Lola and the Boy Next Door was delightful. Yes, delightful. It's so fun (and funny) to read that I kept forgetting to be pretentious about the title. While I'm normally a snob, and a Grinch when it comes to romance in books, I loved the realistic progression (and deterioration) shown in the relationships throughout the novel. Oftentimes in bad books, characters break up and fall in love so easily that I'm left feeling unsatisfied when the book ends. But Perkins did a great job depicting the awkward moments as well as the adorable intimacy in relationships. (And, additionally, for Perkins: huzzah for creating realistic parents. Really, thank you.) Lola is unique, and gloriously uninterested in fitting in. Lola manages to be passionate about fashion without coming off as a priss. If possible, I enjoyed Lola and the Boy Next Door even more than I enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss (which I also read because Perkins has magic powers). This Grinch gives it four stars.