Lola at Last

By J. C. Peterson

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Publisher HarperCollins Imprint Harper Teen ISBN


Lola at Last

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Discrimination: Ableism,Discrimination: Sexism,Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use,Language: Strong Language,Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion

This Pride and Prejudice–inspired tale—a companion to JC Peterson’s Being Mary Bennet—spins a modern Lydia Bennet’s life into a tumultuous and hilarious coming-of-age journey, complete with misadventures, misunderstandings, mayhem, and a romance worthy of Darcy and Elizabeth themselves.

Lola Barnes’s summer is not off to the best start.

Fresh off a scandal that tanked her social status, Lola has somehow managed to also alienate her twin sister, lose the friends she thought she had, and put a . . . fiery end to the first party of the summer.

(The boat was barely on fire, for the record—and all the partygoers were just fine.)

Lola is given an ultimatum: jail time, or spend the summer with the nonprofit Hike Like a Girl.

Everyone seems to expect Lola to fail. But even as Lola encounters bugs, blisters, and bears (oh my!), she finds something greater that she’d been missing all along: unexpected friends, a sweet romance, strength she didn’t know she had—and herself, Lola, at last.

JC Peterson breathes new life into Pride and Prejudice’s troublemaking Lydia Bennet in this unstoppably fun yet startlingly moving journey perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Emma Lord—proving that you can always find a new direction, no matter where you’re coming from.

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School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—Lola Barnes used to have it all: popularity, a hot guy, and an inseparable relationship with her twin sister, Kat. But when it gets out that she and the aforementioned guy have been cheating on his girlfriend, Lola is sent away to boarding school, and when she returns to the Bay Area a year later, everything has changed. Lost without her social status and confused by Kat's new frosty attitude toward her, Lola accidentally sets fire to a boat during a party. She is sent to a highly competitive intensive hiking program intended to teach her responsibility and give her a new attitude toward life. Everyone around her assumes that this will be one more thing Lola will fail at, but can she prove them all wrong? This is marketed not as a sequel, but rather as a companion novel to Peterson's debut, Being Mary Bennet. While it does stand mostly on its own, it is helpful to have met the extended cast of Lola's family prior to reading this. Fans seeking a similarly playful Pride and Prejudice adaptation might be slightly disappointed with this story, but readers who enjoy well-written character development and personal growth narratives will be in for a treat. Peterson's writing is solid and characterizations are again very well done, and there's enough drama to go around. VERDICT A good purchase for any YA collection. This has a little something for everyone: romance, drama, character growth, and beautiful descriptions of nature abound.—Chelsey Masterson

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