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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Review: Gothic Lolita by Dakota Lane

Author: Dakota Lane
Pages: 194
Publisher: Ginee Seo Books
Genre: YA Free Verse
Source: Purchased
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Chelsea lives in Los Angeles; Miya lives in Tokyo. Other than the fact they're both half Japanese and obsessed with dressing like Gothic Lolitas, they would seem to have nothing in common. Or do they?


They got to know each other through their blogs. But three years ago something happened to Chelsea, an event so terrible that she stopped writing altogether. Miya's been checking Chelsea's blog ever since, to see if she's come back, but she never has. Until today.


Today is the day Chelsea finally goes back online and tells Miya everything. And today is the day that Miya's life could change forever because of it. Like a Japanese manga come to life, Gothic Lolita is a mythic fairy tale about love, death, and rebirth...and the courage it takes to reach out to another soul.
Gothic Lolita is one of those novels, one that speaks to the reader and has a message, but one that I really disliked reading.

I really am not a fan of free verse, and that’s exactly what this book was—with no capitalization whatsoever, which REALLY drove me crazy. If you’re like me and are easily distracted by lack of capitalization (my inner-editor was throwing chairs against the walls of my brain) then I suggest not reading this book.

I was just generally confused with this book, and not in the great “Harry Potter” confused way. It also took forever for the book to go anywhere, and even when the plot did move, it only moved an inch and then stopped, as if it were too tired to get up and keep going.

Also, I’m really not too keen on the cover photograph. That angle is really unflattering, and it makes the model look very… un-modely.

One aspect that I did like was the photography in between the narrative parts. The photos gave perspective to the story, and brought to life the setting. I give this novel 1.5 out of 5 stars.


  1. I read this one and liked it okay but the free verse did get very daunting, especially at first. I thought it was interesting and a little off which I enjoyed. Thanks for the honest review and I'm sorry you ended up not liking it.

  2. Haven't heard of this one. Will have to look into it.

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