- Publisher: E P Dutton & Co Inc
- Format: Hardback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 145mm x 211mm x 33mm | 340g
- Publication date: 29 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0525423281
- ISBN 13: 9780525423287
- Sales rank: 5,115
In this companion novel to "Anna and the French Kiss," two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think 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.
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Stephanie Perkins (www.stephanieperkins.com) lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband.
By Kate @ Fictional Thoughts 25 Mar 2013
Dolores Nolan (better known as Lola) is a seventeen year old budding fashion designer. Vowing to never wear the same outfit twice in a calendar year, her clothes are often somewhat eccentric but always an original. Her two dads hate her twenty-two year old on the verge of becoming a rockstar boyfriend, Max. Her birth mother is a fortune telling mess and the Bell twins, Cricket and Calliope, with whom Lola has a feud have just moved back in next door. Senior year is shaping up nicely... and it hasn't even started yet.
Trying to navigate through family issues and wardrobe dilemmas, Lola is just trying to make it though. But Cricket keeps popping up all over the place. In the street, in stores Lola's frequenting - Cricket even turns up at the cinema where Lola works! After what happened two summers before, Lola doesn't know if she can trust him. But feelings become involved and Lola becomes conflicted. Should she choose the hot glamorous older rocker Max or Cricket - the boy next door.
I loved Anna and the French Kiss and the main reason I picked up a copy of Lola was because I'd heard there was a guest appearance of Anna and St. Clair. I'm glad I decided to read Lola's story because it's just as adorable and sweet as Anna's French Kiss.
Lola is fun. She's quirky and adventurous It's not just her fashion sense that's colourful. Her family life was such a delightful contrast to that of Anna's - her dads set curfews, rules regarding boyfriends and keep an eye on just who is coming and going from their daughter's bedroom. Her mother is an interesting character who had a very interesting relationship with Lola. I loved how they all interacted with each other - it felt authentic. Lola's own personal conflict was more than just her love life. She becomes confused to whether it's the girl who makes the costumes or the costumes who make the girl.
And then there's the boys in Lola's life. Max - whom everyone from her best friend Lindsay to her parents and even her colleagues at the cinema thinks is too old for her. I loved the contrast that he provided for Cricket. Oh Cricket. I have so many adjectives I could use to describe this character (who I absolutely adored) but I think the one that fits best is awkward. He's delightfully awkward. In that way that makes him go from a nerd to geek chic in my eyes. I'm a sucker for romantic gestures and Cricket's conversations and general adorableness was the kind that made my heart feel like it had grown five sizes from reading it. He's just that dorky romantic soul that I love reading about.
Anna and St. Clair make a few appearances in this book and whilst it was great to see them again (and that was the main reason why I decided to read this book) there was something about their scenes that felt a little odd to me. It's interesting to see a relationship that blossomed from their point of view to all of a sudden being on the outside looking in. They have certainly matured - both as people and with regards to their relationship. I have to admit that I didn't enjoy reading about their romance as much as I did in their own book but I thought it was a lovely way to tie their story to Lola's.
This book was a joy to read. I loved the romance and the characters. The leads were sweet and fun and the supporting characters kept things interesting and the plot moving along. Isla and the Happily Ever After comes out in September and I know for sure that I'll be purchasing a copy.
By MissPageTurner 05 Mar 2013
Sequins, glitter and colours - that's Dolores' world! And because that name doesn't really keep up with her shiny personality, let's call that girl Lola.
I was cautious at first, not convinced that I would love this new protagonist Lola as much as good old Anna. She is that colourful and crazy and really talented, really creative girl. I can totally identify with creative, still I was afraid that she would be too sparkly. Once I started reading I gave up my resistance fast. Despite her sparkly appearance, she's got a very decent and down-to-earth, reliable personality.
Stephanie Perkins presents unique characters, who fill out the entire story.
Cricket is a complex character himself and although I knew how he felt about certain things it was still so much fun to figure him out every time anew. I loved him, and I wouldn't mind him playing with my mechanisms -does that sound too dirty? He's smart, a nerd, an inventor and has style. Swoon!
Cricket is such a fantastic protagonist and it was a nice change to actually know about his feelings. He isn't the bad boy or in-transparent mystery, he's simply the nice guy living next door. Exactly that makes him so adorable.
We've got several issues like drugs, sex and also the gay couple who are Lola's parents.
I'm pretty open-minded when it comes to such topics, I encourage their thematisation, when dealt within a respectable and serious way.
Lola's two dads are too funny and I appreciated the way Stephanie Perkins pictured their relationship being very serious, at the same time involving light jokes. I was very amused and delighted by the two Dads!
The story is mostly about Lola and her discovering her feelings and what she'll make out of her talent.
I hoped there to be more accentuation on Calliope and Lola's relationship since she's Cricket's twin sister. But I do like that there is so much interaction between Lola and Cricket.
And I was so happy to meet Etienne and Anna again, although funny as it sounds I first didn't get that it was the talk of the French kiss Anna when Lola talked about her co-worker Anna. It's awesome to get the chance to read more about them, their lives and their super cute love.
I can't wait to meet them all again in ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR- Sparkling, shiny and beautiful!
LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR is like that new outfit you'll never want to take off again. This book just fits perfectly and is so comfortable. There are so many contrasts in LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR and it's delightful to have such a crazy and outgoing, extravagant heroine. Lola rocks!
By Amanda 24 May 2012
I've been dying to read this since I finished Anna and the French Kiss back in August 2011. I won this in a Twitter giveaway from Andra and it took a while to get here because of the stupid mail people, and I was SO excited to have it in my possession. But once I finally had it, I couldn't read it! I wanted to SO badly, but I wanted to save it for a time that I got into a major reading slump. Which, I did! And I joined a read-a-thon and read it during that time and it definitely got me out of my slump, though now after I've read it nothing else compares and it really sucks!
It took me a couple of pages to really get into this new character. You can obviously tell Stephanie Perkins wrote this book, she has a certain unique voice to her that makes you fly through the pages of her books before realizing you're already a hundred pages in. But this wasn't Anna, and I was worried she wouldn't be able to compare to her. Which, she doesn't. I do like Anna better. But I absolutely LOVE Lola. She's definitely unique! I'd definitely want to be her friend.
It was hilarious when Anna and St. Clair pop up in this book. At first when I saw the name Anna and the whole thing with Anna's banana necklace, it didn't click for some reason. I was too into the story to notice. But when I read St. Clair's name, oh boy. I freaked out and had to go back a page or so to read where Anna showed up again. And then I was all, "Yay! Anna and St. Clair." and gosh, they are SO freaking cute. And hilarious. Just makes me so jealous!
I love my husband to death, but sometimes I'd love to go back to fresh new love where we wanted to be EVERYWHERE the other way. Sooo cute! But anyway, the characters are so real in this book. For a while Lola was annoying me a bit, I was screaming at her asking her what the hell was up with her with Max. Yes, he's a hot rockstar. BUT he wasn't right for her. I'm not going to go into anymore details about that....
But, oh, Cricket. He's so awkward and cute and makes you want to just snuggle up to him and give him a HUGEEE hug. *le sigh* I'm SO happy with the ending!
Overall, yes, I do love Anna and the French Kiss more. But this definitely was an amazing read and definitely one of my favorite contemporarys. I can't wait for the next companion novel. I'm going to be sad about getting into yet another characters head, but I know it will be great. =D Don't stop writing, Stephanie! You're amazing! I recommend this cute companion novels to EVERYONE! Especially if you're a hopeless romantic and you love contemporary romances. *Sighs with stupid grin on my face*
By Michelle Chew 05 Mar 2012
This is the second book by Stephanie Perkins. If you haven't read her first book, Anna and the French Kiss, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to read it first before Lola (though not really required). You'll not regret reading it. Besides, Anna and Etienne from the first book appears here too, so you won't want to miss it!
This is a girl loves boy since childhood but guys moved away so she got a boyfriend. But then boy is back and she's caught in between so who to choose? Boyfriend or childhood boy? This is the story of Lola and the Boy Next Door. You think this is a normal story? You are so wrong! Lola is talented and has a colorful sense of dressing and what could be more interesting than having 2 fathers? Wow.
Characters are really good. Besides Lola and Cricket (the childhood boy), there's Max (her boyfriend), Lindsey (her best friend), Calliope (Cricket's twin) and more. Each is unique and realistic. What's there to say than to read the book for yourself?
5/5 Stars for Lola and the Boy Next Door.
By I'm Loving Books 05 Dec 2011
After reading Anna and the French Kiss I was seriously ecstatic for this book. I wanted Stephanie Perkins' story to give me the butterflies and the smiles from ear to ear, and the laugh out loud moments that she gave me with Anna. Lola's book didn't quite affect me the way that Anna's book did, but it was still pretty good!
I think when you get right down to it, the thing that didn't strike home for me was Lola. While she's very sweet and I liked her, I couldn't relate to her like I could with Anna. Me and Anna had quite a lot in common, especially personality-wise. I could totally see hanging out and getting along swimmingly with Anna. But Lola is seriously the opposite of me (and Anna) in almost every way. So even though I liked her, I didn't really understand her. She's very outgoing, outspoken, and has a huge personality. I am totally none of those things! lol So, I think for me this brought the whole story down. I need to relate to the main character, and I just couldn't with Lola.
Then we have Cricket. I really liked Cricket, but I didn't feel as strongly about him as I did with St. Clair. If we're talking opposites, he's pretty much the opposite of St. Clair as well. Not that him being tall and shy is a bad thing. It's sweet and endearing. But, I just wasn't getting butterflies for Lola and Cricket. Their chemistry wasn't intense enough (especially in the beginning of the book).
Now once Lola and Cricket got to talking a bit more later on in the book, their story and chemistry got a bit more interesting. I enjoyed watching them fall for each other all over again. I also really enjoyed Lola's family overall. Even Norah. They all just seemed very genuine and like good people and I liked them a lot.
So yeah. I know a lot of people have said they liked this book even better than Anna and the French Kiss, but I am not one of those people. While it was still a sweet book and I still very much enjoy Stephanie Perkins' writing, this one just didn't do it for me as much. I can't even believe I didn't even save a single quote from the book! With Anna I wrote down so many witty comments and conversations that I absolutely adored.
Now that I mention it, I think that's another thing that was missing. This book didn't have as much humor, sarcasm, and witty dialog. I missed that. I also did not like how much Lola felt like she had to lie about lots of things. She sort of seemed like a chronic liar at some points.
But anyways, overall I actually did like the book. It was very sweet and romantic, and the awkward yet exciting moments between Cricket and Lola were fun to read. I definitely still can't wait to read Isla and the Happily Ever After, but I don't think I'll be expecting another Anna going into it like I did with this one.
"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 "