Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door

There is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN13 here.Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out...

Title:Lola and the Boy Next Door
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ISBN:0525423281
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages

Lola and the Boy Next Door Reviews

  • Ariana
    Dec 23, 2010

    I'm definitely going to burn in hell..

    Oh, that awkward moment when everybody loves a book and you don't understand why... You know that feeling, right? Well, yeah, I'm pretty much living it.

    It's not that I DIDN'T LIKE the book, it's just that I didn't LIKE it.. Does it make any sense to you, because for me there is a whole damn big difference.

    Anyways, this is not Anna's book-sister, this is more like the evil stepsister.. It  actually managed to  raise my blood pressure, unfortunately not in a

    I'm definitely going to burn in hell..

    Oh, that awkward moment when everybody loves a book and you don't understand why... You know that feeling, right? Well, yeah, I'm pretty much living it.

    It's not that I DIDN'T LIKE the book, it's just that I didn't LIKE it.. Does it make any sense to you, because for me there is a whole damn big difference.

    Anyways, this is not Anna's book-sister, this is more like the evil stepsister.. It  actually managed to  raise my blood pressure, unfortunately not in a

    kind of way.

    I've generously given this book 2.5 stars because I love Stephanie's style. Not only because I loved

    but because I follow Stephanie's  blog and I love her posts, her wittiness, her optimism, her joy of life. She makes me laugh a lot.. But Lola, Lola was just not right for me and I really struggled to understand why did all those people love it so much.

    First I didn't like (whinny) Lola.. Or (dorky) Cricket for a matter of fact. (Yes, I know you all love him but I just can't understand why)

    Then I liked Max.

    Did you just have a heart attack? No? Ok then, Because i need you to listen to me.

    I'll start from the beginning...

    I didn't care about her, her wigs, her pink and glittering room, her past with the twins, and her memories from when she was 5 years old.

    I found her to be really immature, and she was complaining way too much.

    She kept denying her feelings for 3/4 of the book and when her best friend (Lindsey) said that it was obvious that she liked Cricket then *bang* the truth hit her.

    No s**t.. after 200 pages of whining about how he hurt you, and how you don't want to like him, and how you like him but you want to be with your boyfriend (to whom you lie all the time BTW). The realization just hit you one moment... just like that?

    And I had to hear you all that time complaining and complaining, and playing with Cricket's feelings just.. because...?!

    Let me tell you this:

    In "

    " there was this cute flirting between the main characters and some nice friendship going on.. I understood why Anna liked Etienne, even as confusing as the situation was.

    In this one I felt sorry for Cricket. He was begging for love from the moment he confessed that he liked her (only a few days after he came back). He was always there for her, like a faithful dog, it broke my heart, really!

    2. CRICKET:

    Talking about Cricket.. He's been described by other reviewers as this sexy geek, swoon worthy that would steal everyone's heart. (no really?!)

    Did I read the same book?

    *clearing throat*

    Except for his tight pants (yes, apparently he had sexy pants for all I know from Lola's obsessive thinking) there was

    sexy about him (of course, in my opinion). All Lola's memories of him are awkward and he is described as something totally different and unattractive, and I had a hard time understanding why did she like him in the first place.

    Because he was the only kid in the world not saying bad things to her? Because he was the boy next door and it's nice to have a crush on your neighbor? I don't know why!

    And then he was mostly absent from this book, coming home only for weekends (not even all of them). Yes she thought about him

    , from the very beginning, because she was obsessing about him. She said she was unhappy because he came back, but right before that she was whining about losing him. Even in the beginning. She couldn't say something about her boyfriend without remembering the boy next door.

    But it's all his fault.. She had the nerve to say that it was

    that she was thinking about him.. yeah, blame it all on his return..

    Do I need to quote her on the first page talking about him when he was not even back yet? No?

    OK, then I rest my case.

    Her family was weird.. I couldn't understand why they were so involved in her life, not agreeing with anything.

    All she did was wrong, no matter what.

    You like Max? Wrong!

    You like Cricket? Wrong! (if he comes to your room)

    Are you too happy.. Are you sad? Wrong, wrong, wrong!

    I hated the protective fathers... As Max said: one is horrible, 2 unbearable.. I agree!

    What was that obsession about the age difference?

    There is something called trust, you know, and you should trust your kids (because if they want to have sex with someone they will do it even with someone their age, there's no need to find someone 5 years older.. Just saying).

    Still, I liked Alec. He was the 'good father'.  I liked the advices that he gave Lola., how he was there for her, and also I liked that he told her when she was doing something wrong. In a nice way. He was not as absurd as Nathan.

    As for her mother, she was a mess.

    With a family like that I don't wonder why is Lola so vulnerable and unsecure and undecided.

    Lindsey was a crappy friend, and there was no trust between them either.

    In "Anna" I loved the friendship between all those characters, in this one it felt simply unnecessary... Lindsey was there just to crack a joke from time to time, and to boss around telling Lola if she was allowed to like Cricket or not (and to complain about Lola's boyfriend.. what a horrible thing to do - no wonder why Max didn't like her either).  And they were so different that I wondered why in the world were they friends anyways..

    Anna and Etienne were there, but not even they made a good appearance. They were not close friends to Lola, and their relationship with her seemed a bit forced. I hated when Lola let down Anna when she promised to introduce Anna to her boyfriend (Max).

    , but I wasn't suppose too, and he turned out conveniently mean in the end, just to make a point: he was older, he was no good for her, he was not to be trusted, he had to become a jerk, he had to break your heart. DONE! (BTW, when you break up with someone because you like someone else, are you allowed to tell that

    broke your heart? I didn't think so!)

    Anyways I felt sorry for him, because I knew that Lola never really liked him, and she was with him only because he was older and she wanted just to show off in front of her friends and to piss her parents.

    But he was nice, and smart, and he tried a lot to make thing right. He was the only sane character in the book! I was sorry to see him change (personality wise) at the end only to make the situation easier for Lola. What a shame!

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    All through this book I kept thinking: how in the world would I understand Lola, if she went against everything I believe in?

    How could I enjoy her complaining about losing a guy I couldn't care less about (because she made me hate him in the first place), how could I be there for her while lying to her boyfriend (that I actually liked), and so on.

    I understood Etienne in the first book, the story worked in his case... His dad was a big jerk and his mother was dying, and he needed to have something permanent in his life, something to be somehow certain about.. That's why he didn't break up with Ellie, but what is Lola's excuse? Cricket told her what he felt almost in the beginning, and she was toying with his feelings. Remember how some people said that Etienne was playing with Anna's feelings? Well, meet Lola, she is even worse.

    There were some few funny moments, yes, but other than those this book was mostly depressing, with Lola complaining about her love life, and her mother, and Max, and her fathers, and the

    . (oh boy, not the twins again!)

    I still want to read the next book, I can't wait for it, but "Lola and the boy next door" was simply not a book for me.

    When I read about Christmas in this one, I remembered the Christmas scene from the other one, with the phone calls and messages, oh, it was so damn cute.

    Even if I didn't like this book as much as I wanted, I can give it credit for making me want to read "

    " again, and for making me hope that "

    " will be better.

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    PS: sorry, Jo, that I didn't love this book as you did. I'm glad that you liked it better! :)

    God, I'm counting the days here.. ♥

    Update:

    No, scratch that, I'm kidding.. I am so happy for you :) *sigh*

  • tonya.
    Jan 23, 2011

    Here's the thing. I think Stephanie Perkins is in my head. Or at least my daydreams. How else could she consistently write characters that seem to be tailor-made to hit my flutter buttons? Etienne for my anglophilia, Max for my tattooed, Buddy Holly glasses wearing

    rocker boy, and Cricket. Cricket for everything I've ever wanted in a

    boy.

    Because that's the beauty of

    Here's the thing. I think Stephanie Perkins is in my head. Or at least my daydreams. How else could she consistently write characters that seem to be tailor-made to hit my flutter buttons? Etienne for my anglophilia, Max for my tattooed, Buddy Holly glasses wearing

    rocker boy, and Cricket. Cricket for everything I've ever wanted in a

    boy.

    Because that's the beauty of

    . It's real. As much as I loved

    (and I looooooooooooooooooooove

    ),

    was better on nearly every level because it felt

    . Anna was by no means a fairy tale without the struggle of realism, but there were some elements that took it to daydream level. Paris. Beautiful, charming British boy. The big, dramatic (incredibly swoontastic) ending.

    is different. They aren't in Paris, and Cricket isn't a dashing, gorgeous Brit. He's just a normal boy. A normal, awkward, amazingly sweet boy who I can't even find words to describe. (Except for, you know, those...)

    I won't say anything about the story itself, except Stephanie Perkins manages to surprise me with the depth she gives her characters and their circumstances. Lola made me ache; I went through each moment of impulse, confusion, and agonizing indecision with her. I laughed with her, I certainly cried with her more than I expected to, and I swooned so hard that by the last section I was literally reading standing up because I was FEELING TOO MANY FEELINGS to sit.

    is everything first love should be--painful, awkward, desperate, tender and so, so sweet.

    And as I read Perkins' acknowledgements at the end, I found myself tearing up again at her note to her husband. I realized why she is able to write such amazingly real and heartfelt love stories. It's because she's lived it.

    comes out in September. I can't wait to swoon with you!

  • Flannery
    Jun 17, 2011

    A.YES, I loved it!

    B.YES, it was okay.

    C.YES, and I didn’t like it.

    D.NO, but I intend to.

    E.NO, it’s not for me.

    If you picked A, B, or D, please proceed to review #1.

    If you picked C or E, please proceed to review #2.

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    LOVE! This book is fun, fun, fun (til her daddy takes the T-bird away). It has a very similar feeling to its companion novel

    —a teenage girl who already has a boyf

    A.YES, I loved it!

    B.YES, it was okay.

    C.YES, and I didn’t like it.

    D.NO, but I intend to.

    E.NO, it’s not for me.

    If you picked A, B, or D, please proceed to review #1.

    If you picked C or E, please proceed to review #2.

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    LOVE! This book is fun, fun, fun (til her daddy takes the T-bird away). It has a very similar feeling to its companion novel

    —a teenage girl who already has a boyfriend falls for a guy who seems practically perfect in every way, except his family doesn’t appreciate him as much as they should. The current boyfriend is sort of a douchebag and plays in a band and the protag is quirky. The main character in this one, Delores (Lola) Nolan, lives with her two dads in San Francisco. (Remember that show ‘My Two Dads’? I totally forgot about it until this moment) She loves fashion and spends a ton of her time designing and sewing costumes and putting together all sorts of crazy outfits. In the first few pages, Lola sees a moving truck and I think it is no spoiler who is moving in NEXT DOOR-- her love interest. (see: title of the book) Cricket Bell is tall, stylish, and always inventing all sorts of things. His family’s been on the move a lot because his sister is a world-class figure skater and her career dominates the family. Lola’s never gotten along with Calliope but she got along fine (*winkwinknudgenudge*) with Cricket before they moved away two years prior. That is, except for the last day she saw him. Now he’s back and it is reconciliation time. There’s only one boyfriend standing in the way.

    Lola frustrated me a bit because several of her problems are self-inflicted. I know it isn’t always the easy thing to do but if you are dating someone and totally have the hots for someone else, you are a huge d-bag if you don’t break it off. Sure, the other person’s feelings will be hurt but no one likes looking like a fool after the fact.

    I did like Lola as a character but I wish/ed that she would man up, stop leading Cricket on, and be a better friend to Lindsay.

    Anna and St. Clair make much more of an appearance than I thought they would. They actual show up throughout the entire novel and it was a plus and minus situation for me. I was happy to see characters I knew but I have probably read 100 books since Anna and I no longer remembered the details of their true love always and forever relationship so their constant togetherness was a bit off-putting to me. Like those newish couples who are always PDAing all over the place.

    I’m a pretty huge sucker for boy next door stories. Or really any situation where someone awesome has been under the protag’s nose for years. I hope I am not making it sound like I hated this book. I was annoyed with Lola quite a bit but I really LOVED most of this book. And you know what made this book even better for me? That my friends sent it to me with their comments written in it. I absolutely adored reading their thoughts and adding my own for people later on the tour list.

    I really enjoyed this and will keep reading anything Stephanie Perkins writes…but a little more than a little of me wants to see how she handles something other than this storyline.

    Thank you so, so much Arlene for sharing your copy with me!

    You probably won’t like this book. Move along, nothing to see here.

  • Tatiana
    Jun 22, 2011

    I don't know how I am going to justify this rating. Books like

    rarely work for me. I dislike chick-lit, I dislike two-timing/emotionally cheating/lying heroines, I dislike when the "wrong" guy in books with love triangles is vilified at the last minute to make it right for the heroine to break up with him. And yet I liked this book that contains all these elements.

    This novel is just such a light, breezy, charming read. The main character, who would normally annoy the

    I don't know how I am going to justify this rating. Books like

    rarely work for me. I dislike chick-lit, I dislike two-timing/emotionally cheating/lying heroines, I dislike when the "wrong" guy in books with love triangles is vilified at the last minute to make it right for the heroine to break up with him. And yet I liked this book that contains all these elements.

    This novel is just such a light, breezy, charming read. The main character, who would normally annoy the hell out of me with her obsession with clothes, glitter, tiaras, has a very relatable voice. Reading

    was an infinitely relaxing experience. This book is filled to the brim with cuteness - cute boys, cute families, cute locations and cute crushes. Perkins' special gift is bringing back the memories of young love and excitements and heartaches that come with it. (I would have preferred this book without sex though.)

    My excuse for liking

    debut novel

    was that I read it around Christmas and it hit just the right spot then. My excuse now will be that I read

    by the pool under the Florida sun in October and it is a perfect beach read. I am running out of the excuses here, so I guess I should just accept the fact that while I have no love for chick-lit, Perkins has a talent to convert even this jaded hater into a fan. There is no doubt, I will be reading

    .

  • Limonessa
    Jun 22, 2011

    The thing about

    is that, since it's a companion book, it's inevitable to make a comparison with

    which, in this case, comes out as a disadvantage because, as far as I am concerned, Anna is the absolute winner.

    is a really cute story: she is a quirky, raised by gay parents, unique teenage girl.

    When her first crush and ex-neighbor, Cricket, reappears on her doorstep after two years, things get complicated because Lola already has a boyfriend,

    The thing about

    is that, since it's a companion book, it's inevitable to make a comparison with

    which, in this case, comes out as a disadvantage because, as far as I am concerned, Anna is the absolute winner.

    is a really cute story: she is a quirky, raised by gay parents, unique teenage girl.

    When her first crush and ex-neighbor, Cricket, reappears on her doorstep after two years, things get complicated because Lola already has a boyfriend, Max, five years older than her, much more experienced.

    As Cricket slowly worms his was back into her life - and into her heart - Lola will have to learn how to be honest with herself - and she will learn it the hard way.

    I'll admit I had high expectations for this book and while it's certainly enjoyable and relaxing, it failed to deliver repeatedly for me.

    Whereas Anna's story, while still being fluffy, was more believable, less shallow and more charming, Lola's story was definitely more clichéd, more puerile and felt forced in more than one occasion.

    The most striking example of this "forcedness" is Max.

    I didn't like how he first gets presented as an awesome boyfriend and then, quite conveniently, ends up being the asshole in a total unreasonable way. It was done unreasonably and felt so contrived, that when he does become an asshole and I was supposed to despise him I just couldn't bring myself to and I still liked him from before!

    I wonder if it all has to do with the fact that the 5 years of difference in age between Lola and Max are taken as a big NO NO right from the start, because frankly, I didn't buy it. I had a 22 years old boyfriend when I was 17 and it was NOT a big deal. But, since it's taken for granted here that Max is too old for Lola, let's just make him the EVIL guy. The way the author deals with his character royally pissed me off. It wasn't smooth AT ALL.

    But the same goes for the other characters: basically, they were just

    black or white, they lacked depth and originality: Cricket was just too damn good for his own sake, Max too damn bad (kind of in a beautiful and damned way), Lola too damn in self denial: what she says to Max when she goes to his apartment? So not cool, girl. My eye was twitching madly during that passage.

    Still, it's a book I'd recommend if you're looking for something quite readable and relaxing AND you loved

    . Perkins certainly knows how to write a story and make her dialogues interesting. It's a colorful book, as colorful as its cover, despite the psycho-looking girl there.

    I just wish there had been a little more to it, a bit more

    . Anna was definitely more fun for me.

  • Lyndsey
    Jul 24, 2011

    Her name is Lo-la. She's a steal-the-show girl.

    With purple stripeys in her hair, wearing leggings worthy of Cher.

    She's friends with Etienne, and of course, with An-na.

    The boy next door draws on his hand, and Lola yearns to understand.

    Across their midnight lawn, they talked from dusk til dawn.

    They were young and needed each other.

    But did the boy next door want more?

    At Lola's, Lola Nolan's Casa.

    The hottest thing since Etienne and Anna!

    At Lola's, Lola Nolan's Ca

    Her name is Lo-la. She's a steal-the-show girl.

    With purple stripeys in her hair, wearing leggings worthy of Cher.

    She's friends with Etienne, and of course, with An-na.

    The boy next door draws on his hand, and Lola yearns to understand.

    Across their midnight lawn, they talked from dusk til dawn.

    They were young and needed each other.

    But did the boy next door want more?

    At Lola's, Lola Nolan's Casa.

    The hottest thing since Etienne and Anna!

    At Lola's, Lola Nolan's Casa.

    Music, and passion, and geek hipster fashion.

    At Lola's... They fell in love.

    His name is Cricket.

    He's an inventor.

    He hangs out his window, and keeps his voice real low.

    And when she's within ear, he beckons her near.

    But Cricket wouldn't go too far.

    Because Lola had some scars.

    And then the tension grew, and hearts were ripped in two.

    There was love and some rough nights.

    But just who caused the fight?

    At Lola's, Lola Nolan's Casa.

    The most angst since Etienne and Anna!

    At Lola's, Lola Nolan's Casa.

    Sequins and tassels and two gay dad rascals!

    At Lola's... She lost her love.

    Her name is Lo-la, still a steal-the-show girl.

    But she's been through teenage hell, all thanks to Cricket Bell.

    Now it's make or break it, for a relationship.

    But she still has a boyfriend.

    Did I forget to mention him?

    Her path is undefined, she's losing half her mind.

    She's in a bind and in a crunch.

    Now she's about to lose her lunch!

    At Lola's, Lola Nolan's Casa.

    The best fun since Etienne and Anna.

    At Lola's, Lola Nolan's Casa.

    Hair clips and lashes and grand high school dances.

    At Lola's... Does she get her love?

    Does she get her love?

  • Sophia.
    Oct 02, 2011

    Oh, gosh. I really cannot understand all the good reviews for this book (even if half of them were given BEFORE the book actually came out, which, if you ask me, is completely stupid). To say it's overrated is an understatement.

    This book is such a huge disappointment. I guess this is a typical example of what happens when you fantasize so much about something that you've actually built up this ideal in your mind... which has nothing to do with reality, sadly. Careful people,

    .

    I'd

    Oh, gosh. I really cannot understand all the good reviews for this book (even if half of them were given BEFORE the book actually came out, which, if you ask me, is completely stupid). To say it's overrated is an understatement.

    This book is such a huge disappointment. I guess this is a typical example of what happens when you fantasize so much about something that you've actually built up this ideal in your mind... which has nothing to do with reality, sadly. Careful people,

    .

    I'd like to begin by saying that I am a big fan of

    . That book's a master piece, clearly. I absolutely loved Stephanie Perkins' writing and I couldn't wait to read the companion book.

    But unfortunately, Lola and the Boy Next Door feels like.. I don't know, the biggest letdown of the year?

    First off, I have to say it; Lola surely is the most unbelievable and unlikable narrator, I have ever had the misfortune to read about. I'm sorry. I really wanted to like her, I did. But I hated her. I'm just one year older than she is, but all along the book, I felt like she was twelve. Her reactions, her constant lies, her attitude, everything bothered me... her dress code on top.

    Okay. So I understand the concept of wanting to be different, as well as being into fashion. But this just felt

    . Seriously, big fake sparkly eyelashes and prom dresses and WIGS every day ?

    And how is this supposed to make her relatable?

    She's self-centered and instead of making her look original, that just showed bad taste and immaturity. At some point she goes to school wearing a dress made out of a sheet and some Cleopatrian make up, hum, hello, ARE YOU FOR REAL?!

    I understand if you're like eight or if it's Halloween or whatever but being a junior and all?

    How come her parents don't say anything? Aren't they supposed to have a say in their kid's image or something? Don't they ever wonder why she feels the necessity of hiding herself? Of wearing outfits that make her absolutely unrecognizable in the streets? Don't they

    think it might be more than teenage drama? What kind of parents wouldn't sit the kid down and try to figure out what's going on?

    I kept thinking that Lola was disturbed

    and I knew from the very first scenes I wouldn't like her. She made this HUGE deal out of what happened with the Bells two years ago, nearly passing out when she learns they've come back, breaking plates and all, and when you discover what the whole drama is about, it's pathetic.

    . Over-reacting is her middle name, I swear.

    Which naturally brings me to talk about the main hero of the story, Cricket.

    . It was just so irritating, it bugged (no pun intended) me the whole time and because of that, I was never, ever able to visualize him as a potential hottie.

    Imagine you're at the hospital. After 9 months of long and exhausting pregnancy, you now have your baby boy in your arms, and he's perfect. And the smiling nurse comes to you and say "What will be the name of that

    ?" and you say ...

    .

    Perkins worked on that book with a simple goal: make teenage girls swoon over the characters, and over the story.

    But for the love of God, people, just tell me!

    HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO BE SWOONING OVER THAT?

    So I'm sorry. I really am.

    . It's beyond what I can accept. (And don't even get me started on the too-short-pants-and-pointy-red-shoes, because it's painfully obvious how Perkins tried to give him a wannabe "edgy"/hipster/rock n' roll attitude = so cool. Not. It's geeky and unattractive.)

    Basically, I think what was really disturbing in that story is the lack of any realistic element whatsoever. Simplicity anyone ? Not here:

    The names (Dolores

    ? Cricket? Calliope? Come on now!), the characters, the personalities, the outfits (Lola's and Cricket's, for that matter), family situations (I hate it when authors try to send a message like this. What was that supposed to mean? That gay parents can raise a kid just as well as any straight parents? As far as I'm concerned I didn't think that Lola was a normal teenager. Any social worker would be seriously concerned to see her wearing her freakin' Marie Antoinette dress...), the whole inventor thing (Do I even need to talk about that?), as well as the

    (honestly? Like you're seventeen, and you sit on your balcony and talk out loud to the moon, all of this when your window is two inches away from your crush's window? Riight). Nothing felt REAL!

    Perkins tried too much to differentiate her characters, just so her book would be nothing like the clichés of the YA lit world. She tried too hard.

    . Everything was overdone. And the thing is, she doesn't even need to try that hard!

    Perkins is an amazing writer; her work can be amazing, where tons of others just fail miserably. She doesn't need to develop extraordinary characters. Anna didn't have anything special but she was adorable.

    Also, the love triangle was very badly achieved. From the first page, I think, Lola describes Max with the words "tattooed, 22 years old, rock star, pot-addicted, hated by the parents"... I mean, hey, diabolizing much ? (And a five year difference isn't SUCH a big deal. No, it just isn't. St Clair's reaction was ridiculous. Seriously, grow the fuck up Lola. If you keep thinking he's too old to the point of screwing up your relationship, then you're definitely too young.)

    You know what, I think that's precisely the problem actually. Lola felt too young. Like Perkins aimed the book at a younger audience.

    And of course, there's the whole "reverse plot" that everyone spotted. Now it's Lola who's in a relationship, and she has sex YOU GUYS so she's MATURE! But the whole detective thing with her best friend and everything.. It really felt like she was still a young teenager, and that's not what I want to read. I personally like it better when the characters of the books I read are a bit older than me (I suppose it makes me expect great adventures for the years to come or something like that).. But here, I felt like I'd borrowed a book from the middle school's library. And when Lola's acting like a stupid toddler.. it just makes me want to close that damn book and move on.

    And the title was also a bad choice. Yes, yes, it's cute and all the 13 year olds will love it but since you know that the title is "boy next door", it was so obviouuus. So Lola virtually spends the whole story with some guy who you just KNOW is the wrong one. The more you read, the more Max is being described as an asshole - in case you didn't know you HAD to hate him and expect

    Cricket to come and end up with Lola.

    The whole goal of love triangles is that you ache NOT knowing what choice would be the best.. Here, we're just left waiting for Lola to open her eyes and stop acting like a lying kid.

    .

    There's another problem, which was SO irritating I wanted to throw the book away. Anna and Etienne. Please. PLEASE. I adored them in their OWN book, here they're just this ridiculous idealized version of a perfect couple, and I found myself cringing whenever they were saying cheesy pseudo romantic bullshit. I mean come on. Like, three months ago, Etienne was still with Ellie, doing his Spanish homework and whining like a baby that he didn't want to be alooone. So don't blame me for laughing out loud when he says oh-so-very-seriously "When you know, you know!"

    Which makes me think about this awful scene that I found absolutely

    :

    So Lola's upset and she wants to talk about it with Anna, but she says reluctantly "I know you're just going to repeat everything to St Clair."

    Silly me.

    Anna actually GRINS broadly and says "Yep".

    (YEP. I swear that's what she answers!)

    So basically, Perkins, being with someone means you can no longer be a friend and keep a secret without telling your

    soul mate?

    It was really annoying that repeatedly throughout the book, Etienne's mentioned as the-guy-ALWAYS-sticking-around-Anna, I don't think it's healthy not to have certain aspects of your life where you can be apart from each other. Besides, some stuff like the shrugs of Etienne were okay when it was noticed from Anna's point of view, here I think it was too much (

    ).

    Overall, I'd say I couldn't bring myself to care about the (very boring) description of San Fransisco ; or the characters, or the plot, or anything, really. Actually I skimmed

    through the book and while reading other reviews, I realized that I've missed a good part of the actual story.

    It's a shame because I know what Perkins can do and this is why I won't give up on her. I'm sorta curious of her new book. Which I think is about Isla & Josh from

    . That does seem cool, Josh has the potential to be really interesting. I also read somewhere it took place in Paris or something so maybe it'll be better than this one. I hope so, anyway. Thanks for reading !["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    May 29, 2016

    One thing I have to appreciate about this story is its glaring reminder that is to

    and I know age isn’t always an indication of a person’s maturity but in this case and it’s most often, sixteen year olds are yet on their way to discovering who they are and like what I’ve already mentioned, when you’re 16, be 16. I don’t have to explain that further.^^

    Truthfully speaking, I didn’t like the significant first half of the story

    One thing I have to appreciate about this story is its glaring reminder that is to

    and I know age isn’t always an indication of a person’s maturity but in this case and it’s most often, sixteen year olds are yet on their way to discovering who they are and like what I’ve already mentioned, when you’re 16, be 16. I don’t have to explain that further.^^

    Truthfully speaking, I didn’t like the significant first half of the story AT ALL. I didn’t like Lola’s selfishness and indecisiveness and I hated that because of her uncertainties, she had to string along two perfectly great guys at the same time, thus creating the most terrible love triangle in the history of contemporary YA romance. I also hated this other guy’s character development. Why does he have to be a jerk in the end just to solve the main problem?

    But just when I was ready to give this a final rating of two stars because I thought there was no possible way to resolve the conflict and give it a decent ending, somehow, the author still managed to do it. It was a relief that at least, Lola realizes all her flaws and fully admits to them and when she started to come to realize her faults, it’s when I started to enjoy the story. I especially liked that when Lola chooses to, she could show all these great qualities about herself like her creativity and cheerfulness. It was also cute to see a glimpse of Anna and Etienne’s relationship.

    To sum it up, it was generally still a worthwhile, entertaining read and although several parts annoyed the heck out of me, there’s this truthfulness and honesty to the story that I couldn’t help appreciate.


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