The Author Note in the novel states: This novel is in part a literary parody of that great work Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It is my reply both to the book and the icon that the character Lolita has become.
Prager may have given an appropriate example of an ephebophile in the novel. She wrote, "No, this man [ephebophile] is a special man, a man for whom a Catholic school uniform, even on a mannequin, does more than a whole album of grown-up nudes." That may be an hyperbole, but it's closer than further from the truth.
Roger may have non-verbally expressed his attraction for Lucky, but she made the first physical move when she, "... leaped up and kissed him square on the mouth." She kissed him for dresses, gave him hugs for CDs, and performed oral sex for jewelry. However, Lucky repeatedly teased Roger when he wanted to make love. "Lose my virginity to you? What's in it for me?" Lucky asked. But when Lucky read in Roger's journal that he made love to Evie a, "...hot as a pistol," 11-year-old model, who he was shocked wasn't a virgin, Lucky was livid with jealousy and took matters into her own hands.
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