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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  907 ratings  ·  189 reviews
In the tiny podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything—sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came out to her years ago, and she’s shared with him her “sacred te ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Three Rooms Press
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Laura Well, I am forty-four and I enjoyed it. Of course, The X-Files it's from my generation, so maybe that added to the appeal.…moreWell, I am forty-four and I enjoyed it. Of course, The X-Files it's from my generation, so maybe that added to the appeal.(less)
Cheryl Lula's part hops back and forth a bit between when she was out west and when she had returned. It took me a bit of mental adjustment to get into the s…moreLula's part hops back and forth a bit between when she was out west and when she had returned. It took me a bit of mental adjustment to get into the swing how she was bopping back and forth--but it was worth it. Good book!

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Laurence R.
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was so good! I absolutely loved this book. Also, I really want to check out X-Files now, because it sounds really good and I'm unfortunately too young to have watched it before (dang it!).

I really liked both of the characters, but especially Lula. She's funny, passionate, kind and always hopeful, which makes her a bit immature sometimes, like when she decided to leave, but also very realistic and interesting. I enjoyed seeing her interact with her wonderful grandparents, Walter and her frien
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REVIEW: This is probably one of the first book I read that actually has a LGBT+ theme but it doesn't revolve around it but then again, it plays a big part in this book. Even though I have a blurb above, I will have my own little blurb here. A main character, Rory (17 years old) is gay but he's in love with this 40-something year old man who is divorced and has kids. Lula, another main character, is secretly in love with Rory who
I don’t normally read contemporary YA, but I couldn’t resist the siren call of a story about confused and nerdy teenagers who were almost as obsessed with The X-Files as I was when I was a teenager. Going in, I was expecting Lula and Rory’s X-Files obsession to be more of a gimmick and that it wouldn’t be present in more than a cursory way, but I was so wrong. It plays an integral role in both Lula and Rory’s lives, and the book would have been lesser without it.

Lula and Rory are best friends, t
Lala BooksandLala
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, queer
This was slower than I expected, and I didn't connect with the characters in any meaningful way - but the story was cute and very well written. Will read future books by Meagan Brothers. ...more
Wow, this book is a really great coming of age story. I love how real these characters feel. Rory is a gay teenage boy who is secretly dating his 40 year old boss. Lula is a teenage girl who is desperately trying to find herself and figures out what she wants in life. Rory and Lula are best friends and they are both obsessed with The X-Files, which is so cool. I personally have never seen The X-Files, but now I really want too, and my Dad has been trying to get me to watch it for years haha. But ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could go back in time, when I was Lula and Rory's age, so I could feel like I finally had someone who spoke my language. Meagan Brothers captures two adolescent voices as though she spent decades growing them from seedlings into the mighty mighty characters that they became. I RELUCTANTLY finished this book because I didn't want their story to end. When I finally turned that last page, I immediately went on Amazon to find anything else Meagan Brothers has written. I read "Supergirl Mixt ...more
Pam Mooney
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must read book. I love the raw honesty as we follow the main characters through their coming of age experiences. It is refreshing to be able to hear from the characters in such a way that you know everything - no holds barred. Personalities come out in all of the supporting characters so you are pulling for them throughout the book as well. Yes - everything isn't perfect but somehow that is okay may be the moral of a modern fairytale. A good read. ...more
Jessica Jane
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
x-files. dying your hair scully red. sexual confusion and teenage angst. guided by voices. this book has everything.

it's been a long time since i've devoured a ya novel so quickly and been so moved by it. sure, it ended a little too neatly with a bow on top for me, but sometimes life is like that.

seriously, if you want to have your heart grow by two sizes and get the x-files theme song stuck in your head for a day or two, READ THIS BOOK. you won't regret it.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-as-an-arc
Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a free DRC

I owe a lot to Meagan Brothers. Her novel Debbie Harry Sings in French was one of the first LGBT novels I've ever read and it's still one of my favorites. It's arguably one of the novels that started my love affair with YA LGBT and I was super pumped to have been approved of for her third book Weird Girl and What's His Name

Before I start I just want to point out how misleading the summery is. It makes it seem like the entire book is about Lula's jou
Annabelle Jay
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader and writer, there is rarely a novel that makes me think “I have never read a book like this before.” Weird Girl and What’s His Name is one of the occasional exceptions.

The story of two nerdy seventeen year olds whose friendship is tested by secrets, affairs, identity questions, and failed family relationships, Weird Girl and What’s His Name manages the incredibly difficult feat of creating two equally compelling main characters with very different but equally interesting thing
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down. I knew within the first couple pages that I was guaranteed to be up past midnight reading the final chapter and I was excited to embark on the journey. Rory’s voice drew me in immediately, and later, when it was Lula’s turn to tell her story, I was eager to read what she had to say, too. This was impressive, especially considering that I can’t say I have tons in common with these characters on a surface level. Some of the SciFi references were ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous, moving, funny, challenging and heartwarming book.

Lula and Rory are wholly memorable, brightly alive. They are misfits together until growing up threatens to pull them apart. And the supporting characters are great too, fully realized: I won't mention details so as not to spoil the plot. The plot is filled with surprise, longing, tenderness-- plus rock and roll, horses, living room golf, Cadillacs, Liv Ulmann references and lots of ingenious X-Files fun. (You don't need to have seen
mad mags
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mulder, it's me.

(Full disclosure: I received an electronic ARC for review though Edelweiss. Trigger warning for rape.)

"Sometimes you can't see how the stuff you do spirals out, like octopus arms, destroying everything in its path and ... okay, that's a crappy metaphor. Octopuses don't really destroy anything. I had to do a report on octopuses once. Octopi. Anyway, they're actually really smart, loving animals, even if they do look like blobs. I'm no octopus. I'm more like a ... like a big dumb p
Heather A
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I received a copy from Edelweiss.

This book pretty much had me at two besties who binge watch old X Files reruns. As I am a massive X Files addict. And still binge-watch the series myself. The in-depth X Files references that are a huge bulk of the plot are worth five stars alone.

However, there are many other reasons for why this is one the best books I have read this year. The basic theme of the novel is there is no such thing as "normal" when you are 17/18 and just starting out in life. Its a
Jen Ryland
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was fantastic -- my favorite of her books so far. This is a wonderful story about friendship and finding yourself and ... the X-Files (which I never watched btw so don't let that stop you if you didn't either.)

Review to follow as to why you need Meagan Brothers books in your life!

Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!

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May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A home run. With each book, Ms. Brothers improves as a writer and this is the best one yet.
Credible characters, a decent ending and although a YA genre book, it will hold interest for readers outside of that narrow confine.
Even though my reading speed in this month pretty lame, thanks God I can finished this book, because it was so good! I felt connecting with it, for personal reasons. I was a Philer, an X-Files fans --a fans of a 90's popular TV show about two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who tried to solved the cases which involved UFO's and undescribed things, such as shapeshifters, apparitions and other paranormal cases-- back to my junior high-school. This book also brought me back to the time, beca ...more
Sofia The Great
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nerdy, 2015, lgbt
4 Platypires for Weird Girl and What's His Name

Must love X-Files or have some idea who the hell are Mulder and Scully from the show. Okay maybe I am exaggerating but it does help. Its also one of the reasons why I picked up "Weird Girl and What's His Name" because it was mention in the synopsis. Being a fan of the show I was able to pick up on a lot of the references but even though I liked the show, I thought it was a tad overdone. I got it. Lula and Rory are obsessed with the show and they wo
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
“In that brief, still moment, she knew for certain that she loved this man, and that he did not belong to her.”

A story of trying to understand yourself in a world where no one really knows what normal is. I felt like this was a very painfully simple and real tale and could very easily have crashed and burned but was executed beautifully.

The MC's have their flaws but they are so likeable and relatable, we see them how we would normally see people in the real world.

“We were obsessed with Mrs. Lide
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Hmm… where do I even begin? I am in LOVE with this book, so much so that I can barely even put together the words to tell you how I feel, but I will do my best to try. I feel like I’ve haven’t read a PERFECT 5 star book in a while and I was starting to lose hope. I am so glad that Weird Girl and What’s His Name came into my life and was able to fill the void that I haven’t been able to fill with all of these duds lately.The first time I laid eyes on this book, I just felt an unexplained force dr ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, lgbtq, read-in-2015
As a former X-Files obsessed teen, I was both excited and cautious about Weird Girl and What's His Name. Rory and Lula, are bonded by their love of the X-Files, but I was pleased to find that Megan Brothers explored the difficulties they have interacting with the world and, after one revelatory night, with each other beyond "haha they're weird sci-fi nerds." The book felt to me like it had elements of I'll Give You the Sun and Fangirl and ended up with the book Paper Towns could have been if its ...more
Sawyer Lovett
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rory and Lula have been friends forever, bonding over a sense of otherness and a deep love for all things nerdy. Lula lives with her grandparents in a retirement community after her mom bailed when she was a baby. Rory’s mom’s raging alcoholism and casual neglect of him makes it easy for him to pursue a complicated relationship with his boss, who is much older. Rory is also gay, and unsure of how to negotiate high school as anything other than an outcast – something else he and Lula have in comm ...more
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I honestly didn't expect to love this book, but I really did. The geeky X-Files references made me smile because that was my husband's favorite show when we were dating. I loved how part of the book was in Rory's point and view and then it changed to Lula's. These were two kids who came from broken families and it really messed up their ideas of love and relationships. We watch them make mistake after mistake. It felt real. It wasn't a typical book about two high school kids who thought they wer ...more
Cassie Spanton
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Darrian Elisabeth
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything. I like that it was more about finding where you belong in life and less about the drama of being secretly in love with your best friend
This book has been in my TBR pile for a while, so I had forgotten what about it made me want to read it. As soon as I began chapter two, I remembered. The two characters in this book, Lula (Weird Girl) and Rory (What’s His Name) are OBSESSED with The X-Files, my all-time favorite TV show. How crazy is it that I picked up this book yesterday, the day that The X-Files returned to TV for its 10th season after being off the air for 14 years??? Needless to say, reading this book was the perfect distr ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, lgbtq
Great story, great characters, hit me too hard, full review later.

This was another one of those books that came at a perfect time, exactly when I needed it. There was a lot in here about growing up and figuring yourself out, and trying to figure yourself out when your best friend/most important person in your life is also trying to figure his/herself out, and how to navigate what it means to be growing up and being a person and having an identity. And then bits about sexuality, figuring ou
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: My God, It's Full of Stars
Drinking Buddy: Logs On
Testosterone/Estrogen Level: It's Complicated
Talky Talk: That German Expression For a Story About a Young Person Becoming an Adult
Bonus Factors: The X-Files, LGBTQ
Bromance Status: Virtual Friend

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Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I really enjoyed this coming of age survival story. The story is told in two parts, one for each side of a best friendship. Rory starts the story in his and his best friend Lula’s junior year of high school. Rory relies a lot on the confidence he sees in Lula, the easy way she excels at school and just seems to know who she is and what she wants, even though she was left behind by her mother, who she has an active search going for, she never seems to let things get the best of her.

Rory on the o
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
cross posted from fox and fiction

i waited until after the return of the x files to write this review, so i could think about lula and rory's reactions as i watched it. i liked this book for a lot of reasons, but most of them are reasons that appeal specifically to me. this book takes place in 2008, which is right when i was their age, so it's real nostalgic. i'm maybe not as big an x files fan as rory and lula are, but it's definitely a show i love to watch and rewatch. and while i usually detes
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Meagan Brothers is the author of three novels for young adults, Debbie Harry Sings in French, Supergirl Mixtapes, and Weird Girl and What's His Name. She has also been, variously, a musician, a performing poet, a record store clerk, and an adjunct professor of creative writing at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. A native Carolinian, she currently lives and works in New York City. ...more

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