It's just a little later than now and Lola Hart is writing her life in a diary. She's a nice middle-class girl on the verge of her teens who schools at the calm end of town.
A normal, happy, girl.
But in a disintegrating New York she is a dying breed. War is breaking out on Long Island, the army boys are flamethrowing the streets, five Presidents have been assassinated in a year. No one notices any more. Soon Lola and her family must move over to the Lower East side - Loisaida - to the Pit and the new language of violence of the streets.
The metamorphosis of the nice Lola Hart into the new model Lola has begun ...
A sort of prequel to his previous novels (Ambient, Elvissey, etc.), Womack's latest may be his best, a dark and riveting look at where our disintegrating, crime-ridden society may be headed. The only difference between Womack's near-future New York City and our own is that everything is just that much worse. Police and the National Guard patrol the poorer areas as though they were occupied territories; riot fires burn continuously in Queens and Brooklyn; jobs are as scarce as affordable homes and the streets are perilous. Womack displays this bleak world through the diary of 12-year-old Lola Hart, a student at a private girls' school whose financially strapped family moves to Manhattan's poor and troubled Upper West Side, on the edge of Harlem. There two new friends, Iz and Jude, teach her how to steal and instruct her in the ways of the mean streets. As bad turns to worse for her family, despair twists Lola into a vengeful killer. With a street-slick future-speak worthy of A Clockwork Orange and an unflinching eye for the degeneration of our cities, Womack portrays a relentlessly convincing tomorrow that will leave no reader unmoved.
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When I bought this book, I admittedly expected something far different. I began reading only to find it laid out in the format of a young girl's journal. By this point; I was ten or more pages in and was becoming more and more intrigued by what this young girl - Lola Hart - had to say about the new world around her. I travelled with Lola through several years of her life, through dramatic changes of sweet princess Lola to Street Lola, through her struggles and through her emotions. By the last page I was left hankering for more, much more. I wanted to know even more of her life, to know how much farther she was willing to go to save her family and her life.
I beg of a sequel to this classic, or even a movie adaptation.
Fantastic read which provides a remarkably accurate insight into what could very well become New America.
Could not recommend this enough.