That's what HE said Thursday #4: Cricket Bell

That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his heroine. It's the perfect meme to share all those awesome quotes!

Today I'll present you with my favorite quote from one of my favorite books! Actually, I'm going to share a small story told by Cricket Bell from the amazingly bright book Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.

“Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to the moon. And she was mysterious and she was perfect, in that way that girls who talk to moons are. In the house next door, there lived a boy. And the boy watched the girl grow more and more perfect, more and more beautiful with each passing year. He watched her watch the moon. And he began to wonder if the moon would help him unravel the mystery of the beautiful girl. So the boy looked into the sky. But he couldn't concentrate on the moon. He was too distracted by the stars. And it didn't matter how many songs or poems had already been written about them, because whenever he thought about the girl, the stars shone brighter. As if she were the one keeping them illuminated.  

One day, the boy had to move away. He couldn't bring the girl with him, so he brought the stars. When he'd look out his window at night, he would start with one. One star. And the boy would make a wish on it, and the wish would be her name. 

At the sound of her name, a second star would appear. And then he'd wish her name again, and the stars would double into four. And four became eight, and eight became sixteen, and so on, in the greatest mathematical equation the universe had ever seen. And by the time an hour had passed, the sky would be filled with so many stars that it would wake the neighbors. People wondered who'd turned on the floodlights. 

The boy did. By thinking about the girl.” 

Aaaahh, this boy, THIS BOY is like the perfect boy ever. He is so beautiful and sweet and smart and gosh, I love him. Every time I read about him I start to melt, and even right now I'm just like, speechless. Oh, I can live happily ever after in this book, with him. Seriously. You can bet I will read it again this year (maybe twice) because it's that good.

Oh yeah, not that it needs explaining but this is the part where Cricket tells Lola everything he thinks about her, how he knows she isn't perfect, but that she is perfect for him the way she is. 

He is perfect. Already mentioned that? Sorry. (But he is!)

Have you read Lola? If not, read it, read it soon! I promise it won't disappoint <3


  1. Aww what a sweet story. Hmm maybe I should add this one to my to read. Thanks for participating :)

  2. Cricket Bell is the best!!! My forever crush! I simply love him...

  3. Awe that was the sweetest excerpt I have read in a long time! Thank you for sharing :)

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

  4. adding to my TBR. Thanks for sharing! I have heard this Cricket name mentioned many different times, but I don't think I have ever looked into reading the book until now.