“I let him go so that he can work, and he protests for several texts, which makes me even happier.”Lola, Lola and The Boy Next Door Page 292
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Welcome back to the blog, or welcome to the blog if you are new! Today I will be doing another book review, this time for Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Last week I was in a reading slump and went from Sunday-Wednesday evening really not reading much of anything unless it was for school. It was a rough week for me, so I decided that I needed something I knew I would love to read to get me back to feeling normal. So there I was, looking for contemporary books that I could read for Muggle Studies when I saw this book. The name is what intrigued me. I knew just from that title that it was going to take me back to my comfort zone of reading. The place where I learned to love reading all day.
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.
Lola and The Boy Next Door is your typical young adult romance book. It is filled with the cheesiest love story and funny moments, but it also has a few other good messages in the book. I usually don’t get overly sentimental in these reviews but I really think that the book has some good messages to offer, even to those of us who are not teens. Lola learns very quickly in the book what it is like to be confused about who she loves. Does she love the boy next door, or does she love her boyfriend? I felt this on a deep level because I think many of us have been there before, or at least in a situation that is similar. This book really does a great job showing the struggle that it can be to know you have feelings for someone, but wish you didn’t. It also does a great job of reminding you that just because you are with someone does not mean that someone better for you isn’t out there. Especially when it is your first love.
This book also really focuses on self acceptance. Lola, like many people who want to be fashion designers, has a pretty eccentric style that people make fun of her for. She is comfortable and happy with choices though because of something Cricket said to her when they were younger. After her jerk boyfriend says some very rude things to her you learn that she really is not so secure in herself and that all she really wants is for people to accept her. Cricket to the rescue. Perkins did a great job of showing that you have to love yourself before you can love anyone else. She also did a really good job with the development of Lola and Cricket’s relationship as neighbors. I had a neighborhood friend who did at one point sneak in my window, I still don’t know why and we were young, but it did happen. I have fond memories of the neighborhood boy that everyone though I would grow up and marry. (News flash that did not happen I don’t think I have actually talked to him since high school, if not before that)
If there is one thing I did not like about the book it was that Perkins chose to make Max 22 and Lola 17. Though I don’t have a huge issue with the age difference, I do have an issue with how people kind of shrug it off. It is brought up a few times, and it is addressed that it is wrong, but still. I was 18 when I met my current boyfriend and he was 21, but I was a legal adult and neither of us could get in trouble. Cricket is also older than Lola but he is 18 and she is 17 and that is much more realistic of something that would happen; something that does happen and is seen as acceptable. I dunno I thought it was weird but to fair it didn’t bother me so much that I didn’t like the story.
If you are looking for a cute feel good story then this is a book you need to pick up. I promise you will not regret it. It is typical young adult romance, but it is cute and will make you smile. It also put me right back in a mood of wanting to read, which is what I had hoped for. Also a big draw to the book was that is was very gripping. I did not want to put my phone down, I had to keep reading to know what would happen next for Lola, Max, and Cricket.
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