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Frannie is desperate to get the attention of her crush, Jeffrey, but too shy to make a move. Frannie's gay best friend, Marcus, advises her to get the ball rolling by chatting with Jeffrey online, but Frannie won't type a word. Marcus takes over at the keyboard, and soon his plan is a success! But the more he chats, the more it seems Jeffrey is falling for Marcus, not Frannie. Whose romance is this, anyway?
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Overview

Frannie is desperate to get the attention of her crush, Jeffrey, but too shy to make a move. Frannie's gay best friend, Marcus, advises her to get the ball rolling by chatting with Jeffrey online, but Frannie won't type a word. Marcus takes over at the keyboard, and soon his plan is a success! But the more he chats, the more it seems Jeffrey is falling for Marcus, not Frannie. Whose romance is this, anyway?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The authors create a modern Cyrano de Bergerac story that is both funny and touching. Frannie is nervous about chatting online with her high school crush, so her "queer guy brain twin," Marcus, takes over the typing. Pretty soon, he's chatting with Jeffrey often, pretending to be Frannie-even without her permission-and it's clear he's "falling for" him. Of course, she ultimately finds out, and this leads to a big fight. But Frannie and Marcus then wonder: could Jeffrey be gay, too? Told from the friends' alternating perspectives, with plenty of online chats throughout, readers will like both of the flawed, funny protagonists, and appreciate their tight bond (they finish sentences for each other and spend Saturday nights watching offbeat movies together). Some of the characters, such as Marcus's eccentric Southern grandmother, are scripted, and up-tight activist Jeffrey may not seem worth the fuss (though it eventually becomes clear why). But the authors craftily keep readers guessing: is Jeffrey or isn't he? From the beginning, Marcus tells readers that this story would make a great film, and the conclusion, much like a typical teen movie, ramps up, then wraps a bit neatly. Even so, readers will likely laugh out loud and applaud. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A modern day Cyrano de Bergerac tale, this book relates the adventures and miscommunications of four star-crossed would-be lovers who conduct their affairs not by letter but by e-mail The title gives a big hint, though, as to why these four high school flirts are a bit different. Three of the main characters are male and one is female. Marcus and Frannie are "brain twins," or the best of friends. Marcus is openly gay and agrees to help Frannie, who is too shy to speak for herself, to converse via an internet chat room with Jeffrey, the crush of her life. Things progress from there until Marcus and Jeffrey are cozily conversing without Frannie and finding there is quite a bit of electricity between them. At least that is what Marcus thinks. It turns out Jeffrey has not been speaking for himself either, but instead has enlisted his best friend, Glenn, to do the talking. Through a procession of internet, phone, and personal escapades involving many embarrassing moments and mistaken sexual preferences, the four finally sort themselves out into two happy couples. The abundance of hip, teen-savvy dialog, especially the use of internet lingo, makes this book quick to read and quite believable. The content, though, will raise eyebrows for some, as the sexual innuendoes are pronounced and frequent. Young adults who are confronting issues of sexual preference may find the book useful, but it would not be generally appropriate for the high-school classroom. 2005, Razorbill, Ages 15 up.
—Sheryl O'Sullivan
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-The moment flamboyant Marcus meets fashion-forward Frannie, they become "brain twins." They do everything together, even chat online with Frannie's crush, Jeffrey. However, Marcus crosses the line when he pretends to be Frannie, chats with Jeffrey on his own-and falls head over heals. Poor Jeffrey remains a cardboard character, but Marcus and Frannie are well drawn, and the story is engaging and fun. Most teen fiction with gay characters tends toward heavy, issue-driven stories. This is one of a new crop in which gay teens are depicted as regular high school students-no deep delving into coming out or what it means to be gay in a high school. David Levithan's Boy Meets Boy (Knopf, 2003) is far more creative, but this is a solid second.-Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, CO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two teens entering high school become best friends, "brain twins," in fact. Frannie, a straight girl, seeks her first boyfriend and Marcus, her gay friend, seeks the same. When Frannie falls for handsome Jeffrey, Marcus helps her contact him on the Internet and coaches her in the budding romance, all the while falling for Jeffrey himself. Unknown to Frannie, Marcus begins having Internet conversations with Jeffrey while posing as Frannie. The resulting misunderstandings provide the basis for comedy directed at younger teens. The authors write in a completely gay-friendly vein, promoting tolerance among their readers. They tell the story in first person throughout, in alternating chapters. It's an emotionally sensitive light comedy, which will appeal most directly to those absorbed with beginning romantic relationships. Although it may be too lengthy for readers who fall outside that category, it should appeal successfully to its target audience. (Fiction. 12-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101099834
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/5/2006
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 234,063
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 229 KB

Meet the Author


Chris Tebbetts is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of James Patterson's Middle School series. Originally from Yellow Springs, Ohio, Tebbetts is a graduate of Northwestern University. He lives and writes in Vermont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    I liked it.

    This was a great book. Although this book does not have the kind of action I am usually looking for its fantastic! And the ending...was just so surprising, im a good way. A definte should read book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Loved it

    In this book you got both character's point of view. I liked it a lot, it was funny and didn't bore me.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Loooooooooove <3

    I love this book! Its hilarious, the characters are likeablle, and the twist is very surprising! It doesnt turn out like you though it would. I recommend highly :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Love this book!

    This is one of my favorite books ever. You would think that the plot line would be difficult to keep going an be original with, but the authors really pulled it off. I loved the ending:) i was so supprised and happy that i just started laughing. This is a really cute book and i would recomend it to anyone (exept homophobes, but they are really missing out)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

    Halarious and amazing.

    Its a light read, that will make you laugh. The story line is incredible and there is a major twist at the end that is pretty funnny. I enjoyed reading this book. Read it in about a day and a half. It was worth the read, and i like how lighthearted and witty it is. You grow to love all the characters and over all i would reccomend this book to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Love It!!!!!

    I love this book especially the fact that by the end of the book you are left wondering whether m or f stands for male or female or marcus or frannie

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Amazing

    Definaly worth the money! If its between this book and another book... choose this one!!! I did, and I DONT regret it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    The sample

    It was so good now i want the hole book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Bad

    No good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Love it!!!

    It has an interestubg plot abd all the charactersvare great, frannie is awesome!!<3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    I like her candy apple books and confectionly yours books

    Is this still a good book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    Mdbc fan

    Wow this is so not Lisa. Sorry her last name's hard to spell. Anyway I would much rather read her Candy Apple books.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    My V By Douglas Mitchell

    Great book, with really good twists!!!! Love lov loved it and its and easy read!!!!! :D

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2011

    quick read.

    My friend and I read it and enjoyed it very much.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    Homophobic? i dont think so!

    anyone who gets this book will get a lesson in accepting. a wild, funfilled lesson from charcters that are so real you want to go have ice cream with them. the story is so great and theres a wholly unexpected twist that NO ONE sees comming!

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

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    Ohhh God... :D

    This was the funniest book I've read in a long time. This hilarious chronicle of M and F's trials and tribulations kept me jumping up and down, laughing, the whole time. I would definitely recommend it to anyone with a good sense of humor.

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

    LOL

    I'm glad the ending wasn't a usual cliche. I have to say, this book made me crack up! I mean, out of nowhere I start laughing and I get theses weird looks. Great! Buy it!
    It's funny, and there are some awkward parts...but that's what makes it funny.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    FUNNY !!

    dudee my friend gaave me this book and i was like ok this book has kinda a wierd cover!! haahah butt it was so funny and good like i suggest it to everyone who wants a laugh!
    like i would be cracking up and my friends would be like what are u laughing at?? it is really funny and good !! READ IT!!!

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Hilarious!!!

    This book was one of the most funny I've ever read! Marcus is adorable and Frannie totally relatable. It had some twists I wasn't looking for and was absolutely satisfying! If you or anyone you know if looking for a good laugh, this book will get them started.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2008

    confused teen

    as a 16 year old gay teen, i was looking for a book that was emotionally satisfying, and i came across this book. i'll admit that it wasnt my first choice, but i ended up liking it in the end. the main characters remind me a lot of my and my best friend, who is a girl. sometimes the characters seened a little childish, and the conincedencial ending was a little cheesy, but it was overall a funny story that proved pretty satisfying

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