This book freaking ruined me.
I'm not kidding when I say this. I AM SO DONE WITH ALL OTHER BOOKS AND BOOK BOYS AND SETTINGS AND WRITING STYLES AND MAIN CHARACTERS. I JUST WANT LOLA FOREVER AND EVER.
I was so tempted to start this book over again the moment I finished it. If I wasn't trying to get ahead on my Goodreads challenge, as well as my other challenge, I would have. And let's be real here, I probably won't make it a couple of months before reading it again.
This book was, dare I say it, perfect. Lola was flawed but lovable, her boyfriend wasn't the typical older douche-bag bf in a band, her parents were adorable, her friends were also flawed, and ANNA AND ETIENNE, and the San Francisco beauty Perkins described so well....... The conflict and the love and the youth.
Oh, am I forgetting something?
Nah, I'm just saving the best for last.
You know, only the most important part. The thing about this book that made it the greatest book I've read in a while. The person who may have landed this book a spot in my top 5 favorite books EVER list.
Cricket Bell, my friends.
It was like Stephanie Perkins reached inside my mind, picked out all of the qualities (physical and otherwise) that I find attractive in a man, and decided to put them all in one character in the perfect book. That is what Cricket Bell is to me. He is the dream. A flawed, imperfect, realistic dream, and it makes me ache, because he felt so...close. So easy to just reach out and touch. But of course I couldn't reach out and ruffle his hair or run my hand over the sleeve of whatever immaculate jacket he was wearing that day or smile at his pointed shoes or stare longingly into his perfect eyes. I wanted to, though. Oh, you have no idea how badly I wanted to steal this man away and marry him.
He is, without a doubt, my #1 Book Boyfriend, EVER. I never thought I'd find one. I always read about boys who have a lot of qualities, or look like how I prefer, or dress the right way, or talk/act the way I find most attractive. But no. Cricket Bell is everything, rolled up into one heck of a sweet boy next door who completely stole me away.
And did I mention....I am a lot like Lola? Her struggles were so real to me and everything she did was like, "Yep. I getcha girl." I loved her and adored her and want more of her.
The story flowed seamlessly and the conflict, like I said, was phenomenal. I was dying for more with every page. I adored everything about this book. I don't know how I will ever read another contemporary better than this. I don't see how it's possible, okay? Don't ask me to hope because there is no hope. I am legit drowning in the awesome of this book, still.
Excuse me. Off to fangirl some more.
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.
Kissing. Reference to Lola sleeping with her (much older) boyfriend 3 times. She loses her virginity to him at 17. Lola has two dads. Her birth mom is crazy and they discuss Norah's life throughout the book. A naked woman on a poster. Some cussing and sexual jokes/references.