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Lola is charming
on April 10, 2012
"For in running, as in life, you must be both self-assured and daring, content with where you are yet always striving for something better. You must have a destination in sight but not forget to enjoy the scenery along the way."
This is the story of the sweet and enigmatic Lola and her journey to becoming a serious runner and her relationship with Mr. Speedypants, her unintentional coach and self proclaimed personification of awesomeness. An unsung character in the book is the road, which provides an ever changing canvas for Lola's training, races, and daydreams. The stories of Mr. Speedypants and the discussions he and Lola engage in perfectly capture the playful, random banter of close friends that spend a lot of time together. The rapid exchange dialogue is reminiscent of Dickens, to whom there is a dedication in the front of the book. The real treat of the narrative are the sweeping, descriptive wanderings of Lola's mind; ranging from the extremely emotional to the admittedly silly (for my money Michealangelo is definitely best Ninja Turtle), they are always entertaining and engaging. If you are someone who is a runner, knows a runner, or likes to daydream, you'll be charmed by Lola and enjoy this book. Highly recommend.
After reading the final page, I immediately went for a run and let my mind wander.