Published: 29th Sept 2011
Publisher: Dutton's Childrens
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Buy on Amazon: UK I US
For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous, 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 move back into the house next door. When the family returns and Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—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.
Review:WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW. Review Finished!!
Seriously, Lola and the Boy Next Door was just the right book that I needed. Lately I haven't been able to get into any book I pick up. However, when I started this I was glued. It's a worthly companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss.
Lola and the Boy Next Door is about Lola a teenage girl with big plans to become a costume designer. Everything in her life is some what perfect. She has great parents, a wonderful best friend and an older boyfriend who is in a band. However, Lola world is tore apart when the Bell Twins moved back next door. And everything that Lola felt for Cricket Bell is flooding back.
What can I say? No, Seriously what can I even say? After reading Anna and the French Kiss and loving it. My expectations were very very high, And my god they were meet I was not disappointed at all!! These are the types of stories that are light reads that make you fall in love with the characters.
Lola is one of those main characters who is easy to connect with. She has flaws, oh yes major flaws, like putting her idiot boyfriend before her friends. Lying to her parents, leading poor Cricket along. However, it's these flaws that make her wonderful to read because she is a realistic character. And I loved her. She is so unique with quirky fashion style that really makes her stand out. She adores her parents, Nathan and Andy. I really like that. They are such a great, loving family. Now as I said she is flawed, she doesn't always make the right descision. Like her sleeze of a boyfriend Max, argh I hated that guy. He is so creepy and I just wanted to punch him and shake Lola to make her see sense.
Everything changes for Lola when the Bell family move back next door. Cricket and Calliope Bell, Twins who used to be friends with Lola. Calliope comes across as a major Bitch and I honestly didn't like her all that much. BUT Cricket, oh dear god. Cricket, so sweet and lovely. I want a Cricket!!! He is one of the boys that your parents would love, one that would treat you good, one that you really would fall in love. And yes, I did. I fell bad!
Lola and the Boy Next Door just flows perfectly. It keeps your attention and doesn't let it go. Stephanie has yet again took a simple story with teenagers, wrong descisions, and falling in love and turns it into something wonderful and magical that turned me into mush lol.
And as an added bonus Anna and St. Clair from Anna and the french are in this book as well. I actually squealed when they make their first appearance. I thought it was perfect to include them into the book. It gives it that something extra.
So overall, if you haven't guess it I loved loved loved this book. I laughed, cried and gushed over this book it was sooooooooo gooooood!!!!! I beg you please go read it. It's the companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss and even though you don't really need to read Anna before I suggest you do because these books are amazing. And Stephanie has become one of those authors that I will read her books without even reading up on them because she is such a talented writer.
Now I may actually just die having to wait until Fall 2012 for the next book, Isla and the Happily Ever After.