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Deliver Us from Evie

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,185 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Told by her brother Parr, this is the story of 18-year-old Evie, her Missouri farm family, and the turmoil created by Evie's love for the local banker's daughter.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 18th 1995 by Harper Teen (first published January 1st 1990)
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Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-teen-fic
Things i love about this book: Evie (I'd totally have wanted to date her), Parr (he reminds me of my own brothers), and that this story is told through Parr's perspective.

It's an open, honest exploration of how being gay affects on only a person's life, but the lives of those around them.

I read this around the time that I was figuring out my own sexuality and it struck me deeply. Not because of what Evie, the lesbian older sister of the narrator, experiences, but for how Parr's life is impacte
Aug 02, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: the gays
Ha .. first off, this book gets an extra star b/c it's about gay teens.

2nd, it gets a half-star cos it's about the dykiest bulldyke teenager ya ever did encounter in a young adult novel!

The book, in general, is not amazing, but really funny.
The main character chain-smokes, tells utterly corny jokes, "does the work of two men" on the family thoroughly a dyke stereotype, but that of the toughest trucker butch on the block! hilarious.

the thing I didn't like was the "Other"-ness of Evie
Amy Holliday
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Can you help when you fall in love, or who you fall in love with? No. Love just hits you like a poison dart, and there is nothing to be done. But, while this is the common answer for boys and girls or men and women who fall in love, the world has harsher standards when a girl and a girl fall in love. Imagine living in a small farm town in Missouri, and finding out that your sister is in love with another girl from the community and has been sneaking off to see her frequently. Well this is exactl ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I read this book in the shortest time period I could manage. It follows the style I am beginning to expect from Young Adult novels of the 80s and 90s: minimal analysis of emotion, written chronologically with no flashbacks, but not entirely plot-driven is the plot is often not hugely important. I guess what's important in this type of novel is that the main character goes through some kind of self-discovery, a coming-of-age type story.
I'm beginning to love this simple style of writing. No flower
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Subjects: First love, sexual identity/orientation, lesbians, stereotypes, prejudice, family life, farm life, and religious beliefs. Kerr has been citied as one of the pioneers in realistic fiction for teenagers. Deliver Us From Evie was one of first books written on the subject of lesbianism for young adult readers. Sexual identity is a very realistic teen anguish with deep emotional feelings. Our society shuns individuals whose sexual preferences are not “the norm”. Books such as Deliver Us Fro ...more
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to HeavyReader by: Jessica Gish
M.E. Kerr must have written this book after I stopped reading young adult fiction, because I had never heard of it until Gish recommended it to me.

The story is told from the viewpoint of a teenage fellow, a junior in high school. His sister, Evie, has always been different, masculine, good at repairing machines, a strong worker on the family farm. Their mom tries to get Evie to look and act more feminine, but Evie maintains that's just not the way she is.

Then Evie falls in love with a 17 year ol
Feb 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-09, y-a, gay
I thought that it was a good story, and I enjoyed reading from the brother's point of view. I liked the discussion about being a butch lesbian vs. being femme, and would have liked to hear more about what Parr's thoughts really were about his sister. However, I thought that the dialog often got confusing, and the narrator didn't have very strong characterization; even though he was telling the story, I feel as though I never got to learn much about him. Too many of the characters were stereotypi ...more
I have always disliked that this book is written from the straight sibling's perspective, however strategic a choice it might have been for the author. But I remember it as having the first depiction of a butch/femme relationship between queer women that I came across. So I don't love it, but it was important to me when I was a queer youth. I just always wanted more about the queer sister/her girlfriend, but that isn't the focus of the book.
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I have a memory of reading this book in elementary school, but i bet it was more like freshman year of highschool. I wasn't out to myself even yet, but I was so psyched there was a sympathetic queer major character. I read all the other M.E. Kerr books in the library and decided that Kerr or someone in thier family was gay because of all the queer side characters. anyway, good books for the young un's.
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
can't believe the reviews said best m.e. kerr book ever.
maybe the fact that the lesbian sister is portrayed almost completely unsympathetically was what wowed them.

although realistic in some ways, do NOT give this book to any budding teen lesbians you know, unless you want to drive them to despair.
might be an ok book for that Midwestern dyke you know who's in her 40s and wants to identify with all the crap she went through.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kerr's writing is wonderful, making this a book that you just don't want to put down. Although slightly dated because it was written in the 1990s (teens sending post cards instead of IM, for example) and its leaning toward the After School Special books that I detest, I really like this novel. At first I was annoyed that Evie was portrayed as such stereotype, but the author not only addresses this, but also introduced other characters that break stereotypes. Really good book for GLBTQ teens or s ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult-ita
"Do your folks know what's being said about Evie?"

Evie Burrman's mother is trying hard to change her, trying everything, but it's like trying to change the direction of the wind. Then Evie meets rich, beautiful Patsy Duff at a Halloween party at 1,000-acre Duffarm. Evie doesn't seem to be herself afterward. Or, maybe the trouble is, that Evie seems to be herself for the first time. Soon everyone is talking about Evie, and in the seasons ahead their ways of thinking about love, the land and the l
Amy Rae
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
So I'm basically at the point where I want to read every young adult novel M.E. Kerr has ever written, because she is super cool.

AKA, I loved this book.

It's one that's definitely a product of its time--it's about coming out, and yet the main character is the titular character's straight brother--but at the same time, the slightly distanced POV fits in with what I've read by Kerr so far. Compare to the way the audience is denied a view inside enigmatic Mildred Cone's head in I Stay Near You: One
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This book dealt about lesbianism and what it is like to come out of the closet. I wonder what the character of Evie was like growing up apart from the vague description of her as a tomboy in the book. I wanted to know what was going on in her mind growing up and as she came out to the people in her small town.

I believe this book does a good job at describing how a person feels when a loved one comes out as gay. There will be some people who may not have a clear explanation of it, but still acce
Leann Maxwell
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Evie and her family learn to accept who she is as a lesbian. The story is told through the voice of Evie's younger brother who really doesn't have a problem with Evie except that if she leaves the farm he will have trouble leaving, too. This book is obviously older since it deals more with the "coming out" than with the relationship Evie has. But, it does do a good job of portraying Evie as just a regular person. Other characters have pretty outdated ideas about homosexuality, which is to be exp ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Small town Missouri sets the stage for a family grappling with a sensitive subject: homosexuality.

Our narrator, Parr Burrman, navigates the tricky topic of lesbianism in a small farming town. Parr is the younger brother of Evie, the definitive dyke. For years, Evie has been mocked for her boyish ways, but her family has always attributed her masculine ways to her interest in farming. After all, farmers aren’t exactly feminine.

Things come to a head when Evie starts dating Patsy Duff, daughter o
Lindsay Bunchman
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-issues
Deliver Us From Evie is a great book for middle level students that promotes a productive discussion about homosexuality. Readers will come to empathize with the secrets that have to be kept in Evie's community and begin to questiont their own thoughts and beliefs about which characters they relate to and how they feel about homosexuality. Deliver Us From Evie is also a great book because it addresses and dispels stereotypes about many different groups of people. The plot explores social injusti ...more
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book for many reasons, and I think the biggest reason of all was the clearly depicted struggle of identity that everyone goes through. Yes, this book is about the main character's lesbian sister and the effects that it has on his family and the members of the small community that they live in, but it's also about much more than that. Throughout the story the main character and the members of his family struggle with who they are, who they want to be, and who they are expected to b ...more
Tara Calaby
I picked this one up years and years ago when I was buying a lot of YA books with GLBTQ themes. Although published in the mid-nineties, it feels a lot more dated, both in terms of the descriptions of the life lived by the characters and in terms of the writing style. There were times I thought it was set earlier than it was written, but then the talk of AIDS meant that it couldn't be much earlier.

I actually enjoyed the stuff about the farm more than about Evie's sexuality, to be honest. I don't
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
I read this novel for a young adult's literature class I took as part of my teacher education program. In general, I think that it's a good book to bring up LGBT issues, combining them with the topic of expectations. Told from the point of view of Evie's little brother, the reader is in his shoes, learning gradually just how "different" Evie is in their farming community. Unfortunately, the narrator also got on my nerves a bit, and I often struggled to sympathize with him. Still, I would recomme ...more
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbqt
I have always seen this book around and I finally read it. It surprised me! This book is set on a farm and I am taking an extensive class in farming, and I found that a lot of what the author said corresponded to what I have been learning. I also found that the family structure was interesting. I even went so far as developing a little crush on Evie, the main character-- she's such a cute butch thing! I liked this book a lot overall, but it is definitely written for young adults. If you are look ...more
Dec 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of realistic fiction
Parr is the youngest son in a farming family. His older brother, Doug, is away at college and his older sister, Evie, is working on the farm while she awaits her turn to go to college. Parr does not want to be a farmer and can't wait to leave his small town.

When Evie, who has always seemed a bit on the masculine side, starts dating Patsy Duff, daughter of a rich man in town, the proverbial shit hits the fan. Life doesn't turn out the way Parr and his family planned it, but it does go on. Excelle
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ls5385-ya
This story of 18 year old Evie, a lesbian growing up in a farming community in the Midwest, is told through the eyes of her younger brother, Parr. Evie's style fits the stereotype of the more masculine lesbian, but as you read you realize there is so much more to her; just like there is so much more to any person than a stereotype. The family and community also seem stereotypical, but as the story evolves, they are much more complex than originally thought. Evie's family has prejudices, but they ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I saw this book on several lists of "must-reads for queer teens" but honestly I wasn't impressed. It was okay, and I can see how it has been meaningful to so many, but it didn't have the same meaning to me. I can say that it felt painfully real, as Evie's parents tried to come to terms with things and shouted cliches at her, all the while considering kicking her out. It had a happy ending though, and it felt as though every character learned something about themselves through Evie's struggle. Al ...more
Janine Darragh
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtqa
This book is just really dated-- so it didn't keep my attention. The story felt forced and a little didactic to me as well. Mostly I was cranky because I only read this book because it was on a list for books about eating disorders, and there certainly wasn't a single one represented, unless you consider it an eating disorder that a minor character quits eating meat because his girlfriend is a vegetarian....
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I do believe that we can't help who we fall in love with. Love finds you, sometimes unexpectedly. I liked that it was told from Parr's POV. It's a journey that a younger brother goes through when he realizes that the older sister he idolizes is in love with another woman. I felt it was told poignantly and honestly. It's an easy read that will keep you turning the pages.
Kirsty (alkalinekiwi)
Read this in one sitting.
I found this an interesting YA novel - perhaps I might not of enjoyed it as much if I had of read it as a teen.
Evie is a likeable character and part of me wishes that the book was narrated by her, rather than her younger brother. That she isn't the narrator gives this a different feel to other novels with similar subject matter.

Group 1
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it

Evie is an 18 year old independent girl. She wants nothing more than to run her family farm until she meets the banker’s daughter. Told from the perspective of her brother Parr, it follows the hardships of Evie as she goes against the grain of what is throught of as right. We recommend this book to high school students due to the content.

Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Deliver Us From Evie is a good, book an interesting view point because of her brother, and it all from a by stander. The topics are stereotypes, lesbianism and that your place in the world and responsibility. A good book, good characters, and topics the only thing i miss is that the author doesn't tell you what happens to Parr, Evie and Patty. But otherwise a very good book.
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M. E. Kerr was born Marijane Meaker in Auburn, New York. Her interest in writing began with her father, who loved to read, and her mother, who loved to tell stories of neighborhood gossip. Unable to find an agent to represent her work, Meaker became her own agent, and wrote articles and books under a series of pseudonyms: Vin Packer, Ann Aldrich, Laura Winston, M.E. Kerr, and Mary James. As M.E. K ...more
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