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M or F?

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,646 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Frannie is desperate to get the attention of her crush, Jeffrey, but too shy to make a move. Frannie's gay best friend, Marcus, advises her to get the ball rolling by chatting with Jeffrey online, but Frannie won't type a word. Marcus takes over at the keyboard, and soon his plan is a success! But the more he chats, the more it seems Jeffrey is falling for Marcus, not Fran ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 6th 2005 by Razorbill
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Feb 13, 2008 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes teen lit and truly unique and fun characters
Shelves: own
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Izzy Ringer
M or F is about two best best best friends. One film loving gay boy and the other an opinionated shy chick who gets all her clothes in a funky thrift shop. These two amazingly compatible teenagers are cheering for eachother to find 'the one'. Frannie (the girl) thinks she's found Mr. Right. Marcus knows she found Mr. Right, but winds up believing that maybe Frannies Mr. Right was actually his Mr. Right.

While reading this book I made a text-to-text connection between M or F and the book Boy Meet
M of F tells the story of Frannie and Marcus, she straight, he gay, who are best friends in high school. A modern reworking of Cyrano de Bergerac, the story was just too predictable for my tastes.

The book alternates between Marcus's voice and Frannie's with Ms. Papademetriou writing for Frannie and her friend, Christopher Tebbets writing the Marcus chapters. Big problem there is that Mr. Tebbets' chapters are so much stronger and more interesting. I wanted to just skip over Frannie entirely and
Alex Murphy
Given the size of the book, figured I'd probably spend some time over two days (or maybe three if I read slowly) going through this.

I spent a couple of hours ripping through it and finished it the day I started. A little slow to initially start up, it really started to pick up some steam as we came to know (and love) Marcus and Frannie, the two protagonists (and best friends). With only one area where it slowed down, the book was what I'd call a rip-roaring good time, despite my hesitancy to eve
The thing about this book is that the summary can be really misleading.
I mean, the summary isn't very...accurate, that might not be the best word to use. It's true that the book makes you laugh, and it is fast paced, so I would definitly recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh and, be a little surprised.

So here's MY summary of M orF?:

Frannie is a somewhat shy, fashionista, who follows her own trends.
She falls for Jeffrey, a gorgeous, sensitive, and politically aware Sophmore, but she's
This is a rather enjoyable adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. Girl likes Boy. Girl sees Boy in the high school chat room as he's trying to recruit volunteers for a service project. Girl gets nervous and has Gay Best Friend do the typing in the chat room for her. Comedy and High School Drama ensue from there. There are some fun twists here and there leading up to the final resolution.

Admittedly, I was a bit hesitant about picking up the book at first because it has two authors who alternate chapte
Cara Marie
This was a pretty entertaining romantic comedy sort of book - Hera had told me to read it, but I only just got round to it. Light-hearted YA gay lit. I enjoyed the friendship between brain twins Frannie and Marcus and how they both fell for the same guy - and nice that neither of them actually ended up with him. They were pretty snarky characters. I liked best things like - Frannie line-dancing! Marcus's job at the ice cream parlour! But mostly line-dancing! It was plenty amusing, and if maybe e ...more
It was a cute, fun read. I enjoyed getting to see both Frannie and Marcus' view points. They were both great characters with a wonderful friendship. The book wasn't super special but it was great and all of the characters were great!
It's hard for me to really pin down how I feel about this book. I definitely enjoyed it as a fun, light read, but I might like the idea more than the execution. There are lessons to learn from the mistakes the characters make and the things they get right, all while being entertaining along the way.

The author spends a lot of time building up how much Frannie likes her crush and mentioning but not showing much of how Marcus is also developing feelings for him. There are brief online chats between
↬ Sarah ↫
Ok the best thing about this book is like oh yea i can predict the unexpected twist but thEN ITS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU THOUGHT AND YOUR MIND LIKE EXPLODES! But overall this book was incredible and I loved it. The plot was unique, the characters were real, the imagery was vivid. The romance was beautiful, the story was phenomenal, i could not have been more pleased with this book. It's a must read, definitely go check it out <3
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
This book was really funny! I was literally laughing or giggling aloud in every chapter. It took me about a day to read, mostly because I wanted to see what over-the-top event would happen next. I did think the who-was-gay-and-who-was-not thing was a little unbelievable, but it made for a fun story so who cares. It was kind of like Cyrano de Bergerac crossed with a Shakespearean mix-up!
I LOVED this book. there were so many unexpected twists and i found myself blushing at the funny embarrassing parts. I also loved the ending. I would read this over and over again, and someday i'll get it myself from the bookstore.
In M or F? by Lisa Papademetrio and Chris Tebbetts, Frannie lets her best friend Marcus in on her deepest secret... She has a crush on Jeffrey Osborne. When Frannie refuses to approach him in school, Marcus suggests that she use the school's online chat room to talk to him. Frannie agrees, but is too scared to do any of the talking herself, so she asks Marcus to help her. Frannie and Jeffrey quickly become friends, and even talk outside of the school's online chat room. Everything is going well ...more
Candido P
M or F? follows Fannie the quirky hopeless romantic, who has fallen for (the oh so hottest vegetarian activist) Jeffrey, but is too shy to express her feelings towards him. So Marcus the film junkie, aka her gay best friend decides to help make Jeffrey notice her. Though things don’t go as plan when Marcus secretly starts developing feelings for Jeffrey.

Last night I finished reading M or F? when I should have been doing my 4 page paper(I regret nothing). I was halfway through the book and I need
I bought this book around nine years ago and it was so, so formative. It contributed to shaping my views on myself/other people and also influenced how I treated people. I thought I lost this book but I recently found it in the bottom of a box at my grandfathers house and I could have wept for joy. I read it again last night and so much has changed since I read it the first time. I have changed. But what hasnt changed is the warmth I feel when I read the book, and the optimism it gives me regard ...more
When I was looking for books read for this month, I originally thought that M or F? was about gender identity. So when I read the book's summary I was pleasantly surprised to find that that wasn't the case at all (not that I have anything against books that deal with transgender issues; I still have yet to read any) and decided to give it a go, since it sounded pretty interesting. Boy, am I glad that I gave this a go because I really, really, really enjoyed this book. Like, a lot.

M or F? is the
Cute. What an endearing incident to read about! This has to be one of my favourite YA GLBT reads, ever. It's sweet, right to-the-point, and funny in the best possible way. I was expecting something seriously dramatic/possibly friendship-killing when I first read the description; and while there were low points in the story (low mood-wise, I mean), it was not at the tragic level commonly seen in comedy. There were no tears; but there were some moments of empathy—worry and concern. My moods moved ...more
A not so angsty tale of teenage woe. The story switches off between the two authors and their narrators, Frannie and Marcus. This is like a extremely watered down version of Much Ado About Nothing. Only not really that funny. Or romantic. Or anything.

So the plot is: Frannie has a 'serious' crush on Jeff. Jeff doesn't know she exists. Frannie is unsure of herself, so that when she sees Jeff online she asks the more confident (and gay) Marcus to talk to him in her place. Marcus does so, but soon f
M or F? is an amazingly funny book which involves mixups, laugh-out-loud humor, and the main question, who likes who? Marcus and Frannie are best friends, but could they have a fallout over one guy?

I really loved the aspect of this book. I was hooked once I read the blurb at the back, and I was waiting for the answer to the whole dilemma. Through several mixups and a HUGE mistake with an interesting twist, this book was hilariously well-written. The characters were so realistic, with the ups and
I have a hard time deciphering my emotions about this book.

I'll just tell you the plot first. It's a modern day twist on the Cyrano de Bergerac Frannie is a high school student who has a crush on a vegetarian humanitarian, all around good guy, Jeffrey. Her friend Marcus suggests to try to talk to him through a school chatroom online, only Frannie can never find the words to say. Marcus gives her advice on what to say, and in the process of this online flirting, he finds himself starting to fall
Laura Hughes
Fun comedy romp with a gay male/straight female best friend team, some sexuality-undetermined male love interests, an IM-based Cyrano plot, and wacky hijinks.

This neon orange book caught my eye in the YA section when I was looking to see if there were any new Alice books, read the first chapter, bought it, stayed up late to keep reading and then finished it when I woke up. So, I guess I liked it! I'm not sure how much it would stand up to re-reading, since part of what impressed me about it was
Frannie has a crush on Jeffrey, even if she doesn't share his passion for activist causes. Marcus is Frannie's best friend and a little lonely - he pushes Frannie to act on her crush partly to distract himself from his own lack of options for a boyfriend. When Frannie freezes up talking to Jeffrey online, Marcus steps in to break the ice. Soon Marcus is chatting with Jeffrey on his own and developing his own crush - then the both start to wonder who Jeffrey is really interested in. And where do ...more
Lisa Cheyne
This book was great! I loved the comedic quips that were featured throughout the book, and the style it was written in was great! It reminds me of Will Grayson, Will Grayson in that respect.

(spoilers included from this point onwards)

I had my suspicions about Glenn, especially after he made that remark about Jeffrey taking him to Line 'Em Up on their gay night, but having it confirmed in such a great way was hilarious. Marcus and Glenn definitely seem like they'll have an interesting relationship
This is one I read as a teen, but mysteriously forgot about when I migrated to Goodreads. I no longer have it- a result of getting rid of any non-essential YA when I turned eighteen, but remember really liking the plot and characters. I never usually read contemporary YA because of my weird teen years (not a lot of books covered having pain with no cause/seeing every doctor MT had to offer), but this one looked fun and light, and it was.
Annie Elozano
I read it so long ago.... (like 6 yeas ago I think) and I just loved it is was so funny and unexpected!
I loved the diversity of topics, and the personality of every character.

I want to read it again so I can be, i don't know, deeper, on my review, cos as I read it so long ago I had a different perspective in life and literature but for now, I rate it as good, real worth it, funny and light (if this is a valid adjetive)
I was really intrigued by this book and its "comedy of errors" description in the book jacket, but it fell flat almost instantly. I couldn't connect to Frannie and Marcus at all. The book plodded along and I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but it didn't seem like anything ever did. The secondary characters like Frannie's friends faded into the background and were only dragged out when necessary, so we never really got a sense of who they were at all. Still, I stuck with it, hop ...more
Frannie is too shy to say one word to her crush, Jeffrey. Her gay friend, Marcus, focuses her to talk with Jeffrey on the school’s online chat room and to see where it leads. Frannie is too scared to even type a single letter, so Marcus has to type everything for her. With Marcus typing the conversation and Frannie doing the dating everything seems to go well. One little problem seems to stay in the way. Marcus thinks that Jeffrey is more into him then in Frannie.

M or F? by Lisa Papademtriou an
Average. Extremely average. This plot of this book was completely guessable from the beginning and the heterosexual characters were incredibly grating and dull. Franny was supposed to be this super cool girl but then fell into every girly stereotype in the world. Lisa P. come on, stick up for the fairer sex. On the plus side the gay characters were fun although the use of the word queer started to annoy. Perhaps I am too old for this book. Scratch that. I am definitely too old for this book. Why ...more
This is one of the best books I've read. It made me smile and had an amazing plot twist that was so unpredictable-amazingness!

As Marcus and Frannie try to get Frannie a date, they use the school chat website to talk to Jeffery, the guy that caught Frannie's eye.
Flashing forward a little bit, and new emotions arise along with various problems in the relationships between almost everyone.

It's such a good book!
This was a fun story. I liked that the characters were not stereotypical, and while there was some drama, it wasn't over the top like many teenage books tend to be. I never felt like rolling my eyes. (Okay, maybe once or twice.)

I was surprised to read at the end that there were two authors, since only one was listed in my e-book version, but more importantly because the characters sound so similar. Yes, they are "brain twins" but for a GLBTQ book you'd think they would rely a little less heavily
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Bestselling author Lisa Papademetriou is the author of the 'Confectionately Yours' series, 'Middle School: Big, Fat Liar' and 'Homeroom Diaries' (both with James Patterson), and many other novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Her books have appeared on the Bank Street Best Books of the Year list, the NYPL Books for the Teen Age, and the Texas Lone Star Reading List, among others. A for ...more
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