Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

June 24, 2012

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.


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 .


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Such a Rush
by Jennifer Echols
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2012 by MTV Books

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.
High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.  
But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.


As cool as this book sounds, I'm just really excited about being back. Finals were terrible, but summer's here and despite the stupid SAT boot camp I have to attend books will help me stay sane. I have so many books to review so you'll being seeing a lot of them over the next few weeks. Oh, and I've been watching a lot of Community. Like... A LOT. 

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June 10, 2012

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
by Gena Showalter

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I'd tell my sister no.
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I'd tell them I love them.
I wish... Yeah, I wish.
So yeah, that's coming out. Zombies + Alice in Wonderland = super uber awesomeness. Can not wait for this book!!!
And please excuse my lack of updating. :( Finals are coming up and even though I've been reading a lot, if I don't catch up on my french, the oral final is going to kick my but. A plus tard mes amis!

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June 3, 2012

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Press

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.
When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.
As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.
In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

I LOVE Distopian novels. I really can't wait for this to come out! I sort of reminds me of The Host, but different, you know? Aggggdfkajshdfasl;kfj I want to read now. 

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