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 until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood. 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.
Picture this: You are walking down the school corridor right next to your crush. Remember those crushes? The boy you were obsessed with but never confessed your love to? Imagine yourself walking beside that special someone, trying to act natural when really your heart is beating TOO LOUD TOO FAST. And then just by coincidence, his hand brushes softly against yours.
Now bottle that feeling, and put it into a book. There. That’s Lola and the Boy Next Door.
Ladies and gentlemen, here before your eyes is fluffy YA contemporary at its best. Am I even worthy to talk about Lola like we are equals?! Seriously if Lola were a person and we ever met, this is how it would go:
Lola and the Boy Next Door: *smiles gorgeously*
Me: OMG ASDFGHJKL; TOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After finishing the Stephanie Perkins series, I can safely say that Lola will always remain my irrevocable favourite. Among all 3, my love for the characters in this book crushes everything in its path– quirky, independent Lola, adorable dads who open a bakery (DROOOLS), a real BFF, and Cricket Graham Bell.
“So do you believe in second chances?” I bite my lip.
“Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right,” he adds.
“If the person is… Lola?”
This time, he holds my gaze. “Only if the other person is Cricket.”
Now I know I have Stephanie Perkins to blame for my impossibly high standards for boys. Guys, I LOVE CRICKET BELL. He is awkward, geeky, and—this word has never been more appropriate—completely adorkable. It’s painfully obvious he’s desperately in love with Lola, but he respects she has a boyfriend. He’s sunshine. He’s simple. He’s good. He’s sweet and funny, and kind. He’s as quirky in his own ways as Lola is in hers.
Swooning aside, I think the coolest thing about Lola and Cricket is that they aren’t perfect. In fact, Lola’s quite often a mess. She makes mistakes, and she hurts the people around her. She lies—often—but she’s not malicious. She’s sweet, bubbly, caring, and she’s completely herself. So when both her and St. Clair find themselves in the position of “cheating”, I could sympathize with Lola more.
There are some people in life that you can’t get over.
What do you think? Are your feels similar or different from mine? If you were so-so about Anna and considering *maybe* reading this, you have my thumbs up. I’d love to hear your thoughts (*^▽^*)