Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins


“There are some people in life that you can’t get over.”

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Why you should read this book: because everyone should talk to the Moon, she is perfect!

Dolores “Lola” Nolan is an aspiring costume designer who lives in San Francisco with her two dads and a beautiful black dog. She is happy: she reinvents herself every single day with wigs, vibrant colors, glitter and crazy glasses, and she has a boyfriend she loves. Everything is great until the Bell family moves back next door. Lola has a past with the Bell twins, specially with Cricket, and having him in her life again is going to bring back old memories and feelings.

I was going to give this book 3 stars but then the last 25% of it made me change my mind.
I started liking it, it was a normal story of a girl having her heart broken in the past and hiding herself in a relationship she thinks is good for her because of that. By the way, I didn’t like Max at all. What kind of boyfriend is so rude to friends and family? Seriously, who does that? Pretend a little better even if you don’t like the situation you are in, for your girlfriend’s sake at least! Then Lola’s approach to everything started to annoy me. The same kind of feeling St. Clair gave me in Anna and the french kiss. Maybe because they really are in the same situation. They think they have to be with that particular person because it’s safe, it makes them feel good, no obstacles, no hearts to brake etc. Worst mistake ever and people in books keep doing it! I know in real life one person in this situation and I really don’t understand what is keeping her from sending her so-called boyfriend to another dimension!

“Sometimes a mistake isn’t a what. It’s a who.”

Cricket is a lovely boy but very VERY shy and a little coward. Maybe more than a little! People love not to speak their mind; so in my opinion they don’t have to whine if 2 years later you are miserable, ok? If you don’t have the courage to say what it’s on your mind then you have to bear ALL the consequences. She waited for him to make a move, he did the same, problems arise and guess what? Everyone loses!! Misunderstandings, tears, etc.

I sort of wanted to see more Lindsey, I thought she was a great character, a great friend! Detective Lindsey! I loved the cameos from Anna and the french kiss characters. They were useful for the development of Lola’s character and the story. Without them everything would have been quite impossible. That girl needed help from everyone and everywhere!

“I’m not interested in making what’s easy. I’m interested in making what’s beautiful.”

I loved Lola’s dedication to her dresses. Every single outfit was thought and created for a particular event or according to her mood. They were her and she was those outfits. It’s great how she didn’t mind other people’s opinion. They don’t deserve to tell you how to live your life. If putting a different wig everyday makes you happy, then do it. If you like having your hair in a ponytail, then have a ponytail everyday. Life is too short to be someone you are not. Where did I read that? Oh well, if it’s true I hope it doesn’t matter not writing the source.

The ending was possibly the best part of the whole book. The Moon, the stars, the around the corner part, the boots, the FEELINGS! Everything was there and I wanted to be there, too!

Do I recommend it? Yes, it feels like a story anyone could experience, ups, downs and everything in between.
Rate: 4/5


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