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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 view spoiler messed up, misdirectedly I know that s not a word angry, kind of douchebaggy hide spoiler 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 like the evil stepsister It actually managed to raise my blood pressure, unfortunately not in a too hot to handle kind of way.I ve generously given this book 2.5 stars because I love Stephanie s style Not only because I loved Anna 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 beginning1 LOLA 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 I open my window and a thousand bottled emotions explode inside of me at the full sight of him.I like Cricket Like that.Again 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 Anna 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 nothing 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 all the time, 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 his fault 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.3 PARENTS 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.4 FRIENDS 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.5 BOYFRIEND Max was the only character in the book that I liked, 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 he 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 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 twins 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 Anna and the french kiss again, and for making me hope that Isla and the Happily Ever After will be better This review can also be found at ReadingAfterMidnight.comBlog EN Facebook Twitter Tumblr Bloglovin Blog RO Favorite quote Because that s the thing about depression When I feel it deeply, I don t want to let it go It becomes a comfort I want to cloak myself under its heavy weight and breathe it into my lungs I want to nurture it, grow it, cultivate it It s mine I want to check out with it, drift asleep wrapped in its arms Music of choice Plain White T s Hate I Really Don t Like You PS sorry, Jo, that I didn t love this book as you did I m glad that you liked it better Pre reading thoughts God, I m counting the days here Update I officially hate every single person in the world that has read loved this book because I want to read it too No, scratch that, I m kidding I am so happy for you sigh Did you read Anna and the French Kiss 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.Review 1 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 Anna and the French Kiss 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 view spoiler Max sucks anyway, let s be honest Though his name is a hell of a lot better than CRICKET hide spoiler Set to Copacabana by Barry Manilow.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 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 adorable and wonderful didn t want to put it down Yay for warm fuzzies Stephanie Perkins has a talent and that talent is for making me happy, allowing me to enjoy the entire reading experience, laugh at times and come away with no deep sense of revelation just the knowledge that I will have to get my hands on whatever she writes next Her writing may be light and mostly meaningless but it achieves one of the greatest things a book possibly can fun.And that s just it this book is silly, mindless fun I m not sure why some people who enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss didn t like this, for me it was a very similar sort of book in many ways, with the main difference being that I thought Lola was a much well rounded and interesting character than Anna I also liked Cricket a lot than Etienne St.Clair Perhaps it s the height thing, or that a lot of Etienne s charm was built around the English accent that I have to hear lecturing me about Plato every day I thought both were entertaining romance stories but Lola and the Boy Next Door just seemed to suit me better.There was only one thing that I didn t like about this book and it was mostly because I thought it unnecessary It was how the boyfriend who was originally kind, understanding and quirky turned into a complete dick in order to make it alright for Lola to leave him I think this could have been handled better, sometimes people s feelings change in relationships and you can gently and maturely break it off did Stephanie Perkins worry that we d be unable to forgive Lola for upsetting a good guy so she made him a closet moron instead It wasn t needed and it didn t flow naturally.Apart from that, this was a great book and I can t wait to read Isla and the Happily Ever After. I don t know how I am going to justify this rating Books like Lola and the Boy Next Door 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 Lola and the Boy Next Door 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 Stephanie Perkins debut novel Anna and the French Kiss was that I read it around Christmas and it hit just the right spot then My excuse now will be that I read Lola and the Boy Next Door 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 Isla and the Happily Ever After. &Book ⇧ Lola and the Boy Next Door ☠ Alternate Cove Edition For ISBN Lola Nolan Is A Budding Costume Designer, And For Her, The 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 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 The thing about Lola and the boy next door is that, since it s a companion book, it s inevitable to make a comparison with Anna and the French Kiss which, in this case, comes out as a disadvantage because, as far as I am concerned, Anna is the absolute winner Lola 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 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 believable, less shallow and charming, Lola s story was definitely clich d, puerile and felt forced in 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 too 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 Anna 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 to it, a bit substance Anna was definitely fun for me. One thing I have to appreciate about this story is its glaring reminder that is to NEVER EVER ENTER A SERIOUS RELATIONSHIP WHEN YOU RE UNSURE OF YOURSELF 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 P.S Cricket is love 3