Our "lovable" protagonist is Mary Elizabeth "Lola" Cep.
Lola loves having the attention of as many people
as possible focused on her. Lola is
an actress, you see. Lola believes she is Audrey Hepburn, or Vivian Leigh or whomever
else she is imitating that week. Lola thinks the world has come to an end now that her
favorite band has broken up. But wait! Aren't they
giving one final plot contrivance,
I mean, farewell concert? Of course they are. Lola will do everything in her power to see
that she gets to go to that concert. Lola even goes on a hunger strike. Poor, poor
Lola sees everything as a contest between her and her worst enemy,
Carla Santini. Carla is supposed to be the villain of this story, but I wound up rooting
for her in the hopes that she would shut Lola up. Lola is also a compulsive liar. She
even goes so far as to tell her best friend that both her father and her stepfather died
in tragic accidents. Throughout the course of the book she also lies to a large number of
her classmates, her drama teacher, and her mother.
The best part of this
book was the last page. The most distressing part of this book is the
ending that guarantees a sequel. More Lola? I don't think I can take
I checked this book out of the library in the hopes of reading some
quality YA lit. What I got was a predictable book with an infuriating,
unlikable protagonist. I've also developed a deep hatred of the name
Excuse me while I go read a Sarah Dessen book to get the bad taste
out of my mouth.