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grl2grl: Short fictions
     

grl2grl: Short fictions

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by Julie Anne Peters
 

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In this honest, emotionally captivating short story collection, renowned author and National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters offers a stunning portrayal of young women as they navigate the hurdles of relationships and sexual identity. From the young lesbian taking her first steps toward coming out to the two strangers who lock eyes across a crowded train, from

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In this honest, emotionally captivating short story collection, renowned author and National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters offers a stunning portrayal of young women as they navigate the hurdles of relationships and sexual identity. From the young lesbian taking her first steps toward coming out to the two strangers who lock eyes across a crowded train, from the transgender teen longing for a sense of self to the girl whose abusive father has turned her to stone, Peters is the master of creating characters whose own vulnerability resonates with readers and stays with them long after the last page is turned. Grl2grl shows the rawness of teenage emotion as young girls become women and begin to discover the intricacies of love, dating and sexuality.

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Publishers Weekly

Peters's (Luna) short stories focus mostly on young lesbians but also take in teens struggling with other gender and sexuality issues. Their conflicts range from commonplace (Mariah tries to summon the nerve to attend a Gay/Straight Alliance meeting; Kat wonders if the cellist she likes at music camp returns her feelings) to extreme (Cammie, sexually abused by her father almost nightly, worries that she will never feel pleasure; transgendered Vince, née Eva, is assaulted by a group of guys after work). Regardless of the intensity of the characters' struggles, girls of any sexual orientation will feel quickly drawn into the lives glimpsed here, thanks to the authenticity of Peters's voices. However, many of the stories feel like the beginnings of intriguing novels rather than standalone works, and endings can seem arbitrary. On the other hand, teens searching for a fast read, especially in an underserved subject, will be gratified to find this collection, and the author's ability to bring such a diverse cast to life is impressive. Ages 15-up. (Sept.)

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VOYA - Amy Fiske
In this short story collection, Peters navigates the varied emotional terrain of the lesbian teenager. There is something for everyone here, gay and straight alike. The issues that the stories explore encompass a wide range of teen emotions and experiences, from the girl who keeps returning to an emotionally abusive relationship to the teen with a crush on her teacher. Teens spend their adolescent years coming to grips with self-identity; however, as these stories tenderly reveal, that process takes on an added poignancy when the identity in question is still a cultural taboo. Peters provides readers with a window into the worlds of a transgender teen, a stone-butch abuse survivor, and ordinary teens in various stages of self-acceptance. Not every teen will pick up this book, but those who do will find their efforts rewarded with beautifully written prose, characters who are hauntingly real, and honestly portrayed emotions. Peters gives eloquent voice to a marginalized group, which alone merits this book's inclusion in teen collections. Librarians and teachers should be aware of the clear descriptions of each character's experiences, which include incest, sexual situations, and a gay-bashing scene. It also contains stories of great beauty, strength, and courage. For straight teens, this collection will be a haunting revelation and a chance to feel someone else's experience; for gay teens, these tenderly written stories will provide an emotional lifeline of acceptance.
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up
This collection consists of 10 short stories, all written in first person, about being a girl-in love with another girl, hurt by another girl, abused by a parent, born into the wrong body. The selections read like personal journal entries about the characters' secret thoughts and feelings. Aimee questions her sex ed teacher about abstinence, asking if it applies to her, and the teacher replies, "I guess that's between you and your god." Another teen describes herself as a "stone cold butch"; after a lifetime of sexual abuse from her father, she doesn't know how to feel. Peters's stories deal with mature subject matter but are quick and easy to read. The author does not shy away from difficult or controversial topics, and these selections may appeal to someone exploring GLBTQ literature for the first time.
—Corinda J. HumphreyCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316086745
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/31/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
472,153
File size:
605 KB
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Julie Anne Peters is the critically acclaimed author of Define "Normal," Keeping You a Secret, Far from Xanadu, Between Mom and Jo, and Luna, a National Book Award Finalist. She lives with her partner, Sherri Leggett, in Lakewood, CO.

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grl2grl 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Julie Ann Peters has already distinguished herself as a master at writing full-length novels dealing with GLBQT issues. With GRL2GRL, she establishes that she's also good at writing short stories with great characters and in-depth storylines.

The book includes ten short stories, all dealing with girls and their feelings of love, loneliness, passion, and betrayal. There's a story about a girl on the subway, the object of another girl's affection, and the strength it takes to gather the courage to make that initial connection. There's the girl who, although she wants very badly to join in on a meeting of fellow gays and lesbians, isn't sure she'll ever be brave enough to do so. You can read about an online Internet relationship that progresses quickly, and falls apart amidst lies and betrayal. Or you can read the story TWO-PART INVENTION, my personal favorite, about two girls who have always been friends, and the love that grows from that friendship.

Whether you're a lesbian or not, a questioning teen or not, you'll find something satisfying in these stories. They're heartfelt and wonderful, whether you read them one at a time or all at once.
Tori Lee More than 1 year ago
Julie anne petersis a REAL kind of author. These stories show realistic struggles and romances. Dont expect all happy endings. Beautiful. So beautiful. Thank you so much julie anne peters!!!
PatriciaJL More than 1 year ago
Julie Anne Peters' book is very raw and moving. In this 'compilation', Peters shares many fictional stories from girls and their experiences as Lesbians, Bisexual, and Curious. While these stories are fictional they feel real, each overflowing with emotion. Character development in this book was done through their emotions and experiences. Its hard to develop a character fully in short stories, and Julie Anne Peters does an amazing job in giving her characters their chance to speak, showing who they really are. I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone. While the subject throughout all the short stories is sexual orientation, Peters takes you beyond that and makes the real subject "being human" and having thoughts, feelings, and emotions that transcend one's sexual orientation. There were times I felt proud of some of the girls, others where I was furious and others where I felt sympathy and sadness for them. This book really opened my eyes, no just into the LGBTs, but into human beings and women as they are.
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