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My Invented Life

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  516 ratings  ·  92 reviews
With Roz and Eva everything becomes a contest--who can snag the best role in the school play, have the cutest boyfriend, pull off the craziest prank. Still, they're as close as sisters can be. Until Eva deletes Roz from her life like so much junk e-mail for no reason that Roz understands. Now Eva hangs out with the annoyingly petite cheerleaders, and Roz fantasizes about s ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Henry Holt & Company
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Jul 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
The description says that My Invented Life is hilarious. That could not be further from the truth. It's actually quite offensive and gross. Roz is upset that her sister has cut her out of her life. Then she finds a book involving a lesbian romance in Eva's room and jumps to the conclusion that she must be a lesbian and it is her duty as her sister to show her that it's okay to be gay! Somehow this turns into Roz pretending to be a lesbian, but not to show her sister that it's okay, but so she ca ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was not what I expected at all. I thought it had to deal with a girl realizing she was a lesbian, and I thought it would take the format of the classic coming-out story. But that's not really what it was, like at all. It was much quirkier and more original and it totally won me over!

The main character/narrator Roz is a total drama chick, in both senses of the word: she's a self-described drama geek AND due to some impulse control and lack of tact and a love of gossip she creates a lot
Sep 08, 2009 rated it liked it
My Invented Life was a dizzying mix of slapstick comedy, Shakespearean insults, drama geeks and teenage sexuality. When Roz actually asked her ouija board if Eva was a lesbian, well, I knew this was going to be a fun book. One particular aspect I appreciated was the Shakespearean insults that were casually flung about in normal, everyday conversations. For instance, Roz says to fellow thespian Carmen, "don't be a hedge-born clack-dish" (don't be a blabbermouth). Roz also had this tendency to pla ...more
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it


My Invented Life is a story about love. Sisterly love, boyfriend-girlfriend love, gay love, forbidden love – love is complicated all right.

I was drawn to this book because the main characters are sisters. The relationship between Roz and Eva was deep and complex. They were close, yet competitive – they looked out for each other, yet they teased each other. Roz’s in-your-face personality was both funny and annoying. She could hurl a Shakespearean insult at you one minute and then show you t
Steph Su
Aug 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: debs09, lgbtq
MY INVENTED LIFE is a spunky and witty GLBTQ book that deals with the fluidity of sexual identity, and the complexities of placing labels on people. The fantastic narrative voice and the unique premise will make this a delightful read for nearly anyone.

This book’s strongest point is its protagonist. Roz is a feisty girl with a good blend of sass, passion, and self-delusions. Her witty, laugh-out-loud narration—always direct, never dully over-eloquent—will draw you into the story even if you may
Kathrin Stacked'n'Painted
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Roz and Eva are sisters who are only one year apart - and up until a few months ago, they were not only sisters, but also best friends. But then they fell out with each other, which ended with Eva deleting a folder from her computer desktop titled "Roz - sister and best friend". Roz calls this the PD - the time Post Deletion. Now the sister are enemies of sorts and very, very tense around each other and argue whenever they're talking. When Eva dares Roz to publicly proclaim she is into girls at ...more
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
My Invented Life was a humorous and unique debut that was a refreshing and honest look at homosexuality, sibling rivalry, and relationships in general. Roz was a fantastic main character who never ceased to bring a smile to my face with her reckless attitude and witty, sarcastic comebacks. She didn't care what other people thought of her and when her perfect older sister challenges her with a dare, Roz accepts with full force.

Eva was an interesting character and I liked reading about her and Roz
Anna Redsand
Dec 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
When I read a YA book, I can't help thinking about the students I work with and how they would like it. It's such a smart, funny book dealing with some serious topics--sibling relationships, adolescent sexual confusion, to come out or not to come out, competitiveness, revenge. It is filled with clever repartee, much of it Shakespearean. I don't always like rapid repartee, but it worked for me in this book because I was drawn deeply into the lives of the characters. Also, there was some wonderful ...more
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens, Sisters, GLBT
I loved this book almost as much I as I love the smooshed up faces of the girls on the cover!!!

Ah. Sisters. Such complex relationships most of us have with our sisters, and an especially endearing and funny one In My Invented Life. Roz the main character is quirky and loveable despite inventing a new sexuality for herself, to try to out her sister. The fact that she fantisizes over her sister's boyfriend was sooooooooo well done.

Filled with drama, both the Shakespearean kind as well as the teen
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was at the top of my to-read list for a very long time. Like for three years. And I finally read it!
The beginning of the book, I did not like. At all. It was confusing, kind of boring, and just been-there-done-that. But as the book progressed I started to like the characters, mainly Jonathan, Nico, and Andie, but also Roz, just a little bit. So the end saved the book from a lower rating, but probably not something I'd read again.
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is so good. It came in handy for my English class, because we're now reading a Shakespeare play, which i was given a hint by from this book. Othello "a black man and a murderer." Also its really interesting because the setting is in a high school, high school lives, and high school issues. but one out of the ordinary, an invented life. this is a must read♥ ...more
May 21, 2009 added it
Absolutely hilarious--with as many twists and turns as the Shakespeare play in which the characters act. The writing is crisp and clever. Really loved this book!
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Eh. I didn't find any of the characters to be sympathetic, I didn't really like any of them, and I'm actually not quite sure why I finished the book. ...more
I found the narrative a little jerky and the made character annoying in that she followed the cliched trope of becoming obessesed by people who treated her badly.
Also although I understand theatre-geeks and their delight in phrasing their language according to the play they are performing the constant use of Shakespearean phraseology followed by 'translation?' into ordinary speech became more that a little irritating.
Stephanie Murray
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a cute book about sisterhood and being yourself. I think it will inspire others to truly have the courage to be who they are and to not hide in the shadows.
Mie Tiu
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The flow of the story was perfect. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to or

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Blurb from Goodreads:
With Roz and Eva everything becomes a contest—who can snag the best role in the school play, have the cutest boyfriend, pull off the craziest prank. Still, they’re as close as sisters can be. Until Eva deletes Roz from her life like so much junk e-mail for no reason that Roz understands. Now Eva hang
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
What would you do for your sister? How far would you go to make sure she was happy and with the person she loved? Sisters Roz and Eva used to be close, until Eva pretty much deleted Roz from her life a few months ago. Roz knows that something is going on with her sister, but doesn't know how to figure out exactly what it is. Dramatic and prone to random acts, Roz dreams of getting the lead in the school play, As You Like It, and maybe stealing Eva's boyfriend. In an attempt to get Eva to open up ...more
Bidisha Das
Oh didn't I just adore this novel. It has to be one of the most open-minded novels written. And I'm not saying so because of the issues embraced and talked about. There are a lot of issue based books out there but what the open-mined aspect of it really comes through because of the characters, I loved them. Every one of them. Even the mean girl. Yes, can you believe that? I didn't start out loving her. I mean, she was a meanie and a bully of sorts but Lauren Bjorkman does such an amazing job wi ...more
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-contemporary, 2010
The description of this book sounds so good. So why did not I like it? I was so excited to read this one, I kept it to be the last one I read from the 3 books I received from Lenore. I really thought that this one would be the best of those three books. But no. I was extremely disappointed with this book. I read it for about 1 month, always putting it back to the shelf and picking up another book. It was just so hard to finish this one.

The reader is introduced to Roz and Eva, sisters who apparen
My Invented Life was a thoroughly enjoyable book to read. The main character's sarcasm and creativeness kept me laughing and wanting to read more. I also love the spelling of the main character's name: Roz. Not a common spelling, but Roz is not a normal girl. She has this unique way of thinking that, really, is how all of us think: she invents one scenario in her head, then backs up and says, "Ha! That didn't really happen," then proceeds to tell reality. I have never seen it occur so many times ...more
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, read-but-unowned
My Invented Life is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," but instead of mistaken genders, we have mistaken sexualities. In case you don't get that similarity right away, the characters are also auditioning and rehearsing for a school showing of the play. Much of the book takes place in the big barn behind the school where the theatre geeks hang out and practice. The characterizations of the drama club crowd are pitch-perfect. The major players range from Eva, popular cheerleader ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3stars
This is fun realistic teen fiction and I enjoyed it. The main character, Roz, is a quirky, funny and somewhat self absorbed girl who is just looking to find her place in her family, with her group of friends, with boys (or girls?) and eventually learns to be comfortable in her own skin.

The book is written in first-person from Roz's perspective so the reader gets full view of her. She's funny and smart and a little bit nosy. Ok, she's a lot nosy, but she always has good intentions. Seeing from he
Dec 06, 2010 rated it liked it
2.5 out of 5 rating

When I read the description of this book, I thought it would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, it just wasn't.

First of all, the characters. The main character--Roz--got on my nerves. Her way of talking and think just got annoying. And enough with her invented life scenarios (yes, I know this is the title of the book, but we got it). While I don't have a younger sister, I think if I did have one, and she was like Roz, we would not be close at all. A lot of the things she sai
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, bisexual
While I suspect some of the humour either went over or under my head (it’s been a while since my high school days), and I have a few issues with the basic premise, My Invented Life was still a fun, crazy read.

While there’s a bit more to their relationship that drives the story, things really begin when Roz becomes convinced her sister is really a closet lesbian, after finding a suspicious book in Eva’s room. When Eva denies being a lesbian, Roz pretends to come out of the closet herself, all in
Loni Flowers
Nov 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure what I would think about this book. What I found was a ton of laughs with Shakespearean insults, drama, geeks and teens questioning their sexuality. Roz was such a funny character and steals most of the spotlight. She goes to extreme lengths and pulls all kinds of stunts to get her sister Eva to admit the secret she thinks she’s hiding. Even though Roz and her sister are completely different, they are extremely competitive with each other and Roz wants nothing more ...more
Nov 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Roz is a character that will not be silenced. She has a personality that rushes into things head first without understanding the consequences. Her kooky attitude shows no restraint in her ‘Invented Life’ or in the real life. She has a good will, one that may be blinded at times by her sense of karma. Her over-exuberance may be her downfall though when the reader thinks that enough is enough yet she still pushes forward.

Eva has a conflicting opinion by me. Either you can understand her or you ju
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Roz and Eva are sister and were friends. They were friends BD (before deletion), Before Eva complete cut Roz out of her life. Roz drools after Eva's boyfriend (not for the first time) and wishes she had her sisters acting talent so she could get the lead in the school play. Roz starts to suspect that there is something going on with Eva that she doesn't want to admit to, so she comes up with a plan to get Eva to spill the beans. Unfortunately the plan backfires, well sort of. It didn't go quite ...more
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
To thine ownself be true!

Roz's sister, Eva, is perfect. So perfect that Roz would quite like to be just like her. The only problem is that Eva is better at everything and the boy Roz likes is Eva's boyfriend.

On a whim, backed up with only the tiniest amount of evidence, Roz decides that Eva might be a lesbian. To help her sister come to terms with this, Roz decides to come out herself - even though she isn't gay, or at least she doesn't think she is.

Throw in theater-geek friends, a new boy, a
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I didn't know what to expect from this book, but it was a nice surprise.

Roz is crazy, but I like her. With a weird personality; she is just another teenager growing up and trying to look for her real self. She definitely needs someone taking care of her, but her parents are very occupied with Eva, the perfect daughter, and she doesn't really have friends. I understand her way of acting, and why its so important for her not to loose Eva's friendship.

When Roz started to have suspicions about
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