Lolito, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


This is a Jerwood fiction uncovered prize 2014 winner.

She's online. 'I booked a hotel,' I say. 'Near Marble Arch.' 'That sounds great, hon. I can't wait to see you.' 'Yeah. Me too.' 'I'm vaguely nervous.' 'Don't be.' Do be. I'm a child. Lolito is a love story about a fifteen year-old boy who meets a middle-aged woman on the internet.

When his long-term girlfriend and first love Alice, betrays him at a house party, Etgar goes looking for cyber solace in the arms of Macy, a stunning but bored housewife he meets online.

What could possibly go wrong...? Hilarious, fearless and utterly outrageous, Lolito is a truly twenty-first century love story.




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Accidentally started reading it on my way to return it to the library for a friend. Super easy to read. Heaps of cute embarrassing funny thoughts about breaking up and getting together and the internet and the separation between real life and the internet and just doing things out of boredom 'because what else'. Like whether acquired taste is really a thing and how to act like a stockbroker who enjoys playing golf on the weekends even though you're a fifteen year old boy and how choosing food in restaurants is difficult : "I always want to split into several people and eat various meals then vomit everything back up and become one person again to choose my favourite".<br/><br/>Funny sad thoughts about wanting the internet to be real but being able to be serious online because you know it's not real sort of sums up a major theme running through the book and why I liked it so much. <br/><br/>'I still wish people could climb through computers'<br/>'Me too. Just not to here. You should try'<br/>'I'm trying. My face is against the screen. It isn't working. Maybe there's something you need to press. Like F5 or something'

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