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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#ReadIsla Week 4- A Look at Lola And The Boy Next Door

Welcome to week #4 in our #ReadIsla campaign! Today we're featuring the second Stephanie Perkins book we totally fell in love with, Lola and the Boy Next Door. This was a book both Sophie & I featured on our 2011 Mundie Moms all time favorite reads (here). 

First Stephanie Perkins gave us St. Clair and Anna to fall in love with, and next she gave us Lola & Cricket. Like St. Clair and Anna, Cricket & Lola's love story is an epic, modern day love story that made us laugh, cry, sigh, and feel every emotion the characters did. Stephanie Perkins's writing is just as flawless as ever in in this book, and she made it easy to love her newest characters. 

Lola and Cricket have so much realism to them, as do the other characters whom are a big part of their story. Who doesn't love Lola's dads!?! Character wise, Stephanie Perkins makes it so easy to understand them, and to become emotionally invested into their story. Stephanie has a way of creating characters whom you wish were real so you could hang out with them, outside of the pages of a book.  This is another fabulous Stephanie Perkins book I couldn't get enough of. Check out my original review for it here.

Let's talk about the two covers for Lola. Like with Anna & the French Kiss, I was a huge fan of the original cover. Normally I'm not one who loves it when publishers decide to re-design a book's cover, especially when it's one I love, but Penguin has done a fabulous job with the cover redesigns for Stephanie's books. I feel the newly designed cover is just as fitting as the original one. 

About the Book

In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.

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. -quoted from Stephanie's site

Back in 2011, I had the chance to briefly talk to Stephanie about Lola and Crickett. Here's part of my interview with her, which was taken from here.

Lola is such a fun character to get to know. What's one thing you admire the most about her?
Thank you very, very much. I admire Lola’s sense of self, even if it is temporarily shaken. It took me a lot longer than high school to be comfortable in my own skin.

We love Lola's fashion sense. What is one of your favorite vintage pieces that Lola owns?

A vulture hat.

NO WAIT. That was in that other book I wrote.
A vulture hat.NO WAIT. That was in that other book I wrote.

Lola's fathers are fabulous!! We absolutely loved them. Were they inspired by someone you know, or a combination of people?
They’re inspired by my own straight parents more than anyone. I didn’t want them to be a THING, you know? I just wanted them to be good fathers, and my parents are great role models.

Cricket...*sigh* He totally won our hearts. What inspired you to write Cricket and Lola's story?
Thank you. I’m quite fond of him myself! I bought the idea for their story on the black market. I think it came from Russia, but its serial number had been scratched off.

We LOVED your setting for Lola. What's one of your favorite places to visit in SF?
I loathe the tourist trappings of Fisherman’s Wharf, but the grumbly sea lions that hang out there are magnificent.


Need a quick refresher for Lola? You're in luck! You can read the Lola & The Boy Next Door digital chapter sampler

Join the Isla and the Happily Ever After pre-order Campaign! 

  • Purchase your copy of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER from one of the 55 independent bookstores and you could get a signed first edition + swag and tell everyone you know to do the same!
  • While you're waiting for the book's release to get here (August 14), 2014 release, read the ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER sampler.
Stay tuned for more exciting news next week here on Mundie Moms about #ReadIsla!

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