Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Cricket loves Lola, and Lola loves Cricket. Or, well, she did. Before he made a fool of her and then moved away without so much as a word. In the meantime, fashion-forward Lola has been totally fine moving on, thank you very much. Between working at the local movie theatre and devoting herself to costume design and her hunky much-older-than-her rockstar boyfriend Max, Lola’s life in San Francisco is just dandy. Until it’s not. Because Cricket Bell is back in town and he wants her back.

In this fun and fizzy companion piece to Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins has created a myriad of deep and complicated characters that leap off of the page. Lola, ever outrageous and misguided and entertaining, is a winning narrator with a very real romantic dilemma on her hands, and her boy next door, a cool and quirky inventor with killer blue eyes, is the stuff of teenage dreams.

With a little help from her two dads, her Nancy Drew-loving best friend, and Cricket’s twin sister Calliope, Lola has to figure out how to become the person she wants to be before she can reconcile her feelings for the boy next door. 384 pages.  Ages  14 and up

Highly recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland USA

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