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Pretend You Love Me

Pretend You Love Me In this fresh poignant novel Mike is struggling to come to terms with her father s suicide and her mother s detachment from her family Mike real name Mary Elizabeth is gay and likes to pump iron pla

  • Title: Pretend You Love Me
  • Author: Julie Anne Peters
  • ISBN: 9780316127417
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this fresh, poignant novel Mike is struggling to come to terms with her father s suicide and her mother s detachment from her family Mike real name Mary Elizabeth is gay and likes to pump iron, play softball and fix plumbing When a glamorous new girl, Xanadu, arrives in Mike s small Kansas town, she falls in love at first sight Xanadu is everything that Mike is notIn this fresh, poignant novel Mike is struggling to come to terms with her father s suicide and her mother s detachment from her family Mike real name Mary Elizabeth is gay and likes to pump iron, play softball and fix plumbing When a glamorous new girl, Xanadu, arrives in Mike s small Kansas town, she falls in love at first sight Xanadu is everything that Mike is not cool, confident, feminine, sexy and straight No matter how close their growing friendship is, Mike is always going to be far from Xanadu Following the success of Luna, Julie Ann Peters has written a heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful, novel which will speak to anyone who has ever fallen in love with someone who can t love them back.

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    About "Julie Anne Peters"

    1. Julie Anne Peters

      Julie Anne Peters was born in Jamestown, New York When she was five, her family moved to the Denver suburbs in Colorado Her parents divorced when she was in high school She has three siblings a brother, John, and two younger sisters, Jeanne and Susan.Her books for young adults include Define Normal 2000 , Keeping You a Secret 2003 , Luna 2004 , Far from Xanadu 2005 , Between Mom and Jo 2006 , grl2grl 2007 , Rage A Love Story 2009 , By the Time You Read This, I ll Be Dead 2010 , She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not 2011 , It s Our Prom So Deal with It 2012 , and Lies My Girlfriend Told Me 2014 Her young adult fiction often feature lesbian characters and address LGBT issues She has announced that she has retired from writing, and Lies My Girlfriend Told Me will be her last novel She now works full time for the Colorado Reading Corps.

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    1. After reading a fascinating study of library services to GLBTQ teens for one of my classes ([slais.ubc/RESEARCH/curr]), I started reading more of the literature being written for this young adult population. Far from Xanadu is one of the most recent and possibly my favorite so far, largely owing to the unique voice of its narrator, Mike Szabo - a 16-year-old girl. Nee Mary Elizabeth - but don't call her that unless you want a knuckle sandwich - Mike and her best friend, Jamie, have always been d [...]


    2. Read this review and more on my blog!Actual Rating: 3.5/5In a nutshell: I had mixed feelings about this but it's a quick and not bad, yet not extraordinary, read about family and loving someone who doesn't love you the same way back.I've been wanting to read something by Julie Anne Peters for a while now. Her Young Adult fiction often features LGBTQ+ characters and mental illness, and I appreciate that kind of representation in fiction. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of her books [...]


    3. This book is freaking amazing. It is just the right amount of difficulty so that you have to use your brain powere to understand what's going on at first, but once you catch on it's not too difficult to keep up. It is a little sad this is a trend of mine if you didn't notice, but the rest of the story made up for it. I don't wish to give anything of the plot away, and I warn you not to read the back to give it away. It's best to figure it out on your own. But it is amazingly written, and intrigu [...]


    4. Being someone apart of the LGBT community, I really was excited to see this book. When I read it, I really thought that it was a page-turner, and I thought that there were some parts that were really cool. I loved the characters, I loved the character Mike and for the most part I could relate to pretty much everything that she was feeling. On the other hand, I hated Xanadu, she was the kind of person that I would never fall for, no matter what. I was actually appalled at how easily and how blind [...]


    5. Pretend You Love Me touches on a lot of interesting and important topics, but I never connected with Mike at all, which is a huge problem for a character driven novel. Mike is just going about her life: work, school, trying not to think about her father's suicide. Then Xanadu transfers to her school, and Mike cannot keep her eyes or thoughts off of her. After a bit of an awkward first meeting (Xana thinks Mike is a guy), the two become fast friends, although Mike wants more and thinks Xana might [...]


    6. I would give this book a 3.5 if that were possible. Far From Xanadu has a different feel from Julie Anne Peters's other books. The writing seems more choppy, maybe? I thought this was better than Keeping You a Secret, not as good as Luna or Between Mom and Jo. I liked the emotional side of it and the pacing. It didn't seem as fast a read as some of her other books were. Mike is a likeable narrator and main charactor. I enjoyed watching her develop as a character. Her brother, Daryl, also grows i [...]


    7. This is my second Julie Anne Peters book. Pretend You Love Me is about a lesbian girl named Mike who loves to work out, play softball, and fix plumbing in her small Kansas town. She also has a best friend named Jamie who is also gay--but much more outspoken and flamboyant about it than she is. Mike is still dealing with her father's suicide and mother's detachment (and growing weight problem) when a new girl named Xanadu moves to town. Mike immediately falls for Xanadu and soon learns the heartb [...]


    8. I hate to mark a Julie Anne Peters novel so low, because I have a lot of affection for her work. Her YA novel, "Keeping You a Secret" is dear to my heart, and she's further shown her ability to write subtle, emotionally honest fiction in her shorter pieces. "Far from Xanadu" did not even come close to throwing me off the Peters bus, but something about it just didn't connect for me. The concept--LGBT youth falls for a straight girl--is intriguing; loving someone who cannot love you back is a uni [...]


    9. While this book is a fast read it is also a serious read. Mike (born Mary Elizabeth) Szabo is a dedicated student, an outstanding softball player and a good friend to her best friend Jamie, the town's flaming male cheerleader. She is also tortured by her father's suicide, her mother's morbid obesity and refusal to acknowledge Mike's presence, and her brother's neglect of the family business. Enter Xanadu, a new girl (orientation? straight.) in school with a troubling past who sparks an immediate [...]


    10. Throughout the course of a few snow days, you might get bored and decide to pick up what looks like a short and enjoyable book and try to read it through in almost one sitting. Well, Far From Xanadu was an excellent book for this kind of setting. And speaking of settings, it was VERY strong in this book (in a good way!). It takes place in a small town in Kansas, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city- a place where Mike, a junior in high school who has struggled with not only being open [...]


    11. Julie Anne Peters is probably my favorite author, so needless to say when I found out I won a book of my choice, I picked this one.Every book I’ve read by her is even better than the one before it. This one is no different. I devoured it. I just couldn’t get enough and in the end, as always with Julie Anne Peters books, I wanted more.I have fallen for a lot of straight girls in my life and I know how hard it is. Especially when they do the kind of things that Xanadu does. It’s torture and [...]


    12. One thing I can never criticize Julie Anne Peters of is being unable to craft remarkable characters in believable, real-life situations. It's her gift, and it gives lifeblood to "Pretend You Love Me."No one element sticks out as being particularly intense in the novel, but rather the weaving of distinct elements creates something greater than the sum of its parts. Small town, rural middle America. A family torn apart by loss and wedged apart by their own pains and regrets. The challenge of facin [...]


    13. "Mike" (Mary Elizabeth) Szabo finds herself falling for the new girl, Xanadu. The problem is, Xanadu is straight, and manipulative. Mike is in denial for most of the book, about a number of things: grief over her father's suicide that she still needs to work through, her sexuality, enormous opportunities in her future, the support and love for her in the community, her brother's concern for her, his struggle and grief, the truth behind her mother's obesity, and the fact that Xanadu will never lo [...]


    14. I liked this book and always appreciate the fact that there are love stories out there for the LGBT community. Ms. Peters books are always well written and great stories. Mike Szabo falls in love with Xanadu, the new girl in town. I started to find it frustrating that Mike kept trying to force the relationship between she and Xanadu. I understand how difficult and frustrating it must be to love someone that will never love you back in the way that you would like them to. The characters were grea [...]


    15. Strong, silent and suffering. Mike is one of the more intense protagonists I have seen in a while. She barely speaks in the novel, but we can feel her pain exquisitely. The small town is depicted in a balanced and loving way. Mike & Jamie are not excluded or made to feel different. The family dysfunction is allowed to develop naturally through the narrative, and Xanadu, although pivotal, is clearly shallow and not worth our time. Wish Mike could have reached understanding a bit sooner. Ah, b [...]


    16. Young Adult queer lit is one of my pet interests, and I really like Peters's work. I enjoyed the unique perspective of this piece - not only does it focus on family issues and romance rather than the drama of coming out, but the protagonist is a butch teenage lesbian. The added bonus of exploring the challenges of rural living, poverty, alcoholism, and living with parents who have psychological problems make this a compelling read in every sense.


    17. My favorite part of the book was the juxtaposition of Mike and Jamie, which showed two distinct approaches to dealing with sexuality and persona in a small town. Also poignant was Mike's coming to terms with her father's suicide two years before. The one aspect that fell slat was the romance angle. It kept going long after I was ready for it to be finished.


    18. I agree with other reviews that this small Midwestern town is a little too good to be true. That said, this is yet another sensitive look at growing up queer from Julie Ann Peters. I don't want to mention my favorite aspect of the book because it's an absolute spoiler, but if anyone else has read past the first 50 pages or so, let me know and we can chat about it - because it RULES.


    19. I didn't relate to this very well, being that I've never had a crush on someone who didn't feel the same way, but the sad story of a reluctant lesbian with a crush on a straight girl was thought-provoking and inspiring as well. I thought Mike was a cool main character. :)


    20. The only character I liked in this book was the best friend. The other characters just made me so mad. And I know you aren't supposed to like every character in a book, I just happened to like most in this one. It was real. I just didn't like the characters reality.


    21. Another great one. The town reminds me of my hometown. Mike is so strong and wonderful, overcoming a background that most of us would be hurting from.




    22. I've read this book a few times and each time i like it more. You grow to love mike, but you can't help but want to her 'see' whats really going on.


    23. Mike Szabo, teenaged baby dyke living in small town Kansas, is dealing with the suicide of her father, the rest of her fucked up family, and the fact that she'll be stuck in said small town for the rest of her life. The novel starts with the introduction of a love interest(?), a straight girl from out of town named Xanadu. Mike falls in love with Xanadu the moment she sees her, but throughout the novel, it's hard to glean the reasons behind this other than Xanadu being hot. She's not a particula [...]


    24. After her father's untimely death leaves so many loose ends that all threaten to strangle her, Mike is wondering how to believe in a future again. Is she relegated to staying in her small town, working at the Merc and sneaking in projects of fixing sinks and toilets as an unlicensed plumber for the rest of her life? Is her only chance at love with a wild, new girl who seems more interested in snagging the attention of the local "cowboy?" Or does being a star fast-pitch softball player hold the k [...]


    25. This book really spoke to me. It was on an LGBT to read list, and I picked it up when I saw it. I enjoyed it so much, as it made everything I fear into a reality, and then smashed it. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.




    26. Pretend You Love Me oh dear, I definitely did not like it as much as other LGBT books I've read. It felt a bit repetitive and just uneventful. I was reading some of these reviews and a ton of people said they loved it and were going on and on about how good it was, but unfortunately, I couldn't relate to them. I finished it and was pretty disappointed. I liked Jamie, though :)


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