Jasmine, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by Jasmine)
I loved this book completely, even more than her first book, Anna and the French Kiss. It's a great book about family, and love, and friendship, and growing up, and I can't wait to read it again. Also, if you love San Francisco, you should read this book, the city is like another person; the author gets it and the people so right. All of the characters feel like real people, especially both dads, who are both great and flawed, but mostly love each other and their kid. But Lola herself was a fantastic character, and I was so glad to let her into my life for a while, and sad to finish hanging out with her.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Like its predecessor, Perkins's companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss has snappy dialogue and sexy love interests, though high-school junior Lola is a much more unconventional heroine. With an array of wigs and costumes at her disposal (her outfits include an Egyptian-inspired gown made from a sheet and a cheetah-print number adorned with red ribbons and brooches to protest game-hunting), she has no interest in blending in. As Lola begins her junior year, her goals are to get her fathers to approve of her 22-year-old boyfriend, Max, and to create a masterpiece Marie Antoinette costume for the winter dance. But complications arrive when Cricket Bell moves back next door. Two years ago he broke her heart, and seeing him again shakes her faith in her relationship with Max. What's a girl to do when two guys are into her? Lola indulges her inner angst plenty, but her self-deprecating sense of humor and Perkins's skill at capturing Lola's seesawing emotions make for a lively romance about a girl trying to understand who she is under all the gowns and glitter. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Family secrets, first love and the magic of Rome take center stage in Catherine Gilbert Murdock's new novel for middle grade readers.
Fourteen-year-old Sarah Zorn intends to spend the Wisconsin summer with her “boyfriend” Curtis, waiting for a dead calf named Boris to decompose in time for the science fair. Her plans upend, however, when her fake-boyfriend strategy goes seriously awry just as her hippie Grandma Z invites her on a last-minute Roman holiday. As Sarah explores Italys ancient wonders, she cant stop “boy-liking” Curtis . . . or puzzling over her grandmothers odd behavior. Written as Sarahs journal, this satisfying middle grade novel navigates the murky waters of first love, friendship, and family with heart and good humor.
Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the negihborhood. 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.
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