Melissa Scrivner Love’s debut novel, Lola, tells the story of an unlikely heroine who secretly leads a small gang in South Central Los Angeles called the Crenshaw Six.

The narrative of the story is dark and edgy; it describes the hidden world of drug cartels and gangs. The plot centers around Lola’s desire to grow the Crenshaw Six from a small gang that has a few territories to a gang that can handle its own transactions and create its own set of rules.

The book feels a bit cliched  and the development of the various characters wanes as the story goes on. Much of the plot becomes repetitive and I soon found myself losing interest in Lola and the Crenshaw Six.  Overall, I was a bit disappointed in Lola because the premise had the potential to be something quite astounding and unique.

Rating 2/4

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