Tuesday, April 26, 2016

*Joood's Reviews* Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

You may or may not know this already, but Joood - Hooligan of Platypire Reviews is notoriously bad at writing reviews after she finishes reading books. I'm serious, her to be reviewed list is almost as long as my Platypire Read-A-Thon list, and that thing is monstrous. So after much cajoling on Joood's part, I have decided to help her out and once a week I'm going to write one of her reviews for her because I'm a good friend like that, and there is no way this could possibly go wrong. I will be writing the reviews as if I actually am Joood.

For this edition of Joood's Reviews, I've chosen Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters.

Genre: YA/LGBT+ Romance
Published: June 10, 2014
Pages: 256


When Alix's charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee's room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee's cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: "Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you."

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life--secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she's been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee's phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee's lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they'd thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to--but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a pastrami sandwich on rye with extra Miracle Whip (which is basically the nectar of the gods).

I really related to Alix in this story. My friend, Bekah, who is basically like my girlfriend (we do pretty much everything together and she has seen me without pants) often lies to me, and her lies hurt me so much. One time, she told me that Justin Bieber was opening for Nickelback when they were playing in Houston, so I bought tickets, but he wasn't there and I had to sit through an entire Nickelback concert because I'd bought the tickets and didn't want to waste them. Another time, we were going out to dinner, she said we were going to Olive Garden so that I could indulge in all-you-can-eat chicken gnocchi soup, but she took me to Logan's Roadhouse instead. Their loaded potato soup is okay, but nowhere near as good as the chicken gnocchi soup at Olive Garden (and NOT all-you-can-eat!)

I've been keeping a secret from her too though. Once, she baked me a pineapple upside down cake, but her cooking is so bad that I told her I'm allergic to pineapple just so I wouldn't have to eat it. I'm ashamed of myself for lying to her, but I can't tell her the truth without hurting her feelings even more. 

3.5 Platypires. - Joood - Hooligan

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About the Author

For the last 20+ years, I've been writing books for young readers. My YA novel, Luna, the story of a transgender teen beginning her transition from male to female, was a National Book Award finalist and an American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. (Thank you award committee members.) My other books about gender queer youth include Keeping You a Secret, Far from Xanadu (retitled, Pretend You Love Me), Between Mom and Jo, grl2grl: short fictions, Rage: A Love Story, She Loves You, She Loves You Not..., It's Our Prom (So Deal With It), and my newest book scheduled for 2014, The Double Life of Swanee Durbin. Also check out my book about bullycide, By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead.

I'm a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, PEN America, the Authors Guild, and the Colorado Authors' League. I live with my partner, Sherri Leggett, in Lakewood, Colorado. (We're celebrating our 38th anniversary this year.

More information about me and my books can be found on my Web site: www.JulieAnnePeters.com

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  1. Okay, so I was choke laughing while reading this.

    I don't know what's scarier, the parts that are true or how wrong the wrong parts are...

  2. Okay, so I was choke laughing while reading this.

    I don't know what's scarier, the parts that are true or how wrong the wrong parts are...