REVIEW: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins 
Genre: Contemporary YA
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Published: September 29, 2011 by Dutton

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.

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Why I Read this Book: I hadn’t read Anna and the French Kiss before getting my hands on a copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door but I heard such great things about Anna’s novel that I wanted to read both.

What I Liked: Lola and the Boy Next Door is the companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss. It was nice to see Anna and St. Clair make an appearance in this book. I did like Cricket more than I did St. Clair. Cricket knows what he wants and he wasn’t afraid to express his feelings. St. Clair was in a ‘situation’ that got in the way of his feelings for Anna.

Lola has quite a complex background but everything was explained so I never felt lost. I like the family structure.

I loved the scene where Lindsey, Lola’s BFF, asks why the twins (Cricket and Calliope) aren’t dressed up for Halloween. Calliope tells Lindsey that they are wearing costumes – they’re dressed up as twins. Lindsey asks if they’re fraternal or identical and Cricket replies “I have a penis.”

What I Didn’t Like: I think the relationship between Lola and Max went on a little too long. I didn’t feel the connection between them so I don’t know why they stuck together for as long as they did.

Another thing I wasn’t into was the drama surrounding Lola’s mother. I don’t think it helped the story by keeping the mom in the picture.

Overall Impression: While Contemporary YA is exactly my favorite genre to read (I’m more into riveting, life-changing YA reads or paranormal YA), I still enjoyed reading Lola and the Boy Next Door. I do need to be ‘in the mood’ to read a book like this but it was a cute, sweet story and I look forward to reading Isla and the Happily Ever After when it comes out next year.

The Book Vixen’s Rating:

3 Frogs

About Brianna: Supermom by day, naughty reader by night. Addicted to chocolate, Twitter, her iPad, her Kindle, and 99¢ Kindle deals. You can follow Brianna on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram.


  1. I appreciate your honest opinion of this, especially on a book that everyone gushes about. (Myself included in the gushing!)

    I am about halfway through, and I couldn't agree more that Lola's background is very well explained.

  2. I really liked your review. Even though I adored Anna and the French Kiss I know not everyone did so I like that you didn't just automatically assume you would love Perkin's new book. And even though I am super excited to read this one, I am going to try really hard not to compare the two or have as high of expectations for it.

  3. Amazing Review, I was hoping St. Clair and Anna would make an appearance! Can't wait to read the book. Thanks for the review.

  4. I enjoyed this! I loved Cricket a lot and was happy with his upfront honesty. I did understand Lola and Max's relationship and thought that Lola confronted their issues well once she saw she had feelings for Cricket.


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.