A tale that sparkles in more ways than one.
No. of pages: 338
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more 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.
I was really looking forward to jumping into this series by Stephanie Perkins after all the wonderful things said about it on Goodreads and from my friends and family. I do like a fun contemporary on occasion – and fun is exactly what ‘Lola and Boy Next Door’ is.
It is quirk to the max! Lola, Cal, all the things.
It took a while for me to get into as the first half felt slow. Although Perkins paints a colourful landscape of San Francisco that jumps from the page and is just as bright and blinding as Lola herself.
Lola possess a strength around not giving up her identity (or childish things – well things that could be viewed as childish) which really labels her as an outcast. She is the embodiment of a true artist – they see the world a little differently – and that difference is the thing that brings us joy and other scopes of emotion. And we get all these feels from Lola as she meanders through high school expressing herself through fashion and design.
Cal, one of the twins who has moved back next door, is quirky in his own way – and behest to say, did feel a bit of a weak character – but that’s Cal – introspective and intelligent. He has his own subtle way of expression, and you can see it is much like that of Lola’s (but less extreme) and we get a real connection and appreciation of their passions.
Honourable mention of Lola’s functional, wholesome family with gay parents. You really got a feeling of safety and security wrapped up in a big bubble of love.
As I mentioned earlier the pacing felt slow, but leant to Lola’s relationship growing at a slow burn… and completely adorable. I wasn’t as invested in these characters though. ‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ is pleasant enough, but it didn’t grip me as much as other contemporaries. But this is a great summer read – light, happy and loveable.
Ending was hella-cute – it brought together a lot of what our cast offered into a heart-warming event and has to be the single thing I liked the most about ‘Lola and the Boy Next Door.’
I’d recommend this to my friends, it has plenty of charm, won’t have you bawling your eyes out, but leave you feeling like you’ve just had a really good hug. A great follow up to ‘Anna and the French Kiss.’
Overall feeling: Has an okay charm
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