Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lo Lo Lo Lo LOOOLA! (And the Boy Next Door, of course)


That's right! My most anticipated release for 2011, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR!!

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?!


  1. Let the harassment begin! You here that Kristi? We're coming after you! Lol.

    I'm also totally jealous you got to read Lola and I didn't!

  2. I'm so glad you finally got a copy. FINALLY, and the book isn't even out yet! LOL! :)


  3. So glad you finally got a copy!!!!! I've been hounding Blue Willow but still no luck so I'm relieved you got your hands on it and loved it like you new you would!!! Fabulous!

  4. Ok blogger, you and I are going to have it out! I tried to comment last night and was thrown into the neverending "sign in" loop. BOO!

    SO JEALOUS that you got to read Lola. Beyond jealous. Envy is pouring out of me. :P

    Granted, you're the one that basically talked me into reading Anna (which I ADORED!!!), but still.

    As for the harassment? That I LOVE. Makes me special and all warm and fuzzy inside. I'm about 80% sure that I'm making the trip! (Have even talked it over with hubs, who is ALL for it.)

    I mean, how can I NOT with all those fantabulous authors and the chance to meet BOTH you and Kim FINALLY???

    You know what would sweeten the deal though and make me buy a plane ticket? A copy of Lola. MUAW HA HA (evil laugh)....

  5. You've read it already?! I'm jealous!!!! This one sounds more up my alley than Anna, and even though I didn't love Anna as much as everyone else seemed to, I've got to give Stephanie props for her awesome writing. Ughhhh....jealoussssss!!! lol