrong with him was his age (he's 22, she's 17). While that is something to raise an eyebrow about, in the beginning (before the novel went down into lala land for the sake of trying to get Lola and Cricket together) I didn't get why everyone around her freaked so much about it, even she and him. Granted, I might have felt this way because when I was 16/17 I dated a guy while not 22, was 19/20 and out of school.
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