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My Invented Life Hardcover – CLV, September 29, 2009
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“Bjorkman sets her debut amid the high school theater crowd, peppering Roz's internal narration with imagined scenarios and Shakespearean humor, evoking all the drama inherent in putting on a play. Roz's voice is witty and genuine as she moves through the ups and downs of coming out (and eventually coming clean). Evocative of Boy Meets Boy and Dramarama, this makes for fun, thought-provoking reading.” —Publishers Weekly
“This debut is a supportive, enjoyable read.”—Booklist
More About the Author
During our voyages, my sister drew beautiful paper dolls for the both of us. We sewed amazing wardrobes for our stuffed animals. We became excellent swimmers and beach combers. We made up new lyrics for old songs. Canned food dominated our meals on crossings, so we really appreciated fresh fruit when we came into port. I dreamed of ice cream on the open ocean.
We kept up with school through a program called Calvert out of Maryland.
My dad read to us at night by the light of a kerosene lamp. Since then, I've always loved stories and wanted to write my own.
I live in Taos, New Mexico with my husband, and two sons. We often see coyotes outside our window.
For more, please visit my website at http://www.laurenbjorkman.com
Top Customer Reviews
The beginning of My Invented Life is cute, sarcastic, and filling to the brim with sibling rivalry. The middle is full of mystery and Shakespeare. And the end is a tear jerking conclusion full of sibling revelations and self-discovery (and more Shakespeare). The plot was a tiny bit confusing at some points, and when Roz and Eva are talking to each other I got lost in who was saying what. Speaking of Roz and Eva, I love them so much. They are such believable teenagers, as well as believable sisters. I loved most of the side characters as well, and one thing I can say that everyone will get once they read it: I did not expect Bryan to be that way. I also absolutely LOVED the Shakespearean insults. They're so ridiculous sounding, it makes it even better and even funnier, and makes it easy to turn a heavier scene into a lighter one. It's weird to hear (read?) someone insult someone else and want to laugh.
The only problem with My Invented Life is that there doesn't seem to be one clear shot of conscious plot. There is the main story line, which is Roz trying to figure out if her sister is in fact a lesbian.Read more ›
The writing is crisp and clever, making the book a quick, fun read. I especially adore the way Bjorkman peppers the story with Shakespearean insults and even includes a glossary of terms in the back of the book.
Roz and Eva's sisterly antics ring so true--just the right blend of love and competition. And who couldn't fall in love with Roz whose misguided good intentions lead to all kinds of laugh-out-loud moments.
My favorite thing about this book is the way Bjorkman makes us laugh while also making us question our assumptions about people. Ultimately it's a story about complex relationships, figuring out who we are, growing up, and forgiveness. Truly great read!
First of all, the characters. The main character--Roz--got on my nerves. Her way of talking and think just got annoying. And enough with her invented life scenarios (yes, I know this is the title of the book, but we got it). While I don't have a younger sister, I think if I did have one, and she was like Roz, we would not be close at all. A lot of the things she said and did were immature. My favorite character was actually Eva. Yes, I know she was standoffish, but there was just something about her that made me sympathize for her. And I think she was a pretty normal teen that is an older sister--wanting her privacy. And I didn't get Andie or Nico at all. Andie was hot and cold, cool in an eccentric way one minute, and just odd the next. And I didn't find any appeal in Nico at all. But I definitely like Jonathon. I have a lot of gay guy friends and I could see a lot of them in his character.
Next, the writing. All of the Shakespeare, olden days talk got old quickly. At first I thought it was neat, but then it was just too much. I was part of the theatre crowd in high school and college and no one talked like that.
But I do have to say that I like the way that it covered teen sexuality. Like I said before, I have a lot of gay friends. I have known some who came out when they were adults, and some who came out as teens, before I knew them. Luckily all of my friends have supportive parents. But I know that's not always the case. And I know some of the guys came from a high school where being gay was completely accepted and others who were outcast. And that's so wrong.Read more ›
This book's strongest point is its protagonist. Roz is a feisty girl with a good blend of sass, passion, and self-delusions. Her witty, laugh-out-loud narration--always direct, never dully over-eloquent--will draw you into the story even if you may cringe at some of her behavior and want to shake some insight into her. For the most part, the secondary characters are also well-drawn: they're people with endearing quirks, people who you'd like to hang out with. They're complicated and funny, occasionally bitchy and selfish. In other words, they could've been our high school friends.
Because MY INVENTED LIFE is so energetic and fast-paced, it occasionally runs the risk of getting annoying. Every once in a while I felt like I had gotten too much of Roz's snarky mentality, and her secret desires--her invented life--sometimes gets repetitive, in an "okay we get it already" way. Similarly, I had trouble understand the sisterly dynamic between Roz and Eva. Sibling relationships are especially difficult to write about, since they contain the requisite family love as well as voluntary platonic devotion, and I felt that Roz and Eva's relationship--particularly Roz's almost grovel-like approach to her sister--pinged around in all directions in a way that jarred me and made me the slightest bit skeptical of the believability of their relationship.
That being said, MY INVENTED LIFE is a fresh approach to homosexuality. In this story, the characters' sexual orientations are rather fluid, defying categorization.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The description says that My Invented Life is hilarious. That could not be further from the truth. It's actually quite offensive and gross. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Angie
We join the wonderful evolution of the protagonist, Roz, as she goes about getting her sister back into her life. As any sibling knows, when you're on the outs it's painful. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Justine Luparello
So I didn't really think this book was as good as I was expecting it to be. I had really high hopes for it -- it looked really original and different, the characters looked really... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anna LaGrois
MY INVENTED LIFE is about two sisters, Roz and Eva, who are both a bit similar and very different at the same time. Roz is more bold and brass, (along with being unpredictable. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Emz Chang
Roz and her sister Eva have always been close if somewhat competitive, but are going through a period where Eva has pulled back and Roz feels left out of her life and wants to find... Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This was a nice light read, and pretty short so it was a nice change to the long books I've been reading lately. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Coffee Bean Bookshelf
This is fun realistic teen fiction and I enjoyed it. The main character, Roz, is a quirky, funny and somewhat self absorbed girl who is just looking to find her place in her... Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Cherie Reads
I heard this book was funny and really didn't know what the book was about when I started to read it. It wasn't what I expected but I enjoyed the book. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by JennRenee
This book was pretty good. It tells the story of two sisters whose relationship falls apart all of a sudden. The younger sister is on a mission to find out why. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by T Joyner