I saw KrystiYAandWine do this over at her blog and I thought it was so much that I decided to do it too. This meme was created by Alex@ Young at Heart Books. To participate you have to choose two books that you think is somehow similar and explain why you think they are. All recommendations should be made in this format: “If you like Book A, then you might enjoy Book B”
The books I chose:
If you liked ‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ by Stephanie Perkins then you might like ‘My Life Next Door’ by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
Lola and the Boy Next Door – Goodreads synopsis
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.
My Life Next Door – Goodreads synopsis
“One thing my mother never knew and would disapprove of most of all was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.
Why I chose them:
In spite of the title, there is a lot more common between the two books. Firstly, they are both great contemporary reads and perfect to read in the upcoming summer months. They both deal with the girl falling in love with the guy next door, and in spite of being so physically close, something(s) makes it close to impossible for them to pursue a relationship. I agree this trope is pretty common in contemporary literature and I’m sure there are a ton of ‘Next Door’ movies, but there is so much more to these books. They mostly deal with family dynamics and discovering what you think is best for yourself. The character development is seriously amazing.
There’s a specific quote I’d like to mention here (from one of my favorite books) which suits the theme that these novels try to express:
“Life is a big, fat, gigantic stinking mess; that’s the beauty of it too you know?” – If I Stay by Gayle Forman
To sum this up, I highly recommend both of these books. If you have read any of these books then I definitely recommend the other!
Thanks for reading!