Monday, December 12, 2011

#BIR2011: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

LOLA AND the BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins

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. (From Goodreads)

You can read my review here.


I'm very excited to have Stephanie Perkins here today as a feature for Best I've Read 2011. Her stories are full of warm fuzzies with both touching and humorous moments - definitely must-reads. Please take a few minutes to learn more about this amazing author!

If this were Twitter, how would you pitch Lola and the Boy Next Door in 140 characters or less?

Man seeks revenge on white whale.


All of your characters are incredibly vivid and real. How do you create them? How much is drawn from real life and how much is imagination?

Thank you very much. My characters are created from different pieces of myself, positive and negative traits. I enjoy rounding them out with details from people (both famous and non) who I am personally fascinated by.

Your books are all adorable romantic comedies. Have you ever considered writing anything darker or paranormal?

Merci! And absolutely.

Do you have a life motto or words to live by?

All you can do is all you can do.

Who are your all-time favorite heroes/heroines from books?

Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Princess Mia Thermopolis. Elizabeth Bennet.

Do you have any projects in mind after Isla and the Happily Ever After?

Many. And they’re all a secret. ;-)


I am very excited to have one copy of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR to give away!

This contest is open to residents of the U.S. only. Must be 13 to enter. Please see my Contest Policy for more information.

This contest will close on Saturday, December 23 at 12:00 AM CST.

This contest is now closed.

Today the Best I've Read blog is featuring DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth! Please click here to learn more about this book and author!


  1. I loved what she said her tweet would be about the book - it cracked me up! :)

  2. I have Anna, but I haven't read it yet. I'll have to do that soon. I've heard great things about both of these books. I need to expand my Contemporary shelf anyways. Thanks for the chance!

  3. Awesome interview! Stephanie is just as hilarious as her books are. I love it =)

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

  4. Fun review with the author. I have never read her books, but look forward to trying out this one.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  5. GREAT book and great interview - thanks for having this giveaway :-)

  6. What a wonderful interview, so much fun. Thank you for sharing all of the wonderfulness of it. lol. This book has definitely been at the TOP of my must reads asap! Thank you, for being so generous in this giveaway.

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  7. This is on my Xmas wish list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Thanks so much! Sounds like a great book.


  9. I heard alot of great things about this book Thank you very much for the great giveaway!
    Happy Holidays!


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