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I used to be a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan when I was alot younger and I think I read pretty much every single book that she wrote. I love the style of her writing and her ability to portray all characters of various ages, sexes, mental states and personalities. All of the different characters in each of her books are realistic and i'd go as far as saying easy to relate to - her books cover various 'real life' subjects such as growing up without any family (The Story of Tracy Beaker), living with a parent who has a severe mental illness (The Illustrated Mum), bullying (Secrets) and having a close friend die (Vicky Angel), etc. This book - Lola Rose is one of the books that mainly sticks out to me, it is a really touching book and i'd forgotten how good it was! I first read it when I was around 12/13, and came across it in my local library a couple of weeks ago while I was waiting to meet a friend. I started off by flicking through the pages and before I knew it, I was hooked - I read the entire book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was quite bizzare reading a book that i'd forgotten about and hadn't layed eyes on in over 8 years, but the memories came flooding back as I read each line and before long I was completely in the character's shoes and seeing the world through her eyes. That's the thing with Jacqueline Wilson - a majority of her books are written in first person and therefor are much more realistic and touching.
This book, Lola Rose, is about a young girl (i'd guess around 11, I can't remember her excact age) called Jayni. Jayni lives at home with her little brother Kenny and her mum, Nikki and her dad, Jay. Jay is far from world's best Dad and is a violent alchoholic, causing her, her mother and her brother to live in fear of his regular outbursts. The book opens with Jayni's mum Nikki unexpectedly winning a large amount of money (£10,000) on a scratch card. Nikki, with encouragement from wise beyond her years Jayni, decides against telling Jay due to his drinking habits as both fear that he will spend it all on drink and having a good time, and instead intend to keep it a secret from him. When Jay announces that he's left his job, and needs money to buy a car in order to start up his new business working for a mini cab firm, Nikki ends up telling him about her winnings, and the family go out for a celebratery, expensive meal. This is where the tension starts to build, and we, the readers, become aware of Jayni's parents' troubled relationship and both of their issues with alchohol. The two get into a fight, and after Jay hits Nikki once they're back home, Jayni decides to get involved which results in him hitting her, which he expresses regret for but doesn't apologise.
This is the last straw for Nikki and once Jay has stormed out of the house in a fit of rage, she orders the children to pack their bags. Kenny, Jayni's little brother has a hard time in choosing what to take with him - he doesn't understand the whole seriousness of the situation and I found this section of the book really intense and quite gripping - I was really hoping that they would be able to leave before Jay got back. Once the families bags are packed, they hail a cab and go on the run, adopting new identities to avoid being traced by violent Jay. Jayni assumes the identity of Lola Rose, a name she chose after seeing a model in a magazine with the same name - "One of the pictures had the model's name, Lola Rose. I tried the name out inside my head. I liked it. 'I'll be Lola Rose.' I stood up straight, tossed my hair, smoothed my nightie. Lola Rose sounded a seriously cool girl. She had long, thick, curly hair (my fine, straight hair seemed thicker and curlier already). Lola Rose had a perfect model figure. I sucked in my tummy and stuck out my chest. Lola Rose wasn't scared of anyone. Not even her dad. I breathed out slowly, a little smile on my face. 'Lola Rose Luck,' said Mum. 'OK. New name, new start.'"
The mother in the story is quite immature. She's an ex page 3 model and classes herself as the "skinny and pretty daughter" out of her and her sister, and she starts out as very ditsy and the type of woman that would choose men and booze over her kids, but as the story developes she really matures and sees sense in putting her kids first and when it is discovered that she has breast cancer, things really take a turn in the book, with her and Jayni's relationship growing stronger. The book is quite 'detailed' I would say.. I wouldn't go as far as saying graphic or disturbing, but there's stuff in the book that is quite hard to read if that makes sense with the young main character experiencing things that no child should, such as being physically abused by her father and living in fear of him/having to protect her mum, finding out her mum has cancer, having to start a new school where she's bullied, getting dolled up in high heels and wandering around parks late at night, living in a horrible and grotty house, having to care for her brother who has emotional problems due to the childrens' home lives and various other things that I won't mention or i'll probably totally ruin the book for anyone who hasn't read it!
I remember reading this book when I was alot younger and being able to relate to the main character despite never having experienced (at the time) half the stuff that she does. She is the sort of character that doesn't dwell on things are there's not billions of pages written about how much she hates her life - the story is fast paced and well structured. I felt sorry for Lola but still respected her - the character is very strong and copes well in the situations which she finds herself in despite being incredibly insecure and to an extent, emotionally damaged. The book is so easy to read, I just glided through it during my dinner hour while waiting to meet my friend at the library and I got totally lost in my own little world while reading it - it was like I was 12 again! Depsite now being an adult, I do still see the story as how I saw it the first time I read it. There are no hidden meanings or smart similes which you have to think about for ages to get the meaning of, the book is written as a child would think and as if you're simply watching there life play out in front of you. Despite the disturbing nature of the book it isn't too much of a hard read - I didn't have to put it down and take a break at all, as Wilson manages to keep a sense of hope (and even humour at points) throughout the book.
Reading this book made me grateful that I didn't have to experience domestic violence etc as a child and made me realise how easy my childhood was compared to some peoples'. The book ends on quite a positive note. It cleared up everything that I was wandering about throughout the story so was quite satisfying if that makes sense. The book overall is brilliant. I would say it's best for readers who are aged 12+ due to the content. The book is available pretty much everywhere - supermarkets, amazon, ebay etc and prices range from around £2-£6 depending where you buy it from and it is also available in libraries if you don't want to buy it. As far as I know it can be purchased in paperback or hardback and there are 292 pages.
This is another delightful book from Jacqueline Wilson. Most of her books are aimed at pre teens but I would say this is for 13-16 year old girls as the issues addressed are very serious. Jacqueline writes in an easy to read way and adds a little humour when It is needed. The book explores lots of different emotions mainly from Jayni and her mother.
Nikki who is Jayni's mum wins 10000 on a scratchcard. However she doesn't want to tell her abusive partner Jay as he will try to take it of her. Nikki puts up with the abusive until he hits Jayni then she forces them to leave. They have to change their names so Jay can't find them Nikki becomes Victoria Jayni becomes Lola Rose and her younger brother Kenny becomes Kendall.
The family have to start a new life which means a new school a new place and a new home. Lola Rose is left at home quite a lot during the book but she is very mature more than most girls her age. Her mother meets a nice guy called Jake and they all live together everything is fine until something terrible happens to Victoria.
She is then forced to contact her sister Barbra who looks after Lola and Kendall. The kids become very worried about their mum.
The book also features Lola's best friend Harpreet. She is a nice Indian girl who really likes the family and is very kind hearted.
The book has a happy ending which I love. Overall a great teenage book. My favourite from Jacqueline Wilson. She is a truely talented writer.
Jacqueline Wilson is one of the best children's writers i know, once i had picked this book up i couldnt seem to put it down! Not only is this a good read, but this gives teens/children the life experience they need like over coming a fear, family problems, relationships and luck. Lola rose and her little brother Kendall are on the run with there mum Vitoria luck, with 10,000 pounds in there pockets life isn't as easy as its made out to be. There the sharks, they are coming, and the little voice of doom inside Lola's head is calling her, and when her mum gets cancer and shes left with no money nor food its haunting her, and so are the sharks.The vivid descriptions really helps you get into the story, and help you feel the emission that Lola's feeling, leaving you on the end of your seat.This story is for only the brave hearted, and the teens who love romance. The value for money is the best iv ever seen for the quality your getting.
Lola rose is one of the many books from the best selling in the childrens market - 'Jacqueline Wilson.' Exciting and Binding, this book is great for any teenager or older reader.
Jayni, her mum and her little brother Kenny live in fright of there dad. Regularly he comes home drunk and is quite violent towards Jayni and her mum. Then there lucky day comes when Jayni's mum wins the lottery! They need to pack there bags and leave fast before it gets out of hand. Jayni's mum is debating, she loves him very much and if he finds them, he would be extremely angry.
Eventually, they left but Jayni started to struggle now she had to be grown up. She never knew she had to change her name. Lola Rose, she chose but her life wasn't as great as her name.
Her mum meets a new man but that didn't last very long, he was worried about Jayni's mum but she refused and said nothing was wrong with her. Although he was right. Jayni's mum soon ends up in hospital and now Jayni is forced to be grown up.
Everything was as usual but then Jayni's dad finds them ...
Once more a great crafted and life like story from Jacqueline Wilson - prize winning, childrens favourite author.
I read the whole book in one day, it was hard to put down after around two pages in. Every page is exciting, infact every sentance or even every word.
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I actually bought this book as a gift, but ended up reading it and keeping it myself. I always knew Jacqueline Wilson, was a renowned children's writer, but embarrassed to say, I'd never actually sat down, and read one of her books myself! When I was younger it was the likes of Judy Blume, and Francine Pascal, that dominated the teen market, so on the off chance that I started reading Lola Rose I was surprised to find, that I could not put it down. It tells the story of a nearly teen girl, her little brother and mum, and touches sensitively on the controversial issue of domestic violence; it follows their escape from their violent home, after a win on a scratch card, and the reinvention of their new lives. It's gritty, it's gripping and deals with issues that are present in today's society, instead of the airy-fairy happily ever after conventional tales, Jacqueline Wilson is not afraid to tread on boundaries, and write about what many would be quite afraid to, which I think is one of the elements of her success. Since reading Lola Rose, I have read three more of her novels, just for the enjoyment of reading such great writing. I have now seen for myself why she is a multi-award winning writer.
Lola Rose, By children's author Jacqueline Wilson is a gem. I'm still waiting for Wilson to release a novel that doesn't live up to its last, but i am failing miserably. Witty, emotional and incredibly well phrased, to impart grown-up issues on a younger audience, Wilson shows off her writing talents in this teenage book.
The story concerns Jayni, who's mother and brother, Kenny, are vicitims of domestic abuse from their father. They run away for a new life, and the adventure begins. From finding a new home and new school to hiding their identities from their father and dealing with all the problems that come their way. The young mother and her thirteen year old daughter and primary school son are forced to changed their name too- and the title "Lola Rose" illustrates the new Jayni.
From the front of the hardback novel, i was left puzzled by the shark image, which contrasts with the dainty title. However, i feel that the first impressions of the book gave me a very accurate insight to the roller coaster ride that is this 12 chapter piece. Released in 2003, it has a firm place on my shelf and there are parts i continue to re-read and re-read. Lola's fear of sharks, her mother's cancer and attempt to keep the family together are all surprises and extracts i absolutly adore for their uniqueness.
Perfect with a Galaxy bar on a cold evening, this is one you can really get your teeth into. For only £3.89 on Amazon, it won't break the bank- plus the bright, smooth and bold front cover make it a great present for young boys or girls.
Jaqueline Wilson has such a huge colletion of stories and themes today, but Lola Rose is a classic, rich story with many interweaving themes, problems and characters. It's very unpredicatable and a roller-coaster read. The ending is so different to the start and you really grow with the character Lola Rose.
I don't want to spoil the plot at all, but a few central themes are violent relationships, running away, parents with new partners, trying to survive in hiding, serious illness, looking after siblings, and growing up. But in true Wilson style, the characters are creative, imaginative and caring.
Lola Rose is in effect a character created by the main character. The children in this book have to adopt new names, as you will find out, and Lola Rose is a girl who must grow up fast to fit into her glamourous, grown-up new name.
If you've read and loved any Wilson books before, this is a very strong one. Great for any girl of many ages, child to teenager, and easy for boys to read too.
Jaqueline Wilson is an amazing writer, and has won multiple awards for her books. Her books are mostly aimed at pre-teens although she has also written a few books for older teenagers.
I bought this book when I was 12 (2003, when it was first published). I had always loved Jaqueline Wilson books, which was he reasn I bought it. It's still on my shelf now, so I've re-read it and I still love it as much as I used to! I have the hardbook version and the paperbook front cover is different to mine! The paperbook version looks like it's for a younger audience. The book covers the issue on violent parents.
Jayni is 11 (I think! Well she's in year 6 so that would make her 10 or 11!) and lives with her mum dad and younger brother Kenny. The book starts with Jayni's mum winning the lottery. She wins £10,000 on a scratch card. Jayni begs her mum not to tell her abusive dad about the money. (Jayni's dad (Jay) hits Nikki (Jayni's mum)However, when her dad comes back, he treats them like royalty so Nikki does tell him that she won the money and that they could buy the car that he needed for a new job (he had a row at work so he had walked out). So the family go out for dinner to celebrate. However the night ends in tears. When they get back from the restraunt, Jayni annoys her dad by not going to bed and he slaps her for the first time, so hard shes on the floor. Nikki is shocked and starts hitting Jay so he hits her. Then she's on the floor. Then Jay storms out to the pub.
As soon as he's gone Nikki tells Jayni to pack hers and kennys bag. They're running away. Jayni immediatley does what shes told and packs. They escape and get the train down to London, where they stay in a hotel. They still have pretty much all the scratch card money. Nikki decides they need to change their namesto stay undetected by Jay. So Nikki becomes Victoria Luck, Jayni, Lola Rose Luck, Kenny (who dosen't get it and wants to go home) Kendall Luck.
So they start their new life and all seems to be going well. Kendall and Lola Rose have started school and have new friends and Victoria has a job in the local pub. They also now have a proper place to live, a flat given to them by a special housing association, which they make cosy with scond hand furniture and paint. Victoria even has a new boyfriend Jake!
Lola Rose is already very mature for her age, but when hit by a disaster that Victoria gets breast cancer, Lola Rose must be even more grown up. Victoria must go to the hospital for a few days to get the lump removed. But Victoris gets even worse!How will they get through the disaster?
Jayni/Lola Rose - The main character. It's very easy to relate to Jayni, and you can easily understand why and how shes feeling.
Kenny/Kendall - Jayni's little brother who dosen't understand whats going on properly. Jay always had a soft spot for Kenny so he thinks everything was okay.
Nikki/Victoria - Jayni's mum who got abused by Jay
Jay - Jayni's father who abuses Nikki.
This book moves me even now as it's very sad and the ending isn't really a happy one. It covers an important issue which happens in reality. I don't know if younger readers would understand the end part of the book! But it's still a good read even for readers a lot older than 10-13ish.
Jacqueline Wilson books are about sad stories that can really touch your heart, they are mainly about children that have hard lives because of family reasons and are beautifully illustrated with colourful pictures by Nick Sharratt.
Lola Rose is a heart breaking story even though it ends quite well, it is about a family that is having a bad time because of their dad, he is always hitting Nikki, Jayni and Kenny's Mum, Jayni decides to call herself Lola Rose because it sounds like a pretty cool girl's name that isn't scared of anything.
One day Lola Rose's mum was buying a scratch card as usual when they got out the newsagent she saw that she had won 10,000 pounds, at first they had agreed to not tell their dad Jay but Nikki tells him, first it seems fine but then all the trouble starts and they have a big fight... that is when Nikki decides to run away with her kids...
This is a great book for children from about 10-14 years old but even adults could enjoy this read, it has an interesting story full of emotional action.
You can purchase this fantastic book off amazon for only £3.59 for the paperback version.
I must confess to a weakness for Jacqueline Wilson books. Brightly covered as the covers are, they're very clearly marketed at girls of nine to twelve. Adults who dare dig inside those bright covers though will find some very good writing hidden there.
She specialises in stories of children in trouble. Instead of children running from smugglers and pirates though, as it would have been in my Famous Five daysas a kid, these are kids more often put into hard situations by adults.
In Jayni's case, it's her Dad. He's been hitting her mum for a long time now, but when hehits her too one night, her mum tells herto pack up her things, takes her and her brother on to the next train, and flees to London before her Dad comes back from the pub. Before Jayni knows what's going on, she's living elsewhere with a new name - Lola Rose - so her Dad can never find them again.
But nothing is ever easy, and when her mum gets sick, things start looking scarier than ever.
At twenty five years old, this book still makes me sniffle, so don't be surprised if your kid cries over it. As I said, it is tremendously well-written. A word of warning however - Jacqueline Wilson does tackle difficult situation well, but I suspect most kids will read a book like this and come out with questions at the end. Parents would be well advised to read the book themselves, and be prepared to discuss it when they're done.