Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My Invented Life

My Invented Life by Lauren Bjorkman
Reviewed by Lisa L.

Roz has always been close to her sister, Eva, but recently Eva has stopped confiding in Roz. This happened about the same time that Eva started dating the guy Roz had crushed on from the beginning of time. Despite all this Roz is desperate for Eva to be her friend again and while trying to figure out what is up, Roz begins to suspect that Eva may be a lesbian. When she confronts her sister about her suspicions, Eva doesn't laugh it off like Roz expected, but rather acts very defensive. Roz is confident that it wouldn't be such a big deal to be an out and proud high schooler but when she tries to convince Eva of this fact, her sister dares her to try coming out herself. Ever the theater-geek, before thinking through the ramifications, Roz finds herself announcing to classmates that she has a girlfriend.

At first Roz thinks of the white lie as merely her biggest acting challenge to date and nothing more but surprisingly, Roz finds that pretending to be gay leaves her with questions about her own. If she's faking gay, why is she hoping that an alleged lesbian classmate has feelings for her? Is it possible that despite her boy crazy past she's not 100% straight herself? Is Roz helping Eva accept herself or is she discovering her own true self instead?

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