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Love & Lies: Marisol's Story

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,671 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
Marisol Guzman has deferred college for a year to accomplish two things: She will write a novel and she will fall in love. How hard could that be? She gets her very own apartment (with her high school best friend as roommate) and a waitressing job at a classic Harvard Square coffeehouse. When she enrolls in an adult education class -- "How to Write Your First Novel" -- the ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Feb 23, 2009 Kasia rated it it was ok
Shelves: youngadult, lbgtq

There were a lot of things I really liked about this book... I liked the setting and the tertiary characters and the way Marisol talked about books writing. It was good to read something that fleshed out her character more than what we saw in Hard Love. This would have gotten at least 3 stars from me if it hadn't relied on my least favorite romance cliche... (SPOILER ALERT!!!) the love triangle that is easily solved by one of the love interests turning out to be a horrible person. This is so ove
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Mar 25, 2010 Aaron rated it it was amazing

Fan's of Wittlinger's Hard Love will be thrilled to know that she has continued the tale of Marisol and Gio in this recent publication. The focus has shifted from Gio as Marisol becomes the narrator. Marisol has now graduated from high school and is taking a year off from college to write a novel.

While she has opted to still live in Cambridge, Marisol has decided to move out of her parent's house and live with her good friend, Birdie. He is a slightly hyperactive guy who has been her friend s
Jennifer Wardrip
Sep 25, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
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In HARD LOVE, the reader got to meet Gio. Gio fell in love with Marisol Guzman, to no avail. Not that Marisol didn't like Gio, maybe even love him. But not in that way. For Marisol likes girls. Now, Ellen Wittlinger gives the reader a chance to get inside Marisol's head. This is Marisol's story.

Marisol has decided to defer Stanford for a year. She's got the idea that she's going to write a novel. And she can't do that if she's worrying about her schoolwork
Sadaya Butler
Feb 05, 2014 Sadaya Butler rated it really liked it

This book is about a girl name Marisol. She lives in Cambridge. Marisol wants to write a novel, that's the only reason why shes not attending college yet. Marisol meets Lee. Both of them start to become good friends. Lee is only one year younger than Marisol. Since Marisol wants to become a writer she takes a writers class. That when she meets Olivia. Marisol and Olivia starts to fall in "love". But their love doesn't turn out so good when Marisol says one lie to Olivia, and Lee ends up getting
Dec 14, 2012 Annie marked it as dumped
Today I officially give up on "Love & Lies." I found "Hard Love" very compelling when I read it in my YA lit class, but it ends a little messily. This sequel was a great way to tie up loose ends from the last book and bring a little catharsis. However, catharsis came early, and after that I lost interest. Marisol's path to self-destruction is clear and straight, and she's not giving up much of a struggle. I can see how this is going to end: with her heart broken by the manipulative teacher, ...more
Jan 28, 2011 Lizzy rated it it was ok
This book is about a girl name Marisol. Shes eight-ten, and she lives in Cambridge. Marisol wants ro write a novel, thats the only reason why shes not attending college yet. Marisol meets Lee. Both of them start to become good friends. Lee is only one year younger than Mariso. Since Marisol wants to become a writer she takes a writers class. That when she meets Olivia. Marisol and Olivia starts to fall in "love". But their love doesnt turn out so good when Marisol says one lie to Olivia, and Lee ...more
Apr 11, 2010 Timaj rated it it was ok
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So, I was really impressed by Hard Love but Love and Lies isn't quite as good.

Things I liked about it:
1) I like Marisol as a character
2) It's set in Cambridge and I recognized many of the places and the band Girlyman (that was exciting to see the name of one of my favorite bands in print!)
3) I liked having Gio as a secondary character. It was interesting having Marisol as the main character and Gio as the secondary instead of the way around. And he understood her well.
4) I liked the creative,
Apr 23, 2009 Melody rated it it was ok
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Feb 09, 2013 Andrea-Marie rated it liked it

I can't understand why Lee is mad at her. Was Marisol supposed to drop her girlfriend for her? Yes, it had been wrong of her to kiss Lee, but Lee KNEW she was involved with someone even if she was unclear about to what extent.

My other problem is how Marisol is too stupid to realise Olivia is manipulating her. I could see if she had tried to put up with her in order to not give Olivia leverage over her in class, but she's smitten. Goes to show that love does crazy things to people.
Jul 08, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok
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Nov 24, 2008 Nicole rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: angsty, literary youth
Shelves: ya, lgbt-etc
My copy of this was an ARC filched from the Horn Book office and the notes one reviewer left in the back pretty much sum up my reading experience.

(S)he says:

There are too many conveniences and coincidences. Even though Marisol narrates, Olivia is so transparently manipulative that it's impossible to see her from Marisol's rose-colored perspective. All the information is over processed, rendering it bland.


But I do love that the protagonist was gay. Who wouldn't?
Jul 18, 2008 P. rated it liked it
Shelves: yyay
I think a lot of people, including myself, can relate to falling for someone who, upon reflection, was a major asshole. But somehow at the time, the assholery was charming. I think Wittlinger does a good job depicting this particular situation.

I take issue with calling this a "companion" novel. It's really a sequel. Is that a new code word for sequel?
Feb 22, 2009 Nichole rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-09, y-a
Hard Love is one of my all time favorite books, so Love and Lies just felt like a letdown. Gio seemed to be the only recognizable character and I found it hard to really believe in Marisol and Olivia's relationship. They often talked about characters, how deep and profound they were, but the characters themselves never really showed it.
Sep 19, 2016 Cristy rated it it was ok
I kind of hated this book because of how unhealthy Marisol and Olivia's relationship is. Even though the age difference turns out not to be that large, I still felt creeped out by the actual age difference and how Olivia takes advantage of Marisol. While I sympathized with Marisol's struggles throughout the course of the relationship, I also had a hard time believing she could be so naive that she doesn't question any of Olivia's controlling and honestly borderline (if not outright) abusive beha ...more
Sep 01, 2008 LARRY rated it it was amazing
As posted in []:

Love is a funny thing, isn't it?

Marisol Guzman is a young woman taking a year off from Stanford in order to write a novel and to find love.

Marisol was hoping to find peace and comfort in her apartment in order to concentrate on writing her first novel. However, she doesn't get her wish. Her gay roommate, Birdie, who is her childhood best friend, has fallen head over heels over a man and asked him to move in without consulting with her first. In addition, wh
Oct 24, 2013 Morrigan rated it liked it
Fast and uncomplicated read

Love & Lies is the story of Marisol, a spunky, funny lesbian girl from Massachusetts who just graduated from high school. She defers Stanford for one year to accomplish two goals: write a novel and fall in love. She and her gay best friend Birdie, move into an apartment in Cambridge. Living with your best friend is not easy, especially when he has the tendency to pick up strays of all species, human included. Enter Damon, Birdie's crush who just moved in and Mariso
While reading this book, it made me remember how much I enjoyed Hard Love... in fact, I was surprised at how deeply I felt about Marisol and John/Gio. I did a little squeal of joy when Gio showed up in Marisol's writing class, and seeing the way that his life has changed in the months between books, I felt relieved... so I suppose that speaks to Ellen Wittlinger's ability to create characters that stay with you and that you care for.

On that same note, I spent a lot of this book wanting to shake
Nov 20, 2008 Becky rated it liked it
Note: This one is a companion to Hard Love, a novel which earned a Printz Honor.

I've not read Hard Love. Perhaps if I had, my opinion of Love & Lies would be slightly different. But perhaps it's best not to come into it with any preconceived notions of the characters and the style.

Marisol is recently graduated from high school and taking a year off before attending college. She has big plans--big plans she says--to write a novel and to fall in love. Yes, Marisol is looking for the right woma
Love & Lies (2008) is the sequel to Hard Love, which was published in 1999. In Hard Love, sixteen-year-old John deals with his broken family life by writing a zine and falls in love with another writer, Marisol, who is a lesbian. Love & Lies starts four months after the first book ended and picks up Marisol's story. It isn't necessary to have read the first book to enjoy the second, but the first one is really too good to miss.

The second one is also too good to miss. It's the kind of boo
Dec 03, 2015 Shaya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, lesbian
I read Hard Love several times over the course of a couple years before I discovered this spin off. Because Marisol Guzman was my favorite character in Hard Love, I was delighted and immediately ordered the book. I think Wittlinger has a good sense for her readers wants because I imagine a lot of the people reading Hard Love were reading it for the LGBT components. It only makes sense to write a follow up from the POV of the main lesbian character.

I'll admit this book is very predictable and sim
Aug 03, 2008 Gabi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Judy Blume fans, angsty teens, escapist readers, baby dykes
In "Hard Love," the companion novel to this one, Gio falls hard for his friend Marisol, a lesbian who is therefore never going to be able to love him back.

In "Love and Lies," Marisol wants so badly to fall in love that she falls for her writing teacher, an impossibly beautiful, irresistible woman who does in fact turn out to be to good to be true. Thankfully, though, she now has Gio as a friend on her side, along some other quirky characters to keep her in line.

Although I'm not usually a fan of
Sep 23, 2010 Charlisa-isb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 18, 2014 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I might not have hated this if I had read it instead of listened. The narration was terrible. Most of the characters (whom were all in their teens and early twenties) were voiced as if they were 45 years old. And haughty in a Thurston-Howell way.

The main character was mostly unbearable, and way too pretentious. I don't know how I've managed to pick up so many books with characters that think so highly of themselves and with so many people falling at their feet to tell them how terrific they are
Jan 27, 2009 Teen added it
Shelves: lgbtiq
Review: [sequel to Hard Love:] Marisol is taking the year after high school off, but she has given herself two assignments: she will write her first novel & she will fall in love. Marisol finds two birds in the bush when she falls in love with her elegant, inspirational and seemingly competent writing teacher, Olivia. Talk about the Teacher’s Pet! Unfortunately Marisol’s real chance for love is a fellow gay teen, Lee from Indiana. Thank heavens, Gio, Marisol’s friend from “Hard Love” is ther ...more
This one was interesting to me for a few reasons. I liked how most of it was about writing a book. it was really neat that the author included so many famous quotes that are really inspirational!! What's her face, Olivia drove me bananas! Dislike time s 100. I think that the lying thing Bothered me a lot. Secondly, it was an interesting read because the main character is a lesbian... But written simply as a teen looking for love. No graphic scenes to be found. It makes me contimplate how hard th ...more
Jul 09, 2015 Jenna rated it it was ok
Shelves: glbtqi, young-adult
A very quick read that felt sincere in some parts, and forced in others. The emotion was right, but it was a sort of in between novel that didn't really go far, except emotionally. If it had been longer, perhaps I'd have enjoyed it more, or I could have become annoyed with the added drama. I did enjoy the ending(view spoiler) ...more
Marisol’s deferred her Stanford University admission for a year while she writes a novel. She is living in an apartment with Birdie, her best friend forever. She is ready for experiences, for her novel, and romance. She falls for her writing teacher, Olivia, while Lee, a young girl from the middle west is falling for her. Marisol is about to learn lessons about acceptance, controlling, and love. A good read, has some reference to sex. I thought some of the characters were stereo typed, like Bird ...more
It's been a long time since I've read Hard Love so it was a little hard to get back into the characters. In general, I like what Wittlinger does with story and character development, and this book was no different. I question some of her identity choices - young folks who are identifying as lesbian, which is all fine and good, one boy who identified as gay and one boy who identified as bi while he was figuring things out, but where are the queer kids and the genderqueer kids? Oh well. I wonder i ...more
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Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of 15 young adult novels including Parrotfish, Heart on My Sleeve, Love & Lies: Marisol's Story, Razzle, What's in a Name, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book, a Lambda Literary Award winner, and a Booklist Editors' Choice). She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and ...more
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