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My Invented Life

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  411 ratings  ·  87 reviews
With Roz and Eva everything becomes a contest--who can snag the best role in the school play, have the cutest boyfriend, pull off the craziest prank. Still, they're as close as sisters can be. Until Eva deletes Roz from her life like so much junk e-mail for no reason that Roz understands. Now Eva hangs out with the annoyingly petite cheerleaders, and Roz fantasizes about s ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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The description says that My Invented Life is hilarious. That could not be further from the truth. It's actually quite offensive and gross. Roz is upset that her sister has cut her out of her life. Then she finds a book involving a lesbian romance in Eva's room and jumps to the conclusion that she must be a lesbian and it is her duty as her sister to show her that it's okay to be gay! Somehow this turns into Roz pretending to be a lesbian, but not to show her sister that it's okay, but so she ca ...more
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This book was not what I expected at all. I thought it had to deal with a girl realizing she was a lesbian, and I thought it would take the format of the classic coming-out story. But that's not really what it was, like at all. It was much quirkier and more original and it totally won me over!

The main character/narrator Roz is a total drama chick, in both senses of the word: she's a self-described drama geek AND due to some impulse control and lack of tact and a love of gossip she creates a lot
My Invented Life was a dizzying mix of slapstick comedy, Shakespearean insults, drama geeks and teenage sexuality. When Roz actually asked her ouija board if Eva was a lesbian, well, I knew this was going to be a fun book. One particular aspect I appreciated was the Shakespearean insults that were casually flung about in normal, everyday conversations. For instance, Roz says to fellow thespian Carmen, "don't be a hedge-born clack-dish" (don't be a blabbermouth). Roz also had this tendency to pla ...more
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My Invented Life is a story about love. Sisterly love, boyfriend-girlfriend love, gay love, forbidden love – love is complicated all right.

I was drawn to this book because the main characters are sisters. The relationship between Roz and Eva was deep and complex. They were close, yet competitive – they looked out for each other, yet they teased each other. Roz’s in-your-face personality was both funny and annoying. She could hurl a Shakespearean insult at you one minute and then show you t
Kathrin Stacked'n'Painted
Roz and Eva are sisters who are only one year apart - and up until a few months ago, they were not only sisters, but also best friends. But then they fell out with each other, which ended with Eva deleting a folder from her computer desktop titled "Roz - sister and best friend". Roz calls this the PD - the time Post Deletion. Now the sister are enemies of sorts and very, very tense around each other and argue whenever they're talking. When Eva dares Roz to publicly proclaim she is into girls at ...more
My Invented Life was a humorous and unique debut that was a refreshing and honest look at homosexuality, sibling rivalry, and relationships in general. Roz was a fantastic main character who never ceased to bring a smile to my face with her reckless attitude and witty, sarcastic comebacks. She didn't care what other people thought of her and when her perfect older sister challenges her with a dare, Roz accepts with full force.

Eva was an interesting character and I liked reading about her and Roz
Steph Su
MY INVENTED LIFE is a spunky and witty GLBTQ book that deals with the fluidity of sexual identity, and the complexities of placing labels on people. The fantastic narrative voice and the unique premise will make this a delightful read for nearly anyone.

This book’s strongest point is its protagonist. Roz is a feisty girl with a good blend of sass, passion, and self-delusions. Her witty, laugh-out-loud narration—always direct, never dully over-eloquent—will draw you into the story even if you may
Anna Redsand
When I read a YA book, I can't help thinking about the students I work with and how they would like it. It's such a smart, funny book dealing with some serious topics--sibling relationships, adolescent sexual confusion, to come out or not to come out, competitiveness, revenge. It is filled with clever repartee, much of it Shakespearean. I don't always like rapid repartee, but it worked for me in this book because I was drawn deeply into the lives of the characters. Also, there was some wonderful ...more
Mar 10, 2010 J.E. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens, Sisters, GLBT
I loved this book almost as much I as I love the smooshed up faces of the girls on the cover!!!

Ah. Sisters. Such complex relationships most of us have with our sisters, and an especially endearing and funny one In My Invented Life. Roz the main character is quirky and loveable despite inventing a new sexuality for herself, to try to out her sister. The fact that she fantisizes over her sister's boyfriend was sooooooooo well done.

Filled with drama, both the Shakespearean kind as well as the teen
This book was at the top of my to-read list for a very long time. Like for three years. And I finally read it!
The beginning of the book, I did not like. At all. It was confusing, kind of boring, and just been-there-done-that. But as the book progressed I started to like the characters, mainly Jonathan, Nico, and Andie, but also Roz, just a little bit. So the end saved the book from a lower rating, but probably not something I'd read again.
Wow! This book is so good. It came in handy for my English class, because we're now reading a Shakespeare play, which i was given a hint by from this book. Othello "a black man and a murderer." Also its really interesting because the setting is in a high school, high school lives, and high school issues. but one out of the ordinary, an invented life. this is a must read ...more
May 21, 2009 Sydney added it
Absolutely hilarious--with as many twists and turns as the Shakespeare play in which the characters act. The writing is crisp and clever. Really loved this book!
Eh. I didn't find any of the characters to be sympathetic, I didn't really like any of them, and I'm actually not quite sure why I finished the book.
The description of this book sounds so good. So why did not I like it? I was so excited to read this one, I kept it to be the last one I read from the 3 books I received from Lenore. I really thought that this one would be the best of those three books. But no. I was extremely disappointed with this book. I read it for about 1 month, always putting it back to the shelf and picking up another book. It was just so hard to finish this one.

The reader is introduced to Roz and Eva, sisters who apparen
Wow. I didn't know what to expect from this book, but it was a nice surprise.

Roz is crazy, but I like her. With a weird personality; she is just another teenager growing up and trying to look for her real self. She definitely needs someone taking care of her, but her parents are very occupied with Eva, the perfect daughter, and she doesn't really have friends. I understand her way of acting, and why its so important for her not to loose Eva's friendship.

When Roz started to have suspicions about
What would you do for your sister? How far would you go to make sure she was happy and with the person she loved? Sisters Roz and Eva used to be close, until Eva pretty much deleted Roz from her life a few months ago. Roz knows that something is going on with her sister, but doesn't know how to figure out exactly what it is. Dramatic and prone to random acts, Roz dreams of getting the lead in the school play, As You Like It, and maybe stealing Eva's boyfriend. In an attempt to get Eva to open up ...more
Aug 21, 2009 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I'm seriously starting to doubt that a 2009 Debutante can ever write a bad book. Since, My Invented Life was a hilarious, laugh out load type of novel with an excellent cast of characters and if isn't obvious enough yet, Lauren is part of that amazing group.

Anyway, getting back to My Invented Life, I simply adored it. Roz was an awesome main character that often left you in stitches with her blunt observations and tell it as it attitude. I loved how she would go to the end of the earth for her
Nov 04, 2011 Rafa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Rafa by: LBT
Termine este libro de mi tercer book tour, esperen reseña!!!

Este libro se convirtió en mi primer tour con un libro en inglés, leí la sinopsis y me llamó bastante, aunque pensé que había leído toda la historia con leer la contraportada pero que equivocada estaba.

Comencé a leerlo y debo de admitir que me confundieron las primeras páginas pero después disfrute de su lectura.

En este libro encontré desde drama hasta risas. El personaje principal, Roz fue mi favorito, ella tiene todo para hacerte re
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
Roz and her sister Eva have always been close if somewhat competitive, but are going through a period where Eva has pulled back and Roz feels left out of her life and wants to find a way back in. One day Roz's suspicions about what is going on in Eva's life are peaked when she does a little digging and she thinks she's worked out the secret that her sister is hiding. What follows is Roz's shock confession to her friends which ultimately has her questioning and trying to figure out different aspe ...more
Everybody needs to read this book! it is soo funny and i loved every minute of it. I was taking this book with me everywhere I went, sneaking a page here and there. My Invented Life is light-hearted and you can't help but smile and love the characters. It's also honest and it tackles some really serious issues like sexuality and acceptance.

Roz is one of my FAVORITE characters. I mean she is so funny, and she reminds me of me and my friends.She would always say "my father is no prostitute" that h
2.5 out of 5 rating

When I read the description of this book, I thought it would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, it just wasn't.

First of all, the characters. The main character--Roz--got on my nerves. Her way of talking and think just got annoying. And enough with her invented life scenarios (yes, I know this is the title of the book, but we got it). While I don't have a younger sister, I think if I did have one, and she was like Roz, we would not be close at all. A lot of the things she sai
May 27, 2012 Wendolyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Youth
Recommended to Wendolyn by: Lauren Bjorkman
Shelves: youth
What a wonderful surprise it was to find out that one of my daughter's favorite books was written by a high school classmate of mine!

I love the opening paragraph, and this: "Roz is short for Rosella, actually. What were Mom and Dad thinking when I was born? To be fair we should be allowed to rechristen our parents when we turn sixteen. I choose Gethsemane for Mom and Elmo for Dad."

I learned about Elizabethan curse generators and learned language from the insults.

I'm impressed by the author's abi
This is fun realistic teen fiction and I enjoyed it. The main character, Roz, is a quirky, funny and somewhat self absorbed girl who is just looking to find her place in her family, with her group of friends, with boys (or girls?) and eventually learns to be comfortable in her own skin.

The book is written in first-person from Roz's perspective so the reader gets full view of her. She's funny and smart and a little bit nosy. Ok, she's a lot nosy, but she always has good intentions. Seeing from he
Diego Salvatore
Entre Roz y Eva todo se convierte en una competencia - quien puede llevarse el mejor rol en la obra de teatro del colegio, tener el novio mas guapo, y hacer las bromas mas locas. Igualmente, ellas son tan cercanas como las hermanas pueden ser. Hasta que Eva borra a Roz de su vida como si fuese e-mail basura, sin ninguna razón que Roz pueda entender. Ahora Eva comparte con las fastidiosas y flacas Cheerleaders, y Roz fantasea con ponerles hormonas de crecimiento bovina en su Gatorade.
Roz tiene un

I heard this book was funny and really didn't know what the book was about when I started to read it. It wasn't what I expected but I enjoyed the book. It dealt with serious issues in a light and fun to read way. I enjoyed the book.

The story is about Roz and her feelings, thoughts, and reasons that her older sister Eva has deleted her from her life, stole her boyfriend, and she thinks her sister may be gay. Roz likes to invent conversations in her head and decides one day to invent a story abou
So I didn't really think this book was as good as I was expecting it to be. I had really high hopes for it -- it looked really original and different, the characters looked really different, and it just looked FUN. However, by the end, I found myself disappointed.

It was very original, it just wasn't played out the best way possible, in my opinion. The characters were very original, too, but they were just very... odd. I felt like many of them had multiple personality disorder, because they would
Oh Lordy... what to say about this book. First, is high school really like this?? I really just don't think it can be so. But if it's true... here's hoping the apocalypse happens before these kids take the reigns in this world.

I mean... it almost seems like some sort of intellect was drizzled into the book with all the Shakespearian quotes and such inlaid, but really that's just glossing over how insipid the rest of it is.

Now I suppose that bullying and the like are an issue, but this seems co
Roz is a character that will not be silenced. She has a personality that rushes into things head first without understanding the consequences. Her kooky attitude shows no restraint in her ‘Invented Life’ or in the real life. She has a good will, one that may be blinded at times by her sense of karma. Her over-exuberance may be her downfall though when the reader thinks that enough is enough yet she still pushes forward.

Eva has a conflicting opinion by me. Either you can understand her or you ju
My Invented Life was an unexpected treat. Going in to it, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I don't know what I was expecting, but what I got was a crazy, funny, totally awesome book.

Roz is definitely one of the most entertaining characters I've read about this year. She's wild; she's silly; and she can be a little impulsive, which leads to some fun shenanigans. The invented life she creates for herself- which I won't mention here, even though I knew what it was when I started reading
My Invented Life is another one of those novels that has been sitting on my shelves waiting to be read.... for far far to long. I'm glad I finally took the time to read it because it was fantastic!

Hands down the one thing that made this novel was Roz. She was witty, imperfect, hilarious.... sarcastic. I loved her. I loved reading about her... I loved watching her and this story unfold. Roz loves her sister, and even though she wants to hate her, you know that she loves her..... which is often h
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I am the author of two YA novels, MY INVENTED LIFE and MISS FORTUNE COOKIE. I also contributed a short story to the anthology THE FIRST TIME.

Though I grew up on a sail boat and loved traveling the world as a kid, I'm still afraid of the ocean. I much prefer other modes of transportation these days--plane, train, or car. Walking is best.

I love books with multi-faceted, intriguing characters. The be
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