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Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins My Rating: 4.5 After reading and loving Anna and the French Kiss, I was rushing to read Lola and the Boy Next Door, and luckily, I already had my hands on the book. There is only one word to sum up this entire book: amazing. Stephanie Perkins did it again. She managed to write a young adult novel about a girl choosing between two guys: her current boyfriend and her childhood love without making it boring, draggy, or cliche. Instead, the book is incredibly sweet. The best part? WE GET TO SEE ANNA AND ST. CLAIR AGAIN. And oh my goodness, they are together and cuter than ever. OMG. AND CRICKET. Let's not forget about him! I'm having a hard time choosing between St. Clair and Cricket after reading Lola and the Boy Next Door. Sure, Cricket might not have a cute English accent or awesome hair like St. Clair, but Cricket is sweet, smart, faithful, and incredibly thoughtful. With all the other girls crushing and throwing themselves on him throughout the book, Cricket has only eyes for Lola, even after learning that she has a boyfriend. Cricket would wait for Lola, no matter how long it took and no matter how pointless it was. And the story he told her about the moon and stars when he helped her with her Marie Antoinette dress? Heartbreaking. And Max? Ew. From the very first page, I didn't know what to think of him. He's not in the wrong, it was Lola that lied to him and hid her feelings for Cricket from him. What I disliked about Max was how he thought Lola was fake because of the way she dresses. Sorry boy, but no. The way Lola dresses is unique. It's better than all the popular people dressing up as clones of one another. Sure, Lola can go over the top with the wigs, but at least she's true to herself and not a typical popular girl stereotype. I can't wait to read the final book that's the companion to Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door: Isla and the Happily Ever After. I think Isla's guy counter-partner would be about Josh from Anna and the French Kiss because she seemed to be crushing on him, but we'll never know. Why did Stephanie Perkins have to delay the release date until sometime in 2013? Oh well, I can wait. Her books are so worth it. ohdamnbooks: lola and the boy next door