If these characters were toddlers and I was an old lady, I would pinch their cheeks. They’re that adorable.
Lola especially. The MC’s got style and knows how to rock it. It was marvelous to have a female who has a substantial amount of self confidence, most of the time.
The focus of the novel is on her point of major vulnerability. A boy named Cricket.
You guys, these two could have had the perfect story. They grew up as next door neighbors in a picturesque section of San Fransisco. They could have had an idealistic high school sweetheart romance!
But shit happened.
Cricket and his family end up moving away after the event-that-is-not-to-be-thought-of. Suffice to say, Lola was majorly hurt.
Life went on, and Cricket was pretty much going to be that boy in Lola’s past. But then the Bells came back to town.
Oh, the irony.
If Lola walked into a room, I’m pretty sure I’d be impressed by her. And Cricket? Well, I’d never be able to look him in the eye, but I’d definitely be sporting a crush.
Once again, Perkin’s world is incredibly fleshed out. The setting and the characters, they all have quirks that make them unique. Lola’s an aspiring fashion designer and Cricket Bell (Bell, as in Alexander Graham) has rather impressive inventing skills. Even the minor characters are not to be outdone. Cricket’s sister is aiming to be an Olympic ice skater and one of Lola’s dads runs his own catering business.
Like its predecessor, Lola and the Boy Next Door has a character that’s already in a relationship when the romantic interest appears. It’s a little awkward to read, which I guess is the point. Life’s messy and all that. I do wonder if Isla and the Happily Ever After (2014) will have that in the plot line. Personally, I hope not.
The story of Lola and Cricket is a complex one and it takes quite awhile to get it all out in the open. It was deliciously frustrating knowing that these two had a story but not getting specifics. It’s like having a friend who has a major secret but won’t give, leaving me to jump around and squeal, “Tell me. Tell me!”
Trust me, me squealing isn’t pretty.
In the end, though, everything’s fleshed out in a way that leaves this reader very, very satisfied. Stephanie Perkins’ Lola and the Boy Next Door is a definite win.
Interested in more? Read my review of Anna and the French Kiss.
Until the first of the year, MM is going on temporary hiatus.
I’ll be back the first week of January!
Now that finals are done, I think I’ll spend the next three weeks sleeping.
Oh goodness, you guys. Carrie Underwood is slated to play Maria von Trapp next holiday season when NBC airs a live broadcast of the Broadway show.
Oh my goodness.
To be fair, Carrie Underwood has a huge range and I legitimately like her voice.
And, I understand they’re doing a stage version (thank God they’re not remaking the movie).
But let’s be honest, Underwood’s performance in Soul Surfer, which is pretty much the only acting credit she has, minus various guest spots on TV shows, wasn’t that great. And I don’t know of any stage experience at all.
Personally, I think this could be really bad.
Who knows? Maybe Underwood will work like crazy and pleasantly surprise us all.
With NBC broadcasting this and so many people seeing it, the comparisons to Julie Andrews will be endless, so I doubt this will be receiving a favorable response.
Here’s a video, courtesy of IdolFan2007 on youtube, of Carrie Underwood singing “The Sound of Music” a few years ago.
What do you think?
I just don’t think this style of music suits Underwood’s voice.