Friday, 15 November 2013

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door is a coming of age story for girls. As the title states, it is about Lola's relationship with the boy next door. It is also about her journey in learning to accept herself as she is. Lola is a colourful and flamboyant character who comes across as someone who doesn't feel pressured to fit in. However, as the story progresses, it becomes clear that she too suffers from the insecurities that are common during adolescence (and life).

Stephanie Perkins has a writing style that is natural and highly readable. However, I found it difficult to get behind the story's protagonist. She came across as being very self-centred and lacking self-awareness. The writing is good but the characters are not particularly sympathetic, with the exception of the long-suffering Cricket who has the patience of a saint.

This book will likely appeal to teenaged girls. It may also appeal to teenagers who are different/not mainstream as it champions being unique and true to yourself. Its themes of love and romance as well as the "love scenes" make it more suitable for older teenagers. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published in 2011 by Dutton Books

Age range: 16 years and older

NA's rating: 3.5/5

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