M OR F? by Lisa Papademetriou


Age Range: 12 - 15


Two teens entering high school become best friends, “brain twins,” in fact. Frannie, a straight girl, seeks her first boyfriend and Marcus, her gay friend, seeks the same. When Frannie falls for handsome Jeffrey, Marcus helps her contact him on the Internet and coaches her in the budding romance, all the while falling for Jeffrey himself. Unknown to Frannie, Marcus begins having Internet conversations with Jeffrey while posing as Frannie. The resulting misunderstandings provide the basis for comedy directed at younger teens. The authors write in a completely gay-friendly vein, promoting tolerance among their readers. They tell the story in first person throughout, in alternating chapters. It’s an emotionally sensitive light comedy, which will appeal most directly to those absorbed with beginning romantic relationships. Although it may be too lengthy for readers who fall outside that category, it should appeal successfully to its target audience. (Fiction. 12-15)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59514-034-4
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2005


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