Casting Call [8] – Lola and the Boy Next Door

Welcome to Casting Call, hosted by Tee @ YA Crush, Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Candice @ The Grown-Up YA, Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan, and of course, me too! Each Friday we’ll take a couple characters from our favorite books and discuss who we’d think would be perfect for the roles! And of course this gives us the opportunity as well to rehash our favorite parts of the story and swoon over all those dream literary crushes of ours.
Casting Call is now a weekly meme for you to join in on the fun! Just check out the schedule at any one of the host blogs and join us on Fridays!

First up this week, we’re casting for Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins! If you haven’t read the book, here’s a quick summary from Goodreads:

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 review: Lola and the Boy Next Door


Anna Sophia Robb as Lola Nolan

Lola: I chose Anna Sophia Robb for my Lola – I just think she could do a great job balancing between quirky and serious and she’s someone I could picture dressing up in Lola’s costumes and not looking totally out of place. I really think she could pull off the role perfectly. 

Cory Monteith as Cricket Bell

Cricket: Tall, lanky, a little goofy. I just pictured Cory Monteith the whole time. I know he’s a little bit older in real life, but hey, he plays a teenager on Glee (although I haven’t watched in a long time). I just couldn’t picture anyone else. 

Nathan and Andy (Lola’s dads): I know it’s incredibly stereotypical of me, but I really did picture Mitchell and Cameron from Modern Family as Lola’s two dads. I’m a huge fan of Modern Family and so that was just the image I had.

Do you agree with my choices? Who would you have put in these roles? And as for every week, be sure to check out everyone else’s choices! Catch who they picked and show them some comment love too!

And don’t forget, this is a weekly meme for you to participate in too, so link up over at Teen Lit Rocks so we can see who your choices are!

Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA
Tee @ YA Crush
Dixie & Maggie @ Gone Pecan

And don’t miss us next Friday when we cast The Selection by Keira Cass!

*Disclaimer: In our development of this feature, we discovered that the book blog Lit Snit featured “Casting Call Fridays” back in 2010. Our Casting Call feature is in no way purposefully copying or stealing this idea and any similarities in  format, casting choices, etc are purely coincidental.
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10 thoughts on “Casting Call [8] – Lola and the Boy Next Door

  1. Quinn

    Oh my gosh, I love the idea of Anna Sophia Robb as Lola. I know Lola is supposed to have brown hair, but she always wears wigs, and really, the color of Lola’s hair isn’t an important part of the story. But what I love about Anna Sophia (seriously I love how her name rolls off my tongue) is he big expressive eyes. I think that is absolutely perfect for Lola.

    I’m not sure about Cory Monteith. I mean he is certainly tall, which Cricket needs to be, and he is goofy. I don’t know if I am hesitant just because I think Cory’s character on Glee (Finn) is such a winer, and I don’t like that. But that might just be Finn, and not Cory.

    I love Modern Family, especially Mitch and Cam. I totally understand why you pictured them.

    Great casting! 🙂

  2. Lucy

    Nice job casting the Lola characters! I love Stephanie Perkins’ books but have a hard time imagining how they would translate to film, but maybe it could work. Monteith does fit the physical description of Cricket, good one! And Robb looks quirky and fun like Lola too. Modern Family is the best 🙂

  3. Elizabeth

    Hehe, I can totally see Cam as making a good Andy. I also like your pick for Cricket… that guy on the cover always looked too cool and put-together to be Cricket to me.

  4. Sandie @TeenLitRocks

    Ha! Diana and I joked about the Modern Family dads too. We love Cam and Mitchell! I’m a big fan of AnnaSophia’s (I’m a Bridge to Terabithia nut). Great job with Cricket. Cory’s a little puffier than we imaged Cricket, but he definitely has the height and the awkwardness going.

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