Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins
Penguin, 2011. ISBN 9780143566267.
(Ages 14+) Highly recommended. Lola Nolan is a budding designer. She doesn't believe in fashion, she believes in costumes and the more expressive the better. But beneath her outrageous style she is a devoted friend and daughter who loves her gay parents and wants do the right thing for them but also want them to approve of her boyfriend. She has big plans for her future and everything is perfect in her life until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the house next door. Calliope is a talented figure skater, who has won silver in two world cups and hopes to compete in the Olympics this year, and Cricket is a talented inventor and always has been. When Cricket steps back into Lola's life, she finds herself torn between her boyfriend and the boy she has always loved.
This book is amazing. It felt like the characters were actually real people. I would highly recommend this book especially to people who like to read romances.
Tahlia Kennewell (student)
Editor's note: Selected as one of 2012 Best fiction for young adults by American Library Association