Three years after the disappearance of her beloved brother, a California girl reaches out to a girl on the other side of the world--hoping she will turn out to be much more than an internet friend. Told in a kind of gothic trance, from two points of view, about daring to trust that someone out there cares.
dakota gives an overview of the book:
in a moment, i will stop the world and trace the image of your mountain over the tired hills.
mt. fuji will appear.
ice will begin to run through my veins.
i will grow cool and strong enough for anything.
i have only you to thank for this.
at times you have been my only friend.
in return, i have given you nothing—and that is part of my shame.
i know you've been trying to reach me.
when you discover that i 've been here in the shadows, will you be able to forgive me?
for three years i've kept you waiting—but you refuse to believe that our connection is dead. i never asked to have so much power over your fate, and i have this terrible feeling that if things were reversed, you would be so much kinder to me.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW 11/08 Gothic Lolita: A Mystical Thriller Dakota Lane. Atheneum/Seo, $17.99 (208p) ISBN 978-1-4169-1396-2
Ambitiously structuring her stylish novel as alternating narratives and interspersing these with black-and-white photos, Lane (The Secret Life of It Girls) focuses on two half-Japanese, half-American girls who forge an unusual bond over their blogs, loneliness and fascination with the gothic Lolita subculture. Chelsea is in L.A. and Miya is in Japan; they've never spoken or even exchanged messages—they simply read each other's blogs. Their lives mirror each other's in their tragedies: when Miya's mother killed herself, her father abandoned her and her brother to an orphanage; Chelsea has not blogged for three years, since her brother disappeared). A manga that the girls love and the photographs add a surreal layer, as do the many mystical elements. There is even a suggestion that the girls have twin souls: Miya's grandmother consoles her about the twin who died in utero by saying that she was born immediately to someone else. Readers will find themselves quickly engrossed. Ages 12–up. (Nov.)
My latest book is Gothic Lolita, a kind of prayer about mourning and reincarnation wrapped around a Japanese fashion obsession. SIMON& SCHUSTER. with photographs. fiction, for teens.
also the secret life of it girls (ALA winner) Simon. (teen cliques, 100s...
Ambitiously structuring her stylish novel as alternating narratives and interspersing these with black-and-white photos, Lane (The Secret Life of It Girls) focuses on two half-Japanese, half-American girls...