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Lola and the Boy Next Door Hardcover – September 29, 2011

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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

About the Author

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

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (September 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525423281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525423287
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (448 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I am a huge fan of the book Anna and the French Kiss, so I pre-ordered this book with high expectations. I was not disappointed. Stephanie Perkins is an awesome writer who is able to reveal the conflicting and irrational emotions of being in love in a vibrant and enthusiastic way that keeps the reader captivated until the final pages.

Lola is the biological daughter of two messed up 16 year olds. She is raised by the homosexual brother and his partner of her alcoholic mother. She has been in love with the boy next door since she was five, but 2 summers ago, he broke her heart then moved away and she has tried to move on. Lola has always been a unique dresser by having a different "costume" (which includes wigs and themes) each day. She has just turned 17 and is dating a 22 year old rock musician and thinks she is happy. Then Cricket, the boy next door that she was in love with and who hurt her deeply, comes back into her life, and she is a confused mess.

The great surprise of this book is that both Anna and St. Clair are in this book prominently. They don't just show up for a cameo, but are major characters in the story. I love seeing them again. Perkins's characters are wonderfully unique and are filled with the uncertainty, anger, and desire typical of the hormonally charged teenager that feels everything so earnestly. She captures the frustration and delight of falling in love and the confusion of love and its consequences. She also describes Lola's world of hurt and anger and her reactions to it both physically and emotionally.
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