Hardcover, 338 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Dutton Books
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.
I WANT THIS BOOK TO NEVER END. CRICKET BELL PLEASE BE REAL AND COME FIND ME AND FIX MY BROKEN CAPS LOCK KEY WITH YOUR EXTRAORDINARY MECHANICAL ABILITIES.
Is it sad that I love Cricket more than Etienne. I mean, Etienne's amazing, but Cricket's tall, awesome, smart, amazing, and goes to Berkeley.
There were so many things that I loved about this book. Lola was a million times quirkier than Anna. However, despite Lola's eccentric-ness, Perkin's second book was one of those stories that seemed a whole lot more realistic. Anna and the French Kiss wasn't completely impossible, but at the same time, we all knew that we'll probably never go to high school in Paris, have a hot boyfriend, and an award winning author for a dad. It just doesn't happen. Lola, however, seems more realistic. Cricket's a normal guy with a normal live and have an extraordinary sister.
The love story between the two is set between their homes, their windows right next to each other. The setting perfect. Not only is it set in the beautiful San Francisco area, it includes UC Berkeley, one of my dream schools. Her dad's were hillarious and I loved how we still kept in touch with Etienne and Anna. I'm glad their both doing good.
Lola and the Boy Next Door is one of those books that make you feel good inside. It makes you giggle and smile to yourself. Maybe I'm only saying this because I'm a hopeless romantic or I get way to involved with the characters I'm reading about. *Shrug* But either way, read.
Just read it .