Love & Lies

  • by Ellen Wittlinger
  • Narrated by Anne Marie Lee
  • 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"[T]his solid entry into the small but growing canon of GLBTQ fiction for teens will engage readers." (Booklist)


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Love or Coming of Age

Either way this an excellent piece of fiction for both the adult and YA markets. This is one of the few lesbian themed books that was able to overcome the romance genres worst cliches. Okay maybe I'm just guilty of totally over relating to Lee and Marisol. I'm a 19 year old out lesbian who is probably more similar to Lee than I'm totally comfortable with. My big sister Stacy reminds me a lot of Marisol; very strong, extremely confident, and seems to feel no trepidation even when she's encountering a person or situation where some fear might be warranted.
Then there's the character of Olivia who is an advanced version of the high school mean girl b***h that most of the girl's in her class are scared of. Being on the receiving end of attention from that girl created dread to the extreme and created nausea if you found yourself in one of her classes; especially when you were walking in the halls between classes. They always managed to find acolytes who lived to kiss their ...rings. Then way too often they would turn on these girls using information they'd gotten from them supposedly in confidence. Some of the minor characters in the books seemed to be kind of formulaic; particularly her roommate and her mother. The mother in particular is a little too over the top. Although Stacy's dad is sometimes kind of like that for us. Which reminds me if there are spelling or grammatical errors, blame him.
This is a really great listen; even for people who aren't 19 year old lesbians; give it a shot.
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- Me & My Girls "Thanks and respect to the women that served and paid a high price. You are still gorgeous Shi; your scars make you even more beautiful."

content was okay, performance was terrible.

Would you try another book from Ellen Wittlinger and/or Anne Marie Lee?

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.

Would you recommend Love & Lies to your friends? Why or why not?

The print book, sure. NOT the audiobook.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-21-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios