Book Review: Lola and The Boy Next Door

LolaManic Pixie Dream Girl + love triangle = perfect combination. Mostly because in my dreams, I’d be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (if you’re too lazy to click on the link: a MPDG is fictional prototype/archetype/trope. Girly, eccentric, charming and quirky. Think Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Penny Lane is Almost Famous). I really enjoyed this book, had the vibes of Adorkable meets… something a little edgier. Hm. But it’s a goodie.

Lola Nolan doesn’t so much believe in fashion as much as she believes that every day is an event worthy of a once-in-a-lifetime costume. Despite her off-beat sense of style, she’s got her head screwed on straight – even if she is dating bad boy rocker Max (who her parents hate, of course). With her job at a local cinema and her bestie at her side – life seems to be right on track.

Until the Bells – Calliope and Cricket – return to the house next door. And everything comes crashing down. Tripped up on memories of her failed friendship with Cal and her heartbreak over Cricket, nothing is certain anymore. Stuck between what she wants and what she has, Lola has to make some big decisions.

I loved the characters. I loved the romance. I loved Lola. The dialogue was quirky, the relationships felt real and the characters had depth. This book lived up to all its hype.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Lola and The Boy Next Door

  1. I love the passion you have about MPDGs! Haha It’s almost like you can’t understand why everybody *doesn’t want to be one 🙂 This review has me sold. I usually stay away from the young adult/ teen fiction section of the bookstore, after reading this I’m going to search for Stephanie Perkins’ books next time I’m out.

    • Everyone needs an alter ego that’s cooler than them 😉
      But there’s so much better YA fiction out there then when I was younger. I’d also highly recommend Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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