Lola ★★★★☆

4.5 stars 

It took me a while to start this book but once I did I couldn’t stop reading it! It only took me two days to finish but to be honest, I could have read it in one sitting. I loved the idea of this book and I was really happy about how the author dealt with the main character being the leader of a gang. I am also going to include trigger warnings at the end of this review because there were some things in the book that I was not prepared for.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. Receiving this book in exchange for an honest review did not affect my opinions in any way. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.*

Goodreads Summary:

The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang’s real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia’s girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola.

Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man’s world, she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter–and in many ways tougher and more ruthless–than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.

An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman who combines the genius and ferocity of Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White. Lola marks the debut of a hugely exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction.

My Review: 

This book was such a quick read and it was exactly what I was expecting, if not a little more. Not only was the main character a bad ass female gang leader, but she really cared for the young girl she ends up taking care of.

This book basically takes place over the span of two weeks and I ended up really liking that aspect. The short time span really conveys how pressed for time Lola really is and this, in turn, makes the reader eager to continue reading. I’m trying not to spoil anything but because it is told early on in the story, Lola is basically trying to keep herself from being murdered. Lola is such a strong character and the ways she figures things out only proves how smart she really is, thus cementing the fact that she is able to lead a gang.

*There are minor spoilers in the next paragraph but it basically only mentions a character that isn’t mentioned in the summary*

There is a little girl named Lucy in this book and her presence brings out a side in Lola that one wouldn’t expect from a cruel gang leader. Lola is nothing like her abusive mother and the contrast between the two made me really love Lola. Lola is unapologetically violent and fights for what she wants. For me, she is almost exactly what I was expecting when I picked out a book about a female gang leader. The only thing I hadn’t accounted for was her amazing relationship with Lucy.

*End of the spoilers*

Trigger Warnings for this book: This book does talk about pimping children out to have sex with older men in exchange for drugs. The topic covers young children and is mentioned on more than one occasion. There is also multiple mentions of rape, but there are no rape scenes in the book.

I would really recommend this book to anyone who likes reading Thriller and fictional books! Not only is it incredibly interesting but it is a very fast read so it makes for a great in-between read. Overall, I’m really happy I was able to read this book and will probably recommend it to some of my friends.

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