Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fiction Tuesday- Lola and the Boy Next Door

Stephanie Perkins does it again! A new favorite Christmas present of many -  LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR.  She has a way of making us want the guy. And Cricket Bell is just as original as St. Clair from her last book ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. And...guess what? Anna and St. Clair pop in on this book too!

My dreamcast: Cricket - Matt Beard (from Chatroom), Lola-Phoebe Tonkin(from Secret Circle), and Calliope- Elizabeth Gillis(from Victorious)

“I slide my hand between our mouths, just in time. His lips
are soft against my palm. I slowly, slowly remove it. “No, I
don’t love Max anymore. But I don’t want to give you this
broken, empty me. I want you to have me when I’m full,
when I can give something back to you. I don’t have much to
give right now.”
Cricket’s limbs are still, but his chest is pounding hard
against my own. “But you’ll want me someday? That feeling
you once had for me … that hasn’t left either?”
Our hearts beat the same wild rhythm. They’re playing the
same song.
“It never left,” I say.”

“And I hold my head high toward my big entrance, hand in hand with the boy who gave me the moon and the stars.” --Lola and the Boy Next Door
Dreamcast-Thomas Dekker as rocker boyfriend Max

Is it possible to still have that feeling of first love with the guy who moved away? Who did the worst thing possible to you. Emotionally. Can it come back to haunt you or to be rekindle?

Lola is the main character who is from the San Fransisco area. She has two dads who care very much for her. She's also wanting to be in costume too. And she thinks she's met the perfect guy. A rocker, in a band, who's older ...with tattoos. Max isn't exactly Dads approved, but her parents are trying.

As luck would have it, Cricket Bell comes back into her life, who has always played second fiddle to his sister, Calliope, the skater. He's tall. Geeky, but such a gentleman with a style for fashion who had to let Lola go because he had to be there for his sister... who's life is ice skating.

I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.
Lola and the Boy Next Door

Stephanie gives us so much to smile about as the story unfolds. As Lola discovers how everything isn't perfect with her rocker boyfriend. And she starts to learn more about her biological mother when she comes to stay with them. The story grows and Perkins has a way of showing us how girl meets boy, and how friendship and romance can be a journey worth the self discovery.

Perkins is most definitely my favorite Young Adult Author of 2011. I embrace her characters, and I always want to read her books again and again, after I've read them.

  “History books are filled with lies. Whoever wins the war tells the story.
Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins, page 156


Evs said...

i love phoebe tonkin...it looks so great!

Cafe Fashionista said...

I so need to check this book out immediately. I loved ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS! :)

meg said...

I love her stuff!

lucy and sarah said...

This was so fun..I loved the Hey girl quotes too!