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  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805089500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805089509
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 9 Up—Self-proclaimed drama geek Roz Peterson has an active fantasy life, which she often confuses with reality. She thinks that her sister Eva, who is no longer confiding in her, is a lesbian and in love with her friend Carmen. Roz dreams of Eva's boyfriend, Bryan, reciprocating her longtime crush. In an effort to encourage her sister, Roz decides to come out at school and invent a new sexual identity for herself as a lesbian, the only problem being that she is basically heterosexual. The hapless Roz is an exceptionally unreliable narrator who makes clumsy attempts to figure out what is going on with all the other people in her life. All this real-life gender-bending takes place during the drama club's production of As You Like It. This novel is particularly good at evoking teenage confusion about sexual preference and identity, and Bjorkman's depiction of the drama-club crowd is absolutely spot-on, especially the characters' trading of Shakespearean insults online and the practical jokes they play on one another. Narrator Roz is funny, well intentioned, and likable despite her cluelessness, and she is surrounded by a realistic cast of adult and teen characters representing a wide variety of viewpoints and sexual preferences. This is an enjoyable read that will be especially appealing to theater aficionados.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
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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

 

 


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I grew up on a sailboat, sharing the tiny forecastle with my sister and the sail bags. Against all odds, we are still friends. We started sailing in California and ended in Argentina. My favorite stops along the way were Costa Rica, Panama, Isla Providencia, Key West, the Azores, the Canary Islands, and Brazil.

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

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I also liked how the main characters all grew a lot.
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My favorite thing about this book is the way Bjorkman makes us laugh while also making us question our assumptions about people.
Syd
Lauren has in My Invented Life a fast paced, funny journey all in the mist of the character's Shakespeare play.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Syd on March 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Absolutely hilarious--with as many twists and turns as the school production of Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT which provides the backdrop for the action in this playful romp.

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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By YA Book Lover on March 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book almost as much I as I love the smooshed up faces of the girls on the cover!!!

Ah. Sisters. Such complex relationships most of us have with our sisters, and an especially endearing and funny one In My Invented Life. Roz the main character is quirky and loveable despite inventing a new sexuality for herself, to try to out her sister. The fact that she fantisizes over her sister's boyfriend was sooooooooo well done.

Filled with drama, both the Shakespearean kind as well as the teen self-induced kind, this is a surprising story that tugs at emotion while inducing genuine laughter. This is a book that made me laugh, cry and think and I highly recommend it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on February 10, 2010
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Our youth teach us that we humans are far more resourceful and full of possibility than "grown ups" may think.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on January 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm seriously starting to doubt that a 2009 Debutante can ever write a bad book. Since, My Invented Life was a hilarious, laugh out load type of novel with an excellent cast of characters and if isn't obvious enough yet, Lauren is part of that amazing group.

Anyway, getting back to My Invented Life, I simply adored it. Roz was an awesome main character that often left you in stitches with her blunt observations and tell it as it attitude. I loved how she would go to the end of the earth for her sister or in her case lie about her sexuality to get Eva to finally admit something that everyone kind of knew. Eva was also a fun character and her and Roz played well of each other's senses of humour. Plus, as I mentioned above, I envied their sisterly bond. The other main characters were also pretty cool, I loved eyeliner Andie, dorky but sweet Nico, and Carmen.

The plot was also an high point. Lauren has in My Invented Life a fast paced, funny journey all in the mist of the character's Shakespeare play. While the story was always a bit obvious and predictable, other things such as Lauren's writing and Roz overshadowed it.

The one thing that will most likely make this a new favorite for teens was that My Invented Life addressed a very honest look at a teens life. It was interesting to see all the characters explore their sexuality and see were they wanted to be with it all.

Overall, My Invented Life was a charming read that I hope will find a place in your heart, as it did mine.

Grade: A+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on November 6, 2012
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To say I loved this book is not enough! I adored it and will tell lovers of teen ya as well as those having issues being GBLT that they need to read it. This book makes me long for a little or older sister to tell all my secrets to. But I guess I'll have to live with my husband for that one.

This book expresses to be true to yourself no matter what. I loved Roz's Invented Life and understand how sometimes FANTASY is better than reality I've been there. I have seen some reviewers say that she was childish or immature. BUT isn't that the point? She is a teen who is discovering who she is and what she wants from life, so if she wasn't immature as they say she is what would be the point of her finding who she really is. I love this book and will be donating my copy to my local library! Thanks Lauren for booking the tour and showing me some yummy books!! I can't wait to read more from this author. I purchased this book on my own with my own money as well as purchasing a print copy. I loved all of the Elizabethan Curses and its great that they are at the back of my copy. I will use them frequently lol.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Howell on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When I read the description of this book, I thought it would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, it just wasn't.

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.
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