Lola and The Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Title : Lola and The Boy Next Door (Anna and The French Kiss # 2)
Author : Stephanie Perkins
Rating : 5 Stars!!!

Paperback, 338 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Speak (first published September 29th 2011) 
Source copy : National Bookstore 


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 negihborhood. 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.

Source : Goodreads

"But you'll want me someday? That feeling you once had for me...that hasn't left either?" 
- Cricket

Lola and The Boy Next Door is a kind of book that makes the readers go wild. The first chapter already voiced out the head of a girl being broken hearted because of her first love. It wasnt an ordinary heartbreak to be precise. The moment Lola realized her effect with Cricket, Stephanie Perkins glided out the wonderful and true words that makes me happy. And when she leveled out the conflict that happened to Lola and Cricket because of Calliope, goodness, the words is vibrating with so much pain. The friendly relationship and love vanished like a bubble that pops out. 

To even add more of it, the complications heat up due to the fact that Lola has a boyfriend. Its a major dilemma when you need to let go of someone when you already feel the emotions are coming back to your first love. What's even worse is that it eats all the emotions of Lola everytime he's with Cricket. Lola and Cricket is what I can say the epitome of the phrase "So near yet so far".

Any decisions and actions they make looks like a misunderstanding when they think about it. Because love came back at the amiss time. It was a major struggle of the two characters. By the way I envision it, it must be difficult how Lola and Cricket might surpass it. From that point Stephanie Perkins was able to slowly rise and let the feelings of her characters speak out with all their hearts, risking all the possibilities to be exact. 

One thing that I totally loved with Lola is her unique fashion sense. Because I feel like I am not jut reading a book about a girl falling in love, it ultimately feels like reading a brave girl with different outfits every single day to face all the problems. I loved how Lola faced the truth with her feelings to Cricket. I'm amazed how she takes on herself first. She realizes her flaws and she was able to confront it. It was fantastic to say the way Lola's mother is able to give her a hint to walk towards her first love. 

As for Cricket, I sometimes understand why he holds back his feelings at some degree. Its not that I'm a guy. I understand his view of being in the middle of the situation on where he should go first, to his sister Calliope or to Lola. I was so busy thinking about Lola's whirlwind confused emotions that I didn't noticed that Cricket is also in pain thorugh all of it. And it strikes me a lot to see how Cricket was also in pain. Because when I was reaching the end of the story, these two characters were able to heal the scars of their past.

Grab and read this book because it is infinitely drowning with unique romanticism. Lola and the Boy Next Door is the book you'll be willing to read all day because you just can't help it. You'll want to read this book just as much as you want someone you like to look at you. Period.