There is only FOUR days left until the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After (yes, you heard that right), and while everyone’s waiting for it, I created a story diary for Lola and the Boy Next Door! (See my story diary for Anna and the French Kiss here). And there is also a read-a-long going on. Lola and the Boy Next Door is set in a city close to the one I grew up in — San Francisco, and although I moved two hours north of the Bay Area a decade ago, I still visit the city often. So, reading Lola felt like coming home and I found myself reminiscing while reading. Anyway… I included some photos and facts of what you can expect to find in the quirky city that is San Fran, my favorite quotes from the book & more! Have you joined the #IslaIsComing read-a-long yet? It’s not too late! We still have one more book to go (*ahem* Isla and the Happily Ever After)! The #IslaIsComing read-a-long is hosted by Andi’s ABCs, Cuddlebuggery (who made the lovely banner above), The Perpetual Page-Turner, Paperiot, and A Bookish Sinister Kid. Follow the tour, or follow along on Twitter! Story Diary for Isla and the Happily Ever After will be posted on release day, August 14!
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.
San Francisco, CA
Some of these places have been either merely mentioned, on their agenda, or explored in the book.
Japanese Tea Garden
In Haight Ashbury, you will find a lot of graffiti, art deco (indoor & outdoor), smoke shops, hipsters, gypsies, street entertainers, Victorian houses and lots of fun and colorful stuff.
Muir is one of the many beautiful places to stroll or hike at in the Bay Area. Although I prefer my hiking trails in Santa Cruz, Muir in SF is a sight to behold. If you appreciate lighting, the best time to go is late afternoon.
Cliff’s Variety (Castro District)
University of Berkeley
Where St. Clair and Cricket goes to school. (Side note: This is where I wanted to attend college to study sleep psychology, Latin and Greek, but ended up attending college where I currently reside in Sacramento).
Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley, CA)
Fun fact: There’s this little bookstore called Shakespeare & Co. in on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA. Sound familiar? There’s also a Shakespeare & Company in France which was also mentioned in Anna and the French Kiss.
…Aaaand because it is NorCal after all, I just had to add this…
Hey, who knows… Maybe this is where Anna and St. Clair gets their Banana Nutella crepe fix while away from Paris. 😉
Nancy Drew Classics
There’s also a handful of other detective books (i.e. History Greatest Spies, Detecting for Dummies, The Tao of Crime Fighting), all in Lindsay’s book collection.
“A slice of her left side is dark.” -Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door (pg. 336)
The moon in its waxing phases is symbolic for adjustment, growth, manifestation, refinement and attainment. Ya know… If you believe in astrology mambo-jumbo.
Each full moons have names. December’s full moon is called Full Cold Moon. It is the month when the winter cold nights become long and dark, which seems fitting in the part when this moon is mentioned in Lola and the Boy Next Door. This phase is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.
Well, hello! I’m Stephanie Perkins, and I write novels for teens (and for adults who aren’t afraid to admit that teen books are awesome). I was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, attended universities in San Francisco and Atlanta, and now I live in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. My best friend is my husband Jarrod. Our house is almost a hundred years old, and every room is painted a different color of the rainbow. We share it with a cat named Mr. Tumnus. I’ve always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. On weekdays, you’ll find me at my desk, typing away, downing cups of coffee and tea. On the weekend, you’ll find me at the movies, waiting for the actors to kiss. I believe all novels and films should have more kissing. For more information, please check out my F.A.Q.