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Good story about gangs but not my usual reading material. Lola was well fleshed out and a likable killer. You could tell at times she didn't like her role or circumstances and at other times she loved the glory of leadership and power.
Overall I enjoyed the story. If you don't like violence or blood and guts skip this one. ( )
  MLLincoln_Library | Apr 29, 2017 |
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This book provides us with insight into the lives of folk caught up in the underbelly of dealing drugs. There is some resemblance to Perez-Reverte's novel _The Queen of the South_ which also places a woman at the head of a gang dealing drugs. It is a brutal and unrelenting expose - something beyond the quick/easy black/white of most crime novels - a story that colors in with background and characterization so that we begin to understand the underlying motives. These are real people who face daily challenges to nourishing their families, protecting their loved ones and just staying alive. This is a remorseless world filled with dangerous complications and life/death choices. Given the circumstances, would we have the courage to live any other way? Edgy, cinematic and action-packed. ( )
  dbsovereign | Apr 26, 2017 |
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What a fun read - good for laying on a beach or reading the time away on a cold rainy day. The title character, Lola, is the behind the scenes leader of her boyfriend's small up and coming LA gang. Lola is smart, ruthless, and doesn't believe in compromise. I will absolutely snatch up Love's next book. ( )
  mtrumbo | Apr 19, 2017 |
When it comes to feminism, women have a wide range of feelings and dedication regarding it. Some embrace it so heartily that feminism is the core of everything else they do or think…everything. Others look at it out of curiosity but are so little affected by feminism’s key issues that they shrug and get on with the rest of their lives, hardly allowing feminism ever to cross their minds again. And then there are some women, maybe most women, whose attitude about feminism fits somewhere between the two extremes.

Lola, an LA gangbanger, is most definitely a feminist – and she will kill any rival (or even fellow gang member) who fails to take her seriously as head of the South Central “Crenshaw Six,” a small drug gang that controls only a tiny portion of South Central Los Angeles. Lola may be a feminist, but she is also smart enough to recognize the advantages of flying under the radar of rival gangbangers and the LA cops. In public, it is Garcia, Lola’s boyfriend, who takes the role of Crenshaw Six leader. But the gang (all of whom were there when Lola put a bullet between the eyes of her predecessor) understands just how ruthless and ambitious Lola is. She has big plans for herself and the gang, and as long as everyone she deals with outside her gang underestimates her, she might just pull off those plans. But when a Mexican cartel comes to the Crenshaw Six with a proposition that is as likely to get them all killed as it is to make them rich, a proposition they are not going to be allowed to refuse, things start getting complicated.

When things do not go as the cartel instructed, Garcia and the Crenshaw Six have to find a way to make things right. If they don’t, as supposed girlfriend of the gang’s leader, Lola will have to pay with her life – and hers will be neither a quick nor an easy death if it comes to that. Lola knows that if her life is to be saved, it is up to her to figure out how to get it done. In the meantime, while she wrestles with serious threats from the cartel, two rival drug gangs, and her own brother, Lola intends to fight back from the shadows. But staying in the shadows irks the feminist that Lola is, and when her cover story finally breaks, she begins to have the time of her life – short as that life might turn out to be.

Lola is an interesting character, one who may not be quite as tough or as ruthless as she wants everyone to think she is, but one who will do whatever it takes to protect her gang and her family (well, not so much her mother, as it turns out). The novel is one that demands a sequel or maybe even a whole series, and it would not surprise me to be binge-watching it on Netflix in a few years. ( )
  SamSattler | Apr 17, 2017 |
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Lola begins with the titular character amongst a gaggle of women at a barbeque she and her boyfriend/gang leader Garcia are hosting for the neighborhood. The gathering is interrupted by El Collecionista, middle management to the drug cartel his gang, The Crewnshaw Six, work for. They are given a chance to do a job to elevate their status and make some major money. The fallback if they fail, Lola's life. When the job goes from bad to worse, Lola reveals she is more than a mere pawn in the men's game. Every time she and Garcia think they've figured out a way to scrape by and live, another thread of the story gets tugged. From Lola's childhood of her mother trading her sexually to fuel her drug binges to Lola stuck between rival cartel bosses, she proves she is a force to be reckoned with. She has strength and resolve by the barrel full. Its not a question of if she can figure out a plan to save herself but if she can do it before the ticking clock counts down and how much she'll have to sacrifice along the way. Great read. ( )
  staceyfronczak | Apr 16, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451496108, Hardcover)

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

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.      

Lola marks the debut of a hugely exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction.

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