That's right! My most anticipated release for 2011, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR!!
The sweet and amazing Sarah from Sarah's Books & Life let me borrow the ARC that she won! (FOLLOW HER!!) So I flew through it, then I read it again... out loud! Yep! This past week, I've been reading Lola over the phone to my mom! Fun times!
Here's the summary from Goodreads:
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive 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, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- 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.
My thoughts: Stephanie Perkins made me fall in love with YA Contemporary with her debut, Anna and the French Kiss. She has a way about her storytelling that SUCKS ME IN! I'm completely addicted to everything about this book. The characters and all their delicious quirks. Lola and her insane outfits! Cricket and his... Cricket-ness... sigh. Anna and St. Clair (YES, YOU READ ME!). The bits about figure skating (former figure skating coach here, so I'm very partial). The PIES (MUST bake a pie, like, now).
Stephanie is especially gifted at DRAWING OUT the SUSPENSE in the ROMANCE department! OMG it makes you want to yell JUST KISS ALREADY! But it had me turning those pages and falling in love right along with these characters. Characters that I know, personally. Because they're totally real. My new best friends. They can be yours too! You just have to wait until September 29th.
Looking forward to meeting Stephanie again in October at the Austin Teen Book Festival, where I will probably get another picture that looks like this one,
and which also has the POSSIBILITY of hosting the FIRST MEETING OF THE BOOKRUSHERS! I'm most definitely going, Kim Franklin is PROBABLY going, and Kristi Chestnutt is BEING HARASSED to make the trip to Texas so we can have a Kritique Group Weekend Getaway! I can't even tell you how excited I am about the possibility of meeting two of my best friends (sounds weird, I know, but you blogging peeps totally get me) for the first time ever!
Are you going?!