Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review #1490 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins




Review: #1490
Book: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Rating: one star (out of four)
Release date: Sept. 29, 2011
Pages: 338
Publisher: Dutton Books
Source: ALA 2011
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I was pretty excited for this book. I picked it up from ALA and there was a lot of hype. The buzz was good, so props to the publisher for orchestrating that. Unfortunately, though, this book was a letdown.

There were some situations and perspectives I didn't like in this book and I wasn't a big fan of Lola. Her personality was irksome at times. Though I kind of have a crush on Cricket, though I wasn't sure what he saw in Lola. There were parts of this book that made me smile and the writing was pretty good, but I wasn't a fan of the characters or the choices made. Especially Lola. She needed to make a decision and instead of taking forever to decide what she wanted and being wishy-washy. I mainly felt annoyed because her decisions affected other people and I wanted those other people to be happy and they couldn't because Lola was being selfiish.

I didn't see how Lola was so unique...in fact, parts of her personality bugged me a little because I felt she was overly dramatic. I wanted to see something different. There were also some other elements that I didn't particularly agree with and if you're more conservative you probably won't like this book. Not something I'd recommend.

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