Book Review - My Invented Life by Lauren Bjorkman

Saturday October 3, 2009

My Invented Life
by Lauren Bjorkman
Available September 29th, 2009

Roz and Eva are sisters, close friends, and fierce rivals. Roz fantasizes about snagging the lead in the school play and landing sexy skate god Bryan as her boyfriend. Sadly, a few obstacles stand between her and her dream. For one, Eva is the more talented actress. And Bryan happens to be Eva’s boyfriend. But is Eva having a secret love affair with a girl? Inquiring minds need to know.

Roz prides herself on random acts of insanity. In one such act, she invents a girlfriend of her own to encourage Eva to open up. The plan backfires, and Roz finds herself neck deep in her invented life. When Roz meets a mercurial boy with a big problem, she begins to understand the complex feelings beneath the labels. And she gets a second chance to earn Eva’s trust. My Invented Life is set in small California high school during the rehearsals for a Shakespeare comedy.

What's a girl to do when the one person standing between her and everything she wants is her very own sister? Roz is torn between love and loyalty...and what is love anyway? Is it between boys and girls, girls and girls, boys and boys? Aren't there any rules and definitions? Roz is finding out that boundaries are more blurry than clear when it comes to love.

There are some really great characters in this book and Roz herself is a riot. She puts the "S" in saucy and boy does she know her Shakespeare, especially her Shakespearean insults...

"Take that you dog-hearted, horn-beast"

"That swag-bellied weasel!"

and oh, there are so many more (as a side-note, the author's website actually provides a link to an Elizabethan curse-word generator which is most awesome). I snickered quite a bit at the jabs between characters with these colorful phrases.

Aside from all the fun this book has some real hardcore issues at heart. Friends, family, love and acceptance...things that all teens deal with. Things that can be even more important if they are dealing with a huge issue like questioning their sexuality. Nothing heavy handed here, the author does a great job of taking a sensitive issue, mixing it with humor for a funny, witty and satisfying result.

A good fun read best suited for 9th grade and up!

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