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Love, From A to Z by Robin Alexander

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Robin Alexander books are like a carefully hoarded treat that we dip into when we feel rather deserving. Though this one was...

Pretend You Love Me / Far From Xanadu By Julie Ann Peters


A coming-of-age novel, this one has a troubled protagonist, Mike (Mary Elizabeth) who is struggling to come to terms with her beloved father’s suicide and completely broken down relations with her mother and brother while being in something of a denial about her own sexuality. Enter glamourous Xanadu, a new girl in her class. Sexy, straight, feminine, bad girl Xanadu. Naturally, Mike is besotted.

This book will resonate with every girl who has fallen for a straight girl. Who has believed that doggedness will turn the straight girl. Who has bought the lie that people want love more than anything else – yes, people want love, but only from a gender of their preference. Love does not transcend gender preference particularly if the person unequivocally identifies as straight – it is either d*** or chick – rather sadly, but strictly.

Besotted Mike and Xanadu become friends but Xanadu finds herself a guy, Bailey, who really does it for her. Mike watches as Xanadu’s relationship with Bailey develops. Strangely (and rather typically of this kind of a crush), Mike continues believing that Xanadu will notice her and become hers. Keeping it realistic, the author does not make the switch. This is really quite a relief because all the insta change in straight girls that romance novels write about can really give true-blue lesbian a warped view and set them up for some serious heartbreak, irrespective of their age. However, the author does give Mike one night with Xanadu. Now if that were to really happen, it would just make it so much more difficult for Mike to get back on her feet.

Mike is also a softball shero of the small community and they pull together to send her to a camp. The book ends on a hopeful note for Mike, with camp to look forward to, the beginning of a better relationship with her sibling and the hope of tomorrow.

A realistic book, but saddening. 


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