For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous, the outfit - more sparkly, more fun, more wild - the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins move back into the house next door.
When the family returns and Cricket - a gifted inventor and engineer - steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
After reading Anna and the French Kiss, I'd been itching to read Lola and the Boy Next Door. And now that I've finally read it, here's my thoughts.
In this novel, we meet the MC, Lola Nolan, an artistic and creative girl who likes to wear themes as her trend. She wears different costumes everyday, and spends most of her time plotting her Marie Antoinette theme for the dance---that is, if she's not with her bestfriend Lindsey or with her rocker boyfriend, Max. Everything went well, until her childhood friends/enemy/first love---Cricket and Calliope---went back to the neighborhood. The twins returned with a changed Cricket, although he's still shy and awkward, he is ready to admit his feelings towards Lola. The problem is, Lola already has Max. She doesn't know which one she really love, and which one who truly loves her, until the day she found out the truth behind that which teared her friendship with the twins apart.
Since LatBND is a companion for AatFK, is seems inevitable to compare the two. Some says AatFK is better, while others say otherwise. For me, both books are equally good, in a different way. AatFK is about a growing friendship getting fonder between the characters. LatBND, however, is more about the depth of First Love. The novel shows what truly first love is all about; that juvenile yet strong, awkward yet sweet, and first yet unforgettable feeling towards another person.
Personally, I'm not really one who gets all mushy about cheesy bits such as 'bringing the moon and the stars to you', and the like. But with Lola and the Boy Next Door, I get all week-on-the-knees with it. It really has something that makes the reader feel touched and warm inside. This book makes me realize that the person who really loves you is the one who could reach deep inside of you, one who could see who you really are underneath, and the one who thinks you're perfect even in your worst day.
Lola and the Boy Next Door is undeniably one of the sweetest stories about first love of today, perfect for those who believe in "First love never dies."