Thursday, September 5, 2013

Theme Song Thursday (2): Lola and the Boy Next Door

Welcome to Theme Song Thursday where I choose a theme song for a book of my choice on Thursday! This is a sporadic post which will only be updated when I have material.

I finished Lola and the Boy Next Door earlier this month and during the time I spent reading this book, there was one song I just COULD NOT get out of my head. But before I reveal the song (here's a hint: it's by one of my all-time favourite artists), I'll give you some background information on Lola that might be crucial in understanding why I chose the song.


Lola and the Boy Next Door is a story about a girl named Lola and her neighbour Cricket. They've been neighbours ever since they were young, growing up together and becoming friends but in order to support his sister's blossoming figure skating career, Cricket moves away with his family. And before he does, something happens and he breaks her heart. So when he leaves, Lola is happy because she doesn't want to see him again anyway.Well, after two years of being away, Cricket and his family move back into the house next to Lola's much to Lola's dismay. But soon, the dynamics change and Lola finds the feelings she used to have for Cricket come back.

In the song that I chose, the girl is singing about the boy next door and she's wondering why he's still with her girlfriend when it's clear she's getting him down and basically saying that he should be with her instead. So while this doesn't make sense from Lola's view, let's switch the 'she' into a 'he' and it makes perfect sense, right? I hope...

Exhibit A
You're on the phone with your girlfriend
She's upset
Max is always upset at Lola!

Exhibit B
I'm the one who makes you laugh when you know you're about to cry
I know you favourite songs and you tell me about your dreams
Just like the guy and girl in this song, Lola and Cricket are super tight!

I have to say that the music video also pairs pretty well with the book. It starts with a girl in her bedroom but then eventually moves on to show the boy and girl exchanging handwritten notes to each other. Which is...exactly what Cricket and Lola did? 

via Fanpop
And at the very end, the girl and guy attend a dance together in both the music video and the book! 

Pretty clear that this song was made for Lola, right? Can you guess what it is?


  1. This song really does fit with the book pretty well, especially the line "I'm the one who makes you laugh when you know you're about to cry". I think both Cricket and Lola really cheer each other up and are there for each other.

  2. You Belong With Me is one of the most romantic songs ever, so I'm more interested in reading this now! Especially since I've heard nothing but great stuff for Stephanie's books. (And she has awesome hair!) So I had to skip through your explanation until the end, haha.

  3. Awww now that I think about it this song is pretty much perfect for Lola and Cricket :) I love them :D (even though I totally don't approve of the name Cricket...)

  4. EEEEEPP You Belong with Me is one of my fave songs <33 I haven't read anything by Stephanie Perkins but my friend said Anna and the French Kiss was pretty good!

  5. Ooo this might just work! Though the song doesn't directly translate to their situation but if you move it around it does make sense :D

  6. I'm glad you see it because I'm not great at explaining relationships between songs and books! :)

  7. I love You Belong With Me too! It's such a feel-good song. And Anna and the French Kiss is amazing! It's a feel-good BOOK and I think you'll enjoy it!

  8. Cricket is such a weird name! It took some getting use to because I hate crickets so I was a bit averse to Cricket Bell. He's one of my favourite fictional boys though! :)

  9. Stephanie does have great hair! It's amazing how well she can pull off that fiery red! Sorry about all the spoilers but I'm happy you're interested in reading it! I will be eager to see what you think of it once you get to it!

  10. Cricket and Lola's friendship is one of my favourites! It's so wonderful how they're always there for each other, like you said! :)

  11. Great minds think alike! But honestly, when I wrote this post, I was SO scared no one would get it. So it's lovely that you thought of it too! :)