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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
I was hoping that My Invented Life would be a humorous but touching story of Roz pretending to be gay but then realizing that she really is gay. That's not what this is at all. It's just Roz being a liar. And no, by the end she doesn't learn anything. She doesn't have to face the consequences of lying to all of her friends, since she never reveals that she's been lying. She pulls this "I'm 90% straight, 10% gay" card so therefore she hasn't been faking for the last few weeks. As if.
My Invented Life has a lot wrong with it other than Roz just not learning anything. Some things that I think were suppose to be jokes, just made me cringe or were outright offensive. At one point Roz decides to "forgive" a girl (who is rumored to be a lesbian) for not being attracted to her. Um, excuse me? Then she thinks it's alright to date her sister's boyfriend behind her back, because she didn't bother telling her that they broke up. That's not how that works. And worst of all, at the very end, Roz edits someone's coming out story to make it more about how awesome she is! Are you freaking kidding me!?
On top of all that, I had some serious issues with how Jonathan was portrayed.Read more ›
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 ›
It was very original, it just wasn't played out the best way possible, in my opinion. The characters were very original, too, but they were just very... odd. I felt like many of them had multiple personality disorder, because they would start by thinking or saying one thing, and then they would totally go against their personality in the end.
It was also hard to keep up with reality with this book. Roz has a tendency to fake things that she wanted to have happen to her, then start saying what REALLY happened. I don't know if it was just me, but it was hard to keep reality and made-up reality straight.
Now onto the positive! Roz was a very original character, as was many of the other characters in this book. The writing was also very good -- I loved all of the Shakespearean insults that Bjorkman wrote into the book.
I would say this is the book for you if you're looking for a fun read that might be a bit slow in the beginning. It's not horrible, so still give it a try if you think it sounds like something you'd like!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 22 months ago by Justine Luparello
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
I was given this book for an honest review as part of a blog tour through [...]. Receiving this book for free in no way influenced my opinion or review. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by thecovercontessa
Boy is Roz ever confused! And its a little hard to read the book, between her fantasies and the reality. The relationship between Roz and Eva is one of a strong sibling rivalry. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by Kristin Plausky