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Lola Love isn't looking forward to her summer holidays. Angel, her BFF, is away in Paris. Her cool aunt Lullah has just moved to New York. She's not getting on very well with her mum. She wants a 'thing' - she wants something cool that makes her her. When the going gets tough, there's only one thing to do: think pink.

Livin' La Vida Lola by Lisa Clark

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Category: Confident Readers
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath
Reviewed by Keith Dudhnath
Summary: Lola Love's a funky chica who doesn't know what to do with her summer holiday. She's on the lookout for new friends and interests, whilst still being her usual glamorous and fabulous self. The first fiction book based on Lola love is everything her fans would hope it to be. You can also read Bookbag's interview with Lisa Clark.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 144 Date: February 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-0007280681

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Hot on the heels of the fabulous guides to life comes the first fiction book featuring Lola Love. In the non-fiction books, Bookbag loved how funky Lola was and how zesty her lingo was. That continues in spades here. From the first mention of parentals, and 'I heart Audrey Hepburn', you're totally hooked.

It's by no means a preachy book, but Lola is a fantastic role model for teens and tweens. She's not concerned with rampant consumerism - she's much happier finding a fabulous outfit in a 'chazza shop' than having all the latest designer gear. She has a few doubts about how she looks, but wishes she lived in a time when curves were cool. She's developing a bit of an interest in the opposite sex, but doesn't think the solution to all her problems can be found just by getting a boyfriend. Even though all her approaches to issues are very right-on, she's still has her own unique and glamorous style. She is very much a fabulous chica.

Livin' La Vida Lola is a fun read. The writing style is crisp and quirky, sucking the reader into Lola's beautifully pink world. The story is interspersed with emails to her aunt, notes in her journals and postcards from Angel, all of which keep it fresh and exciting. It's gentle and engaging; all the young readers will wish that Lola was their friend. They can check out her website at

The series continues with Lola Love and the Rainbow Hearts, in which she starts a band, and Cupcakes and Glitter Shakes, where she does work experience at a teen magazine. Unlike many series, you won't need to have read the previous books to understand and enjoy subsequent ones. However, the high quality is maintained throughout them, so you will end up reading them all anyway. Great stuff.

My thanks to the publishers for sending it to Bookbag.

Fans will want to check out the earlier Lola Love guides: Think Pink, It's a Girl Thing and Viva La Diva! Books with other funky chicas include The Space Brigade and the Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella and How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant.

Bookinterviews.jpg Lisa Clark was kind enough to be interviewed by Bookbag.

Booklists.jpg Livin' La Vida Lola by Lisa Clark is in the Top Ten Teen Chick Lit Books.

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