Weird Girl and What's His Name

Weird Girl and What's His Name

by Meagan Brothers

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Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers


IndieFab Young Adult Fiction Book of the Year 2015!
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books 2015!
In the podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything—sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came out to her years ago, and she’s shared with him her “sacred texts”—the acting books her mother left behind after she walked out of Lula’s life. But then Lula discovers that Rory—her Rory, who maybe she’s secretly had feelings for—has not only tried out for the Hawthorne football team without telling her, but has also been having an affair with his middle-aged divorcee boss. With their friendship disrupted, Lula begins to question her identity and her own sexual orientation, and she runs away in the middle of the night on a journey to find her mother, who she hopes will have all the answers. Meagan Brother’s piercing prose in this fresh LGBT YA novel speaks to anyone who has ever felt unwanted and alone, and who struggles to find their place in an isolating world. Ages 14–up.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941110270
Publisher: Three Rooms Press
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 408,436
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author


Meagan Brothers is a writer, poet and musician best known for her young adult novels Supergirl Mixtapes, a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination, and Debbie Harry Sings in French, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, which won a GLBT Round Table ALA Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. She was founder and lead guitarist for the punk rock band Steel Pier Sinners. A native Carolinian, Meagan currently lives in New York City.

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Weird Girl and What's His Name 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JanieJonesWorlde More than 1 year ago
Absolutely terrific. Lula and Rory are fantastic: real, funny, sad, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting. This is a book about all kinds of love: romantic, friendship, parent-child, grandparent-child, step-parent. The writing is smart, funny, tender and deeply heart-felt. Truly original. I could not put it down.
PrincessicaOfBooks More than 1 year ago
WGAWHN is about two X-Files TV show loving best friends, Rory and Lula. Incredibly close, they tell each other everything. Or so they think. Rory is gay but Lula already knows that. What she doesn’t know is that he has been shagging his overaged boss for quite some time now. When she finds out, that is Lula’s breaking point. She doesn’t know who she is anymore or what she wants. She doesn’t know who to be. The only person she thinks will help her find herself is her mother that left her when she was young. So one day, Rory is with his boss and the next– Tallulah Monroe is gone. 2) It’s About Finding Yourself. Phew, how cliché does that sound? Well, this book is definitely not cliché. This book ultimately centers around Lula and her great perhaps. She is 17 and doesn’t know what she wants for dinner, let alone for a partner. I really liked how this book didn’t categorize herself. She didn’t fall in love or like the people she did because of their gender– she liked them all for what they were to her. It teaches the reader that ultimately, gender does not matter. 3) It Suprised Me. When I read a book, I can usually get a feel for what I will rate that book 100 or 200 pages in. However, I failed to do that with WGAWHN . I didn't know what to rate it-- it was exceptional but where did it fall on my enjoyment scale? I went over my points and I had one word to describe it: wow. It left me so surprised. I think I could have finished it in a couple days, or even one, if not for schoolwork. The writing was addictive and I found myself liking it way more than I thought I would. I was literally surprised from page one. I thought it would be in Lula's perspective since it's her story but the switch-off worked nicely. I also liked how the flashbacks were incorporated. Although I did get slightly confused at times, it was nothing that couldn't get overlooked. I would definitely read this again or even buy a finished copy (my ARC is personally signed so it's okay)! Some other amazing points: The cover is BEAUTIFUL! Seriously one of my favorite covers this year. Also one of the main things that drew me to this books. Fun fact: two of my teachers and my dad saw me reading this and proceeded to call me Weird Girl :). Doesn't romanticize inappropriate relationships. This aspect was awesome, dealt with it nicely. Both characters love books and all geeky and nerdy things! They even have a blog! Because of this, it was also easy to connect with them. It's like they could read my mind! Every time I started to wonder about someone or something, my question was answered the next couple of pages. Because of all these amazing reasons and much more, I am giving Weird Girl and What's His Name 5/5 succulents (maybe even 6/5)! One of the must reads of this fall and year and life in general. Thank you so much to Meagan Brothers for sending me this wonderful copy!
blooming_ambers More than 1 year ago
When entering this "podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina," I found myself in Lula's thoughts. She is skeptical of everything around her: Rory's love, her sexuality, the existence between X-Files and God and between. She learns that nothing is certain and that everything is certain: life is a contradiction that cannot be corrected. This is a book for anyone who's willing to learn the same thing. Trust me: your molecules will shift for it.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it. It takes place in 2008 surrounding the release of the second X-Files movie. (How did I never hear about this movie?) Rory and Lula have been best friends for a long time, and they share a deep love for The X-Files. They watch an episode every Friday night and are even writing a blog with reviews for the full series. There are A LOT of X-Files references in this book. I watched the show occasionally in high school, so I had some context for their discussions. I'm not sure how I would have felt about this book if I did know who Mulder and Scully were. Speaking of the FBI agents with the most platonic relationship ever, Rory and Lula's relationship is a great parallel to the TV series. Kudos to Brothers on the "re-telling" nature of this story. But this book is about more than developing feelings for someone you could never have. It's about a young girl's quest to understand where she came from and determine her identity...and her sexual preference. I wanted to like this book, but there were a couple of things I couldn't get past. The narrator of the book switches half way through from Rory to Lula, and that change made it extremely disjointed for me. Also, some of the drama was just too manufactured. I didn't believe Rory would react the way he did to Lula's disappearance. It felt like I was reading three different stories that were mashed together into one novel: (1) Rory and Lula's friendship, Rory's secrets, and what they did to their relationship, (2) Lula's search for her mother and, ultimately, herself, and (3) a completely unexpected and somewhat forced romance thrown in at the end. That said, I did enjoy the writing, especially when it was in Rory's voice. I will keep an eye out for Brothers' next book, and I may pick up one of her other titles in the mean time. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/03/book-review-weird-girl-and-whats-his.html