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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 tr...more
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Published October 31st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2007)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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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...more
super captain man
What do you do when who you love conflicts with religion and society? What do you do when your love is wrong?

In this book, there are ten stories about girls who are different from most: Girls who are attracted to other girls. Boys in girl bodies. Girls who miss one another, long for one another, cry over one another.


I enjoyed this book quite a lot. The writing was beautiful, the topics were strong and interesting, the dialogue was realistic, the stories themselves were concise and well-rounded...more
Anna  (Bananas!)
This had a lot of potential - interesting set-ups, compelling characters, but damn, it was all so bleak. I did enjoy some of the stories but overall very underwhelming. I must break the curse of the f/f book!
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Peters is an excellent YA author who caters to the LGBT community. In this collection of short stories, she focuses on teen lesbians and their trials and tribulations. Each of these stories focus on certain emotional issues, such as how to cope with coming out to one's self. "Stone Cold Butch" is a chilling tale of a transgender who cannot allow love to enter her life.

I admire Peters work so far and highly recommend this book.
The one word that came to mind when reading glr2grl by Julie Anne Peters is longing. Her collection of short stories featuring young lesbians is about longings for love and acceptance. Mostly the book is a bit sad, but there is some light at the end. Great book for young people and anyone who wants to step into the shoes of gay youths.
Much as I enjoyed these stories, I am reminded of why I read so few short stories: just as I am getting invested in the characters, the story ends. I'd love to see Peters expand some of these into longer pieces, though, and it was nice to see some characters who weren't entirely self-destructing.
Lavonia Reid
I really liked the story my only thing against it was how short it was. (But it is a short story so I don't really have the right to complain.)
An amazing example of the diversity of lesbian life for young american women. I was impressed by this book in a way that startled me.
I adored this book ! Its a real eye-opener and really sentimental to the conflicts of teens and homosexuality,

A definit read!
Nina at Death Books and Tea
Review: I didn’t know what to expect from this. I really wasn’t paying attention when I got it from the library, so was surprised to find it was a collection of short stories.
Passengers-Tam starts getting to know the person on the train, and herself.
Can't Stop the Feeling-Mariah working up th courage to go to the GSA. Nice enough characters, open ending as to Mariah's choices later. I liked Lily.
After Alex- The dealing with Alex's break up with Rachel. Not much happened here.
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
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...more
Jul 10, 2010 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: glbtq youth and their allies
Julie Anne Peters has done just as good a job with this collection of 10 short stories about high-school-aged lesbian and transgendered teens as she has done with her award-winning longer novels. These stories address many different types of conflict that glbtq teens face: "from the young lesbian taking her first steps toward coming out, to the two strangers who lock eyes across a crowded train, to the transgender teen longing for a sense of self, or the girl whose abusive father has turned her...more
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

As she has written so many LGBTQ YA novels, I knew as soon as I started thinking about LGBTQ YA Month that I wanted to review something by Julie Anne Peters. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a struggle to find her books as they don't seem to be published in the UK. I found Grl2grl, and although it wasn't exactly what I wanted at the time, I bought it. And since reading it, I've discovered it's actually pretty spot-on for the month.

Why? Because it highlight...more
SlashReader: I originally started reading Julie Anne Peter's work some time ago when her first books came out Define "Normal", Keeping You a Secret, Luna and Far From Xanadu. Though apparently "Keeping You a Secret", is the only book that managed to make it up here being that I read them doing the point of transition for this group or perhaps before, I don't know. Anyway Julie Anne Peter's writes a lot of moving girlgirl romance for the young adult crowd and a lot of it is pretty good if you're...more
grl2grl was an anthology of ten short stories by Julie Anne Peters, all of which featured LGBT characters. (Mostly L). I was originally going to do a detailed review or every short story, but then I realized that since Peters wrote all of the stories, that would get repetitive. So I'm just going to do a general review, and write a brief paragraph on the specific stories.

My favorite part of Peters's novels has always been the writing. She's the master of simple prose; it's always completely natur...more
A collection of ten short fiction by one of the best GLBT writers. Tales of love and lust, romance and heartbreak grace each of the pages. You'll hear about coming out and all the challenges that are faced by girls everyday. Read about a girl who sees herself as a "boi", a father her turns her daughter to stone through abuse and a chat room that helps girls get over their heartache.

I enjoyed these quick stories and breezed through the book. Julie Anne Peters is a truly great writer who captures...more
Lisa Benenati
Julie Anne Peters creates a stunning collection of short stories in her anthology grl2grl. Over the course of ten narratives, Peters explores emotionally intense, riveting plots depicting different girls navigating their way through life. Often related to girls who are either lesbian, transgender or merely questioning of their sexuality, these stories are short and straight to the point, and each feels incredibly authentic, giving the characters voices that any teen, straight, gay, or bi, can re...more
I liked this book because it gives you a glimpse of what it's like to be a young person who is gay/lesbian/transgender. I also liked the fact that it was a bunch of short stories, like the Chicken Soup series, although not as many stories as the Chicken Soup books. My favourite story was about the transgender FTM (female to male) character. This is a great book to read if you are gay/lesbian/transgender & even if you aren't, I suggest that you read it to understand what it's like as a young...more
A great variety of short stories from Julie Anne Peters. I have read her LGBT books before and really enjoyed them. For the most part I loved these short stories but a few were very hard to read as they were quite dark. The first and the last stories were my favourites. I don't read a lot of short stories so I enjoyed getting wee snippets into different characters lives.
Oct 11, 2007 Evan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Julie Ann Peters work/LGBTQ youth
I got this book early this afternoon in the mail. Thanks Amazon. No bookstores around here had it in stock. It was a very quick read. 10 short stories. Sweet, brutal, scary, real, hopeful are a few words to describe them. Some of the stories just when I was getting into them they ended. Other than wanting more I gotta say I love J.A.P's book and I'm a lot older than her intended audience. These stories would have been so life affirming had they been published when I was a teenager. I'll say this...more
I am bisexual. and this book has helped me so much and made me understand that there is nothing wrong with falling in love or being attracted to a person from the same sex.
Nov 19, 2010 Luz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Luz by: sister
Shelves: lgbt
My sister read this book, then said that it had it's interesting parts but warned some of the stories were boring.
I loved it. It may have had a few slow parts, but I didn't find it boring.
I thought it was written well and had a lot of emotion, which made it hard to put down but hard to read at times.
I'm not sure which was my favorite, but I love that "Two Part Invention" was at the end. I think it tied up the book beautifully.

Because it was lbgt, I'm straight, and hadn't read a lot of lbgt befor...more
Grl 2 Grl is very true to life. Ironically, I think that that's what kept me from really enjoying it. Grl 2 Grl perfectly captures the pain of coming out in high school, suffering through your first crush, and losing your first girlfriend. But, you see, I'm twenty, I've already come out, gotten over my first crush, and been dumped by my first girlfriend years ago. It's a great book for teenagers, especially queer teenagers who are feeling alone. It's the type of book that I would have devoured m...more
Aug 28, 2011 Cathy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: queer
I picked this up, as many I do many other selections--as a whim at the library. I tend to enjoy Y.A. books, as they're usually less stodgy than adult ones, and like many people I think there will always be a little piece of me identified with high school. This is a bunch of lesbian/transgender short stories that identify little slices of what the experience is for up-and-coming queers in this day and age--a quite different scene than the early 80s when I attended. As such, I found it interesting...more
In most short-story collections, there are some great ones and many not-so-great. Not so here. Every single story here is exquisite. They're all very short, with the "punch" you expect from a powerful short-short. They all deal with girls, mostly in different glbt situations. This tiny volume is simply the only one I've ever seen that rivals Am I Blue as a collection of short stories for and about young adults who are glbt, or who wonder if they might be.
I should have known from the horrible title that this would suck. But because of the cute cover art and the promise of short stories about lesbians, I read it any way. It was by far the worst short story collection I've ever read. I know I'm not the target audience (not a teen) but still- this is just horrible writing. And I'm not saying that all YA books that deal with LGBT issues should portray everything as peachy and wonderful but it would be nice to have the stories be a BIT uplifting. Rath...more
I found this book on the library shelf completely by accident. I read "By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead" first, and then read Grl2Grl.

Wow. Where was this author when I was growing up! I wrote the author an email, thanking her for speaking up and for our community. Thank you for giving our YA hope, an escape, and books to turn to. The author responded in less than 24 hours with a sincere and genuine email response.

I even added information about her on my blog site. I can't wait to read mo...more
I expected more from this author. Maybe short stories aren't her forte.
Rebecca Honeycutt
{Disclaimer: This is more a personal rant than an actual review of this book.} Oh, the angst. If I had read this when I was a teenage lesbian, it would have made me even more depressed than I already was. I appreciate Ms. Peters' contributions to the queer YA canon, but I do wish she could offer a bit more hope to young readers. I know that these stories portray reality for many lesbian teens, but if I read one more fraught, doomed-filled queer-kid problem novel I may scream. Thank goodness for...more
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Julie Anne Peters was born in Jamestown, New York. When she was five, her family moved to the Denver suburbs in Colorado. Her parents divorced when she was in high school. She has three siblings: a brother, John, and two younger sisters, Jeanne and Susan.

Her books for young adults include Define "Normal" (2000), Keeping You a Secret (2003), Luna (2004), Far from Xanadu (2005), Between Mom and Jo (...more
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