Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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lolaToday’s review is one I’ve been waiting to do for a while now: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I really like this book, but I also really like the author. I got to meet Stephanie Perkins back in March when she was on a book tour with Maureen Johnson. She is such a sweetie and everyone there had such a great time! So this book review is coming to you from a book signed with purple Sharpie, because that’s just how I roll.

The book tells the story of Lola, a teenage girl growing up in San Fransisco with her two dads, a dog, and a seemingly perfect life. Lola has the perfect boyfriend – an older boy who plays in a rock band. She loves making clothes out of anything she can get her hands on (and I really love how she says that they’re not outfits, they’re costumes!). But everything changes when a certain boy moves in next door.

The family who moves in has lived there before. They move around a lot because their daughter, Calliope, is a world champion figure skater who is preparing for the Olympics. Calliope’s twin brother, Cricket, has always lived in his sister’s shadow. He has also always had a thing for Lola, a feeling that Lola secretly reciprocates. But having feelings for Cricket, the gorgeous-yet-geeky boy next door, isn’t part of Lola’s plan. She isn’t supposed to like him, is she? It doesn’t matter that he’s better for her, or that her parents like him, or anything else. Lola’s life is just fine the way it is. Or is it?

Just like Anna and the French Kiss, Perkins weaves a cute, romantic story with the right amount of quirkiness and fun. Oh, and Anna and St. Clair make a few guest appearances in this book too, which made me very happy. Both of these books make great summer reads, so go out and get them! Both of them!

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