Marisol Guzman has deferred college for a year to accomplish two things: She will write a novel and she will fall in love. How hard could that be? She gets her very own apartment (with her high-school best friend as roommate) and a waitressing job at a classic Harvard Square coffeehouse. When she enrolls in an adult education class - "How to Write Your First Novel" - there are two big surprises waiting for her: John Galardi, aka "Gio", a fellow zine writer who fell head over heels for her last spring (despite the fact that she's a lesbian) and her instructor, Olivia Frost, the most exquisitely beautiful woman she's ever seen.
But as Marisol ventures into what seems to be her storybook romance with Olivia, things start to go off track. Between the ups and downs of her new relationship, her strained friendship with Lee (a newly out lesbian who is crushing big-time on Marisol), and her roommate's new boyfriend (who is equally afraid of Marisol and their cat) moving in, Marisol starts losing sight of her goals. Is she too blinded by love to see the lies?
In this long-anticipated companion novel to the Printz Honor Book Hard Love, which critics called "A bittersweet tale of self-expression and the struggle to achieve self-love", Ellen Wittlinger offers a novel just as emotionally honest and deeply felt.
"[T]his solid entry into the small but growing canon of GLBTQ fiction for teens will engage readers." (Booklist)
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content was okay, performance was terrible.
I would never listen to anything narrated by Anna Marie Lee again. If I could have given her performance zero stars I would have. This is a story being written from the perspective of a 19 year old lesbian. This woman read the story as if it were a wistful children's story geared towards toddlers. Her voice never drops at the end of sentences. It was painful, I almost didn't make it past the first minute. Since I paid for the book I forced myself to get through it. No self respecting gay woman would say "Annie Difranco"! Too bad this woman did a terrible disservice to Ellen Wittlinger. I would have liked to hear this read by a younger performer who is actually in touch with the twenty-something lgbtq community.
The print book, sure. NOT the audiobook.
Love or Coming of Age
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