Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Stephanie Perkins' second book does not disappoint with Lola Nolan as a seventeen year old, with two dads for parents and a biological mom who can't seem to get it together. Lola has a totally different fashion sense, loves wigs, and most definitely stands out in a crowd. Lola has a rocker boyfriend, Max, who is way too old for her, according to everyone else. Lola also has been friends with Cricket, the boy next door, since they were very young. As they grew up, Cricket Bell and Lola clicked, but they didn't act on it. When Cricket's family return after moving, the anguish and hurt from his abrupt departure, and now return, is fresh pain again for Lola. But wait! Lola has Max and they love each other, don't they? Perkins gets the angst of true love (just like her other book's characters, Anna and St. Claire---they are in this book too!) Lola and Cricket manuevr through many road blocks in quest of a relationship. Living in San Francisco, Lola has it together, but she was hurt by Cricket and his sister, so the doubt she carries throughout is very believable. Cricket is a great guy, who has spent years as his twin sister's support for her ice skating career that has taken top priority forever. The reader cheers when Lola and Max break up and hope beyond hope that Lola and Cricket really can be together.
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