Author: Stephanie PerkinsI am such a sucker for Perkins' books. They make me so, incredibly happy it's insane.
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Pages: 338 (HC)
Most Appropriate For Ages: 13+
Where I Got It: From the library
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.
Much as she did in Anna and the French Kiss, Perkins' creates wonderful characters with unique yet believable quirks and personalities that you can't help but adore after a only a short time. All the characters (except Max): Lola, Cricket, her dads (yep, dads, two of them, and they're awesome) Lindsey, Calliope, Cricket...
Oh, and she also knows every word a girl wants to hear. Just one sentence that Cricket says can make your heart melt.
But no, not only her characters are fantastic. Her setting, her ability to completely grab hold of your attention, her way of being profound without shoving down it your throat, the way she makes you feel everything her characters are feeling... Yes, I may be a Stephanie Perkins fangirl, what of it?
It is insane, but this author is one of the very few that possess the ability to turn me into a romantic teenage girl. It's creepy, guys, how quickly and smoothly it happens, but I don't even care 'cause I'm just so in love with this author.
Plot: Fun and completely engrossing.
Characters: I WANT A CRICKET...er, I mean, they were all awesome. ('Cept Max. UGH.)
Ending: Lalalala so happy-making.
Kid Friendly? There's language, mentions of sex and drugs, and her birth mother's an alcoholic.
Should I read it? Absolutely. You may wanna read Anna and the French Kiss first, though, since the characters make several appearances.