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grl2grl: Short fictions

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  3,144 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
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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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
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!
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
Apr 21, 2009 Shawnta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 08, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
I honestly don't know why I keep doing this to myself. The word short is on the cover for everyone to see and yet I find myself expecting these tales to be endless. I guess that says something about Julie Anne Peters and her character writing skills. One has to open oneself to them, but she makes them extremely easy to bond with. You are already way too invested and you have yet to start reading the second sentence. Sigh. Anyway...

I must confess that until I read Boi I thought there was a recurr
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.
May 05, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book ! Its a real eye-opener and really sentimental to the conflicts of teens and homosexuality,

A definit read!
LonDon-Phillips \\They're studying business, I study the floor, and you haven't stopped smoking all night\\
As a straight, cis girl I didn't think i'd relate to this.
but I did.
because it's about being human.
sexuality does not define us.
Nov 02, 2008 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 01, 2009 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-read, ya-lgbt
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.
Nov 04, 2011 Rena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-ya, library
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.
Jan 05, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved how brutally honest it was.

It shows how desperately we seek love in all we can, and how we long to be who we feel we are on the inside.
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
Nov 08, 2016 Sunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best book I've ever read, book? Collection of short stories? I love the author and everything about this book. The stories are so real I stayed up and cried and reread some of them over and over. It's so captivating and real! 10/10 would recommend!!! I almost don't want to give it back to its owner, the stories connected on a personal level.
grl2grl is a bit of a mixed bag of short stories about queer girls. Some of the stories are happy and cute, but for the most part, they're really sad. I do think it's great that there's such a wide range of tones and themes, so there's a little something for everyone here. I hated some of the stories, and only one really stood out to me in an amazing way, but I did like this collection over all.

Passengers - Tam sees Andrea on the train every day, but has never talked to her despite seeing that
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
Taylor Jarrell
grl2grl is a collection of stories revolving around young women and one young trans male coming to terms with their identities as sexual, romantic, pubescent young adults. It is a set of stories that offers a hand to the reader to guide them through several crises of identity where the main character has to come to terms with a part of themselves they were not prepared to confront. As middle school students enter into puberty, and begin to deal with adult emotions and desires for the first time, ...more
Nina (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.
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

This is a collection of 10 short stories by Julie Anne Peters, one of my favourite queer authors. It covers a range of 'first-date' situations and getting over breakups of young lesbians.

Normally for a book of short stories I would be reviewing each one individually. But I don't have the book here, and all of the stories are by the same author, s
Aug 27, 2016 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The identity crisis called "adolescence" is hard enough for cis straight youths--but what's it like to weather that teenage tumult as gay or trans or bi or questioning? This bouquet of 10 short stories by Julie Anne Peters gives the reader a chance to learn.

Julie Anne Peters has a heart which resonates sympathetically with the struggles of her characters--people who, even in the twenty-first century, still find themselves marginalized as outcasts for their variant sexual identities. Peters wins
Jul 10, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  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
Nina Cooper
Jul 30, 2015 Nina Cooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With grl2grl Julie Anne Peters has created an anthology of young adult characters that are as different as can be. The same applies to the situations they are in. Whether it is first love, coming out, breaking up or simply being a woman in love with a woman, there is a wide range of situations from gentle or tender to pretty rough and extremely sad.
Apart from the display of variety it was simply great fun to read on because of the lively style that Miss Peters uses. I loved how she managed to d
Nov 04, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lisa Benenati
Sep 17, 2012 Lisa Benenati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 11, 2007 Evan rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 28, 2011 Cathy rated it it was ok
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
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
Nov 19, 2010 Luz rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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 (
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