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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  2,880 ratings  ·  312 reviews
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.

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 f
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Canongate (first published 2013)
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Lolito isn't as controversial, as shocking, as good or as bad as what I've heard and read about it had suggested. It's a story about a 15-year-old schoolboy who has an affair with a 42-year-old woman he meets on the internet. Kind of Tampa from the boy's angle, or - as the title suggests - a gender-swapped Lolita. However, Lolito's treatment of the subject matter is surprisingly tame. The boy in this case is Etgar, a funny and slightly strange teenager who suffers from a catalogue of anxieties. ...more
Kadie Gray
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I was hooked.
I read it in a day.
It was really funny but when I reached the end I was left
thinking - Was that it?
I had read the whole book, enjoyed the majority but by the end I was left
unsatisfied and disappointed. The story seemed to speed up pretty quick
and then suddenly end.
It's as if the fast forward button had been lodged and Brooks was eager to finish it.
This being said it wasn't a bad read.
It's funny, it's witty and entertaining.

Hannah James
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I've just finished this and I have to say I absolutely loved it.
I find Brooks' talent to write as a teen not obvious but impressive; I found Grow Up and it's protagonist's voice unsettling until I looked at the back page and realised just why it was so juvenile but yet perfect (I was also fairly pissed off that Brooks is younger than me and published, but don't we all?).
This book made me laugh aloud on numerous occasions which is a feat. I also genuinely cared about Etgar and the end of the st
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I got the book, I was totally excited and had to read it immediately. And it was worth it. Honestly, 'Lolito' is an epic book written by an awesome writer. Honest? Yes. Shocking? Definitely. Funny? Of couse!

When 15-year-old Etgar finds out that his girlfriend betrayed him and lied to him, he trys to find diversion and signs in an adult chatroom and begins to chat with Macy, a middle-aged housewife.
Etgar, being totally screwed up, lonely, finds concolation in this and starts to build up ki
Alejandro Saint-Barthélemy
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: xxi
The main problem with this book is that the most interesting part (and with "Lolito" as a title it's something you don't expect to be a problem) is barely deIivered, meaning the love affair. I liked the chats and the two of them hanging out. I disliked that 3/4 of the book feels like pure filling for that.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
From the first rape joke I was grossed out and then it never really got any better.
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Angus McKeogh
So I read the blurb off the front of the book (by Nick Cave so I should've known better) and I wasn't blown away. Also I think the author is a long way from being the next generation's Irvine Welsh. But I certainly recognize the talent in his writing and he was able to write a cogent and collected novel at a young age, which is much more than can be said of loads of other published authors. I also read another review stating this was the most overrated new author of all time. That's certainly no ...more
Sean McLachlan
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I feel I don't read enough contemporary fiction so I picked up this book, published just a few months ago, by the young author Ben Brooks. What I found was a mixed bag.

As the title suggests, Lolito is about an underaged teen who gets into a relationship with an older woman. Etgar is 15, totally screwed up, suffers panic attacks, and already a binge drinker. When his girlfriend cheats on him he tips over the edge. In his loneliness he starts chatting to strangers on the Internet and ends up in a
Sassafras Lowrey
Feb 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm glad this was a library book. It was a fast read which was probably its most redeeming quality. It was in disjointed, unbelievable, and full of misogyny
Lindsey Lewis
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other fashion for the review and the opinions reflected below are entirely my own. Special thanks to the publisher and author for providing the copy.


Masculine variation of Lolita, from the 1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov. A young male who is perceived as sexually precocious and attractive to an older person.

Etgar spends most of his time watching gory videos and porn on the internet and wasting
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lolito is what happens when fifteen-year old Etgar breaks up with his first love Alice after she cheats on him, and he turns to the online community for some solace. What does he find? Macy, the stunning, bored housewife from Inverness.

The two chat and agree to meet up, both have their secrets, with his key one being that he's technically still a child, and it comes to a head two days together in London. Etgar is oddly likeable, dealing with social anxiety and clearly not one for cybering his aw
Julia Evans
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lolita is one of my favourite novels so Lolito had a lot to live up to. While the writing style, obviously, is dramatically different, Nick Cave's comment on the front really sold the book to me. Brooks has a way with words that turns the most ordinary sentence into something a lot more loaded and meaningful, making it a quick but satisfying read.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is certainly attention grabbing. The cashier at B&N lit up and said he had his eye on the same book. He asked if I could tell him whether it was any good. Hey man, this review is for you.

Lolito is obviously a play on "lolita" but the similarities are only surface-deep if you're comparing it to the Nabokov book. Pumped full of cultural references and the grotesque, it's a quick and occasionally funny read. (No really, very few books get me to laugh out loud. It was once but it was very
George Huxley
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I'll start off with this. Two weeks ago I was looking desperately for some Vladimir Nabokov, out of nowhere this book appears in front of me, and it looks like an absolute godsend. No. Lolito is sophomoric shlock compared to Lolita, compared to a lot of things. This book was an adventure and not a very great one, this kids life is just sort of boring, it's if the modern teenager took a pill that made him the modern teenager that old people think exist. This kid is not a depiction of any millenni ...more
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
To its credit, I tore through this really quickly. It's not overly-long and the pacing is fine (except for the end) but there are issues with it.

The main character and his parents and his friends are all the same breed of quirky. I think it would be ok if Etgar was the quirky one and existed outside normalcy, but for every character to be like this gets wearing (and is wildly unrealistic). Also, there's a weird distance between Etgar's powers of perception in some cases as how insightfully he de
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet!

I found it a really readable, engrossing book. I read it in about a day and just lapped it up. The dialogue was really easy and I really enjoyed its sparseness?

It feels sort of subversive and dark, almost like a drink with hidden alcohol?

It stuck with me a while after I read it and I would recommend it. My reading tastes have changed, though, so I'm not sure how dark it really is or if I would feel the same way about it now?

Nonetheless, if you like I
Jun 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
A friend let me borrow this book. She warned me ahead of time that it isn't something that I'd be used to reading. Knowing that going in, I had an open mind.

I'll keep it short. My rating for this story is because I was bored by it and because of the way the story is told. The subject matter is a bit cringe-worthy, but that's not why I gave it 1 star. The storytelling was largely boring up until the end and then it rushed to a hasty, unsatisfying finish.

Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This hit a middle ground for me – after an awkward start it was generally very readable, if never actually amusing at all. It was an interesting story that again never fully went to the places I wanted it to, and in the end the tale of a young nihilist and an older woman who meet online provides a fairly limp-wristed modern mirror for the Nabokov, but one you don't mind reading at all.
Nikita G
Feb 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
The book description seemed intriguing. However, I was disappointed by the content. The love story everyone is expecting only begins at 2/3 of the book, and the rest of the book is a repetitive description of the protagonist's life, which is mundane. Not recommended for anyone who is expecting something close to Lolita. The writing style is kind of trashy, too.
Logan Xander
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The youth of today confuses and surprises me. How can people live and act like they do in this book. It baffles me. I was hoping there were layers hidden beneath the insanity on display. It was all a lie. Not bad but not great. Would have better enjoyed it in my teenie years.
Michael Seidlinger
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every friend request is a relationship in-the-making. Beyond the glow of the computer screen is your next best friend and, maybe, something more.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
had mixed feeling about this book felt in parts disjointed as 2 stories playing along each other of young man splitting with girlfriend and internet romance with middle aged woman
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Torn between 4 or 5 stars but I really enjoyed and loved it. So funny and at times it can be intensely vulgar and very graphic, it was a great read for me nonetheless.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, I'll admit, the title caught my eye. And then I flipped through the book and read a couple of excerpts that made me want to know more. I devoured this in a Barnes and Noble cafe in just a couple of hours.

This book is about a boy who finds out that his girlfriend cheated on him, so he turns to an adult chatroom one day and meets a much older woman that he begins to talk to. Eventually they meet up in person.

Sure, it's kinda trashy. I'd compare it to a modern Catcher in the Rye or Perks of
Clive Gerrard
May 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a weird book! its difficult to class into a genre as it isn't suitable for young adults, unless you consider alcohol, drugs and meeting strangers on the internet for sex appropriate. It deals with the teenage angst of young fifteen year old. But no fifteen year old lives the life that young lad does, that I know of! I read that its a comedic novel ... I didn't find it particularly funny or poignant in a retrospective nostalgic kind of way. There is also no explanation as to why the headteac ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Moody and blatantly honest, this is a really clever take on an inverted Lolita. I finished it in a day and felt wholly satisfied when I shelved it.

Brooks did really well with regards to Etgar's perspective and narration. I didn't feel very sympathetic towards him, but I did understand the reasoning behind his actions. He's a really fucked up kid - which is supported by several flashbacks that look into his past. Is the novel controversial? Sort of. Is it controversial in the same ways as Lolita
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved Lolita despite it being a bit more graphic and controversially charged, but Lolito was a step back. It was a more humorous approach told from the perspective of the underage participant (rather than the adult figure) in a sordid affair which made it feel less... voyeuristic than Lolita. This story follows the main character as he experiences a betrayal and heartache and finds himself in the bed of an older woman.
It was quite a while ago that I read this book and I enjoyed it but I have
Sean Kottke
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The cover and blurbs drew me in, and the comical Lost Weekend dissipation kept me going. It does run on a bit longer than it needs to, and ends rather abruptly. It doesn't have the mesmerizing language of the Nabokov classic invoked by the title, but the dissonance between fantasy and reality laid out in both books is common ground. It plays a lot like a story arc from Skins in that it goes there, but stops just shy of there there.
May 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
So conflicted about this book. Eight pages in and I was so confused as to what I was reading. In parts I like the writing style and think maybe I’d read something else by this author, but Lolito just wasn’t for me. It was absolutely insane and maybe that was the point but the crudeness and cringe-worthy parts of some of it just ruined it. I hated Lolita but I might have hated this one more. At least it was over quickly?!
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