This book could easily have won the award for Best Contemporary Romance. The couple was adorable, one of my favorites of the year for sure. Such a basic award did not fit the book though. Yes, the romance was wonderful. But the two characters were also wildly unique and the entire book was different than any other contemporary novel I'd read. The award it received needed to fit this uniqueness. So the award for Beset-Dressed Love Interest goes to....
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins!
Then, of course, there is Lola’s neighbor and romantic interest, Cricket. Perkins has a talent for writing magnificent male leads. They all have their little quirks, of course, but that’s what makes them so swoon worthy. Though Etienne will always have my heart, Cricket is a strong second with his endearing personality and tendency to ramble, as well as his glorious pants (this will make a lot more sense once you read the book).
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Throughout the novel, Lola (a budding designer) comments on Cricket's fabulous style. According to her, unlike other straight boys, he knows how to dress. And though she notices other aspects of his style, his pants always stand out to Lola. They are not simply jeans, but fancy pants. Pants with pinstripes that are nicely cut and always fall (deliberately) above his socks.
As you can see in the illustration to the right (from Perkins' blog), Lola was not joking when she said Cricket was well-dressed. I am particularly fond of this illustration because it also captures Cricket's bashfulness, which is a huge part of his personality.
All in all, Cricket was a great love interest with some seriously great pants.