Genre: Young Adult
Review in a word: Imaginative
Opening line: “I have three simple wishes.”
Lola is a whimsical teenager. As a masterful seamstress, Lola’s resolution is to never wear the same outfit twice. Every day she dresses in elaborate costumes. Her punk rocker boyfriend, Max, is trying to make it as a rock star, which doesn’t exactly endear him to Lola’s over protective dads—that and the fact that Max is 22. That’s the only sore spot in her life, until suddenly her neighbors return to the house that they had been renting out. The Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket. They’d grown up together as friends, and of course, she’d always liked Cricket. Lola hasn’t seen them since the Bells moved away two years ago, after Calliope turned against her and Cricket seemingly betrayed her. At first Lola is determined to stay away from the twins, but Cricket’s window is right across from hers, and somehow they keep ending up in each other’s paths.
I liked Anna and the French Kiss more, but Lola is a great story in a different way. Some of the struggles Lola has are very real for most sixteen-year-old girls. Cricket’s return, her birthmother crashing at her house, and a fight with Max all conspire to give Lola an identity crisis. Who is she, underneath all the makeup and hair and costume? Why does she care so much about others’ opinions? What is true love? Is there such a thing as “the one”? When is love about choices and not just emotions? One part of the story I enjoyed was that Anna and St. Clair (the main characters from Anna and the French Kiss) were now peripheral characters in Lola’s story, and you could see through Lola how their relationship has progressed since we last saw them. This gives me something to look forward to with the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After this May.
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