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M or F?

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  1,787 Ratings  ·  176 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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes teen lit and truly unique and fun characters
Shelves: own
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Arielle Walker
I read this a long time ago, but I remember it as being very funny, very sweet and with some nice little plot twists to keep things interesting.
Izzy Ringer
Apr 07, 2010 Izzy Ringer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ir
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
Delaney Breen
To be honest, I wasn't positive I was going to like this book, but once I started reading it... I felt like I was being sucked into a black hole. That's how much I liked the book. I couldn't put it down! It's so relatable, humorous, full of drama, and...deep. The main characters are teenagers in high school, but I would recommend this book to anyone because it captures the emotions people go through when finding someone the like...even if it's more than friendship. This book is definitely one of ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Alex Murphy
Dec 28, 2008 Alex Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2013 Maximilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cara Marie
Jul 06, 2007 Cara Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
↬ 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)
Mar 25, 2008 Caitlín (Ink Mage) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
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!
Aug 01, 2015 Krista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 14, 2009 Jessy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 19, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

Frannie and Marcus have been best friends since they met on the first day of high school. When Frannie confesses to Marcus that she has a huge crush on Jeffrey, one of the boys at their school, Marcus encourages Frannie to go for it. Frannie is unsure what to say, so Marcus helps her chat with Jeffrey online. Eventually, Marcus starts chatting to Jeffrey as Frannie without her knowing, and he begins to wonder if Jeffrey is actual
Nov 15, 2016 June rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about relationships. Marcus had just moved across the country and starting at a new high school. Being new is one thing, but being gay in a small town is another. Frannie struck up a conversation in the cafeteria line and they became fast friends. Frannie is wanting a relationship with a boy called Jeffrey. Marcus tries to get her to just go over and say hi, but she is afraid to. They eventually go online and converse with Jeffrey in a chat room. Marcus is the one doing the chatti ...more
Dec 09, 2016 Jesus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
M or F? Is mainly about a girl named Frannie who likes this guy named Marcus. Marcus Is a gay and Frannie went to talk to him one day and she was well surprised. M or F? is really fun and enjoyable read very recommended to teens in high school.
B. Jean
Nov 22, 2016 B. Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute. Nice little spend to the ending. Definitely goes against some stereotypes in typical stories with an LGBT character. Not gonna say much 'cus I know some people want to read it.

The teenage voices were a little stereotypical in themselves, but you know what, still cute.
Heather K Torres
A cute teen story with believable characters and a good plot. The end has a huge twist that will shock readers! Good story!
Dec 30, 2016 Louise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-books
Actual rating: 2.5
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
Rachel Rauch
Sep 27, 2016 Rachel Rauch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comedy and chaos. This book was very lighthearted and funny but it was also a roller-coaster ride. There were so many things that went wrong and could go wrong. I realize that how it's supposed to be but I just thought that it could have been less confusing to the reader at least while it's a comedy of errors. It's almost like we went through a whirlwind of emotion with the reader.
Mar 03, 2012 Rabiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2015 Hailey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Candido P
Jan 18, 2015 Candido P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
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
Jun 09, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2014 Laura Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-ya
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
Feb 02, 2014 K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
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
Jul 28, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, lgbt
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
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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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