Thursday, October 13, 2011
Lola and the Boy Next Door
On Thanksgiving Monday I was feeling a little under the weather. Summer paid a final visit to Southern Ontario and the weather was absolutely perfect but I was lacking in energy to get out and enjoy it, so I opened all the windows in the house, grabbed my dogs and settled in bed with Lola for the day. It was just what I needed.
I really adored this book. I'm trying to decide if I loved it more or less than Anna, and I can't honestly decide. It's a total toss up. I think a re-read of both is in order so I can put the debate to rest once and for all (read: have an excuse to give my husband when he sees me pick these back up).
Stephanie writes imperfect characters perfectly. I really think the reason I love her books so much is that they seem totally and completely possible. Like she's simply re-telling a story from her teen years. All the characters have flaws, some more than others, and all of them evolve through the story in a very real way. Love isn't always easy, and it's not always obvious, and Lola really captures that. The romance is just sweet enough, with a little heartache thrown in, and that is my favorite kind of love story.
Cricket is simply perfection. I love his dedication and loyalty to his sister, and I especially love that he's been pining for Lola all this time. Like seriously, I think that was my fantasy from pre-teen up. Who doesn't want an attractive, intelligent boy making moves for them? I certainly wouldn't have minded. Heck, I still wouldn't mind, provided the age was adjusted a little.
I don't think there was a character in this book that I didn't love and the setting, which is somewhere I've always wanted to visit, just drew me right in. I loved Lola most because it really touched on a lot of things that I wanted as a teen, and a lot of things that were important to me. I ate it up and it left me hungry for more.
5 stars for sure. If you haven't read this yet, go do it now. If you haven't read Anna and the French Kiss... why are you reading my blog? KIDDING! Kinda ;)