#ReadISLA Flashback: Lola And The Boy Next Door

#ReadISLA Flashback: Lola And The Boy Next Door

 

Hey guys, today we're hanging out with Lola and Cricket!

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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.

 

*Review originally posted in October 2011* 

Lololololo-la! Sorry, can't help but hear the Kinks song in my head each time I hear the name, see the title...you get the picture. I thoroughly enjoyed ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and was really looking forward to LOLA and I was not disappointed!

Once again author, Stephanie Perkins has created unique characters full of heart, passion and who are just plain fun to read! LOLA has all the love and heart pounding romance that ANNA did but with a couple of interesting twists thrown in. There's also a few unexpected guests who had me squealing with delight and I DO NOT squeal. (Really, I don't) Plus, Lola has not one, not two, but three cute boys... T-H-R-E-E! Let's take a peak at them shall we?

If you could take a rainbow, a few rays of sunshine, some shooting stars (for their sparkle factor), and maybe even a snowflake or two, mixed them all together and shook them out, Lola is what would you get. She's bright, colorful, full of life and has a sparkle that's all her own. 

Max is our resident rocker bad-boy. What makes him bad? Well, for starters, he's a "few" years older than Lola. Her two Dads aren't too thrilled with the idea of him but then again they're dads. He's cute, he sings and writes music, has multiple tattoos and engages in less desirable behavior (according to dear old "Dads) which, of course, makes him a total chick magnet.

Cricket is Lola's neighbor and childhood friend. He's not only cute, nice and super intelligent (he invents cool stuff like Barbie elevators) but he's tall - really, really tall. He's also the twin brother of Calliope Bell (aka figure skater extraordinaire/mean girl). Lola's parents like Cricket and there's a bit of history between he and Lola which isn't all happy, happy sunshine but no biggie, because he's the very definition of "Tall drink of water". Thirsty much? Yes.I.Am!

Whose the third cute guy? Well, now, that would just spoil the fun so you'll have to read it for yourself. *wink* *wink*

Lola struggles with making the right choices sometimes as a way to protect herself or those around her from getting hurt. This is familiar territory for her considering she's had her fair share of pain either from her mother's behavior or for being ostracized for her appearance. What she learns is that in order to be true to yourself, you have to "be" yourself, regardless of what others think...you have to live fully and without fear. (You wanna wear a pink wig, a sparkly tutu and combat boots? You go, girl!) 

She also discovers that some things are worth the risk if you're willing to give it a chance. Even if it's a second, or a third chance and she finds that when it comes to love, sometimes you have to go back to the start in order to cross the finish line.

 

LOLA chapter sample

 

 

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Vivien (website) on Monday, 21 July 2014 12:44

This is the first contemporary that I fell head over heels!! Utterly amazing.

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This is the first contemporary that I fell head over heels!! Utterly amazing.
Guest - AJ Pine (website) on Monday, 21 July 2014 22:23

Etienne St. Clair. British accent. Speaks French. Buys Neruda poetry.

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Etienne St. Clair. British accent. Speaks French. Buys Neruda poetry.
Guest - nardos on Monday, 21 July 2014 22:45

Because it amazing, its was my first stand alone romantic ya book and of course the lovable characters

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Because it amazing, its was my first stand alone romantic ya book and of course the lovable characters
Kara (website) on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 11:58

God, I love Anna and the French Kiss. The book gave a little knowledge & laughter. Anna was a character w/ faults, but I couldn't get mad at her. Her career choice was unique & OCD ways were cute. St. Clair and Anna kind of balanced each other out. I'm doing my best not to give spoilers here, but I love that they picked each other up in hard situations. They just clique and the romance didn't feel forced. I also loved she was pushing friendship first, so we felt their bond was stronger. I loved Anna & hope to love Isla even more.

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God, I love Anna and the French Kiss. The book gave a little knowledge & laughter. Anna was a character w/ faults, but I couldn't get mad at her. Her career choice was unique & OCD ways were cute. St. Clair and Anna kind of balanced each other out. I'm doing my best not to give spoilers here, but I love that they picked each other up in hard situations. They just clique and the romance didn't feel forced. I also loved she was pushing friendship first, so we felt their bond was stronger. I loved Anna & hope to love Isla even more.
Jen Bruce (website) on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:57

I loved how quirky and inside her own head Anna was. How she didn't want to complicate things with her new set of friends, so she just suffered her attraction to St. Clair in silence. Such a cute story! And the French setting...can't forget that!

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I loved how quirky and inside her own head Anna was. How she didn't want to complicate things with her new set of friends, so she just suffered her attraction to St. Clair in silence. Such a cute story! And the French setting...can't forget that!
Guest - Samantha Lashley (website) on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 19:49

What's not to love? Boy with foreign accent, the setting, the friends. I loved everything. Anna was so cute and quirky and I love rereading this book.

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What's not to love? Boy with foreign accent, the setting, the friends. I loved everything. Anna was so cute and quirky and I love rereading this book.
L (website) on Friday, 25 July 2014 21:23

haven't read it yet

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