LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR
Lola’s story is very modern, very funny and full of controversial questions hidden gently among the sequined folds of Lola’s latest costume. Potentially sensitive topics include: atypical family structure, age of consent, bullying and parenting. These questions are raised so naturally that teens can explore them safely.
Seventeen-year-old Lola never wears the same thing twice; the world is her stage and she lives to dress in costume. Her 22-year-old boyfriend Max loves that about her, even if her dad thinks he’s too old for her. The only thing that’s not going her way is the moving truck next door, signalling the return of the dreaded Bell twins: Calliope, the famous figure-skating prodigy and Cricket, her brilliant brother, for whom Lola has unresolved feelings. (DUTTON, Oct., 384 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780525423287, 14 & Up)