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My Year Zero

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Lauren thinks she has a pretty good life—so why is it that she feels crazy most of the time? She figures it’s nothing she can’t fix by getting her first girlfriend and doing better at school. But how is she ever going to find a girlfriend in Duluth, Minnesota?

When she meets a group of kids who are telling a science fiction story online and gets invited down to the Twin Cit
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Bella Books
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You know when you are certain a writer has the best intentions, and you really, really just wish different people had looked at it before it went out into the world, so they could say "Stop stop stop do not do that thing or that thing or that thing?" This book is a perfect example of that. This is my second Rachel Gold book, and in both books she has done certain things so well (especially abusive queer relationships, which is a pretty rare thing to see), but there's just too much that makes me ...more
Vee S
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-ya
Shira Glassman
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: femslash, jewish, teen
My Year Zero by Rachel Gold, in a sentence, is a YA all-girl love triangle with a Jewish lesbian MC, a bi-girl love interest, and a very satisfyingly happy ending full of love and tenderness.

Okay, now that my entire Mangoverse readership have gone and bought it just from that description—since it just came out today (I was reading an advance copy)—I’ll continue with the review ;-)

I like the fact that this book shows the value of an emotional connection and true interest in the other person’s wel
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: zzzz
I like premises where the main character first falls for the 'obvious' love interest who is stereotypically gorgeous, hot, and has everyone running after her. Then later, the main character realizes she's in love with this completely opposite person whom she missed at the first glance.

And that, is how I got through this book. It wasn't really romantic or sweet, but the premise was interesting enough for me to finish it.

If anyone has recommendations on books with said plot, please comment or mes
Melissa Storm
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my third book by Rachel Gold and I definitely think it would be apt to describe her as the LGBT John Green. I'd love to simply say "the lesbian John Green", but she really does have all the letters in her fiction! If you're new to Rachel Gold, I'd suggest starting with her previous novel, Just Girls. Such an eye-opener for me on trans issues and how that mostly hidden segment of society lives.

My Year Zero trades in the T for L and B. With memorable characters who are definitely quirky a
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read an interview with the author and it looked like she did a lot of research, so I really wanted to read this book and I’m so glad I did. It was easy to get into. Lauren starts the book already out as a lesbian at 16, which is a refreshing change from all the books where the main character spends most of the time coming out.

I was eager for Lauren to get everything she wanted: girlfriend, relationship, etc. And right off it looked like it was going to go that way, but it didn’t. I loved how
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Bonus Factors: Evil Father, Math, Collaborative Writing
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Kristin Boldon
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, young-adult
I received an advance e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Year Zero is a complicated and intriguing young-adult romance about Lauren, a 16yo art geek from Duluth Minnesota. She thinks her boring life will get better when she gets a girlfriend. It certainly gets less boring as she joins a group of friends writing an online space opera, but it gets more complicated as she navigates issues of neglect, emotional abuse, and a friend's bipolar disorder. Lauren is an appealing chara
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
Danika at The Lesbrary
When I met Blake, I had no idea that she would destroy my life.

My Year Zero makes for a great addition to the lesbian YA genre. In a lot of ways, it’s a refreshing change from the standard lesbian YA narrative. Lauren is a Jewish teenager with an emotionally neglectful father. One of the other major characters is bipolar. Add into this mix an unhealthy first relationship, a group storytelling/roleplaying website, and an enthusiasm for math, and you have a lot more to juggle than most queer YA I’
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read (for those of you wondering how I read in December a book not released until March - I beta read the final edited version).

I'll add a more comprehensive review once the novel official hits the shelf.

For now: You are in for a treat, "My Year Zero" does not disappoint :)
Dillon Breseman

In My Year Zero, we follow Lauren, a girl who believes she's crazy, and that the cure to her craziness is a girlfriend. Naturally, when she joins an online storytelling group, she draws in the attention of a girl named Sierra. So why is that for all her attraction to Sierra, she's opening up to Blake?

Overall, I liked this book and I'm glad to have read it. There were parts in the middle and the ending that dragged on and on, and at times Lauren felt like a really dull character. A lot of the
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Some bi-misrepresentation that was irking, but, sadly, this is all too common. Otherwise an okay read. The fact that most of the characters are writing fiction together offered some inventive narratiion, which is always cool.
Michelle Brewer-Bunnell
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
In all honesty, while I am always impressed with the way information is dispersed by RG, I was not expecting to find something as subtly correct as this book.
Things which are NOT at the center of this book: religion, school, the computer kid with a meltdown.
***Spoilers present in this review***
Things which ARE central: relationships with people, moods, feelings, creativity and respect.
I have read both of the books which came before this (Being Emily and Just Girls) and while I did not completely
Lauren is a young woman, looking towards high school graduation. She has come to the realization that she is a lesbian, and that the likelihood of finding a suitable partner in Duluth, Minnesota is incredibly small. She joins an online writers group out of the Twin Cities – Minneapolis and St. Paul are only a few hours away – and travels down to meet her new online friends in person. This leads to a series of relationships – especially with Sierra, who extends their relationship to include a rom ...more
Erin Merrill
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to give this book 5 stars because it brought me out of a deep reading slump. This book, guh... how do I even begin. It's a story about youth, and love, queer love, discovering who you are, de-stigmatizing mental health, infinities and more. I loved every part of this. I loved Lauren's narrative, her story, her discoveries and the friendships she builds. The fact that this starts off in Duluth and is then based in the cities? Even better. The nerd aspect with the fantasy story building tha ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun, and Deep-- lots of hot girl-girl desire/sex, a cool collaborative storytelling subplot that parallels to the storyline in clear/deliberate and yet not heavyhanded ways --and by the end is actually used as a kind of intervention into IRL conflicts. The best part of the novel was the really clear-sighted and affirming representation of a character who's bipolar. Mild frustration with how non/monogamy issues are handled, but the characters are all compelling and spot on -- ug ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Tossing on this one..It was..good ,worth the read. I did not even think about not finishing it but, but Im goin 3.5ish I think
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this so much more than I actually liked it.
tom k
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
!!! jewish lesbian girl! bi^2 math nerd! it was very sweet !!!
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewish, ya, q, romance
This book was exquisitely charming

It's current-day YA with a 16yo Jewish lesbian lead, dealing with a shitty dad & co-writing SF with friends & having a lot of messy emotions, & I loved all of it

There's a lot of co-writer/romance drama which I particularly loved, even if sometimes in an agitated way, because it was too close for comfort in a way I expect would ring true to any of my friends who have written collaboratively online. (it felt so real that I kept getting startled in the
Natasha Tracy
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is a charming coming-of-age story. But it is more than that. The lead character doesn't just come of age, she also discovers her sexuality and falls in love in a way she never expected.

This book deals with same-sex sex, self-image and independence; and it does so with sensitivity and authenticity. This book also deals with mental illness in a way that is both authentic and caring. This is not a book that creates stereotypes, rather it poignantly embraces real characters with three-dimension
Emily January
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has completely devoured my mind. It complexly, richly shows us who these characters are and explores their lives. I love how Lauren is creative and unsure and messed up and trying so hard. Honestly blown away.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Trigger warnings: Consent issues/age (16 with 20? Check age of consent in MN). Smoking hot sex scenes.
Alex R
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