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Love & Lies: Marisol's Story

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Marisol Guzman from Hard Love is older and wiser. She has graduated from high school and deferred Stanford for a year so she can pursue her newest dream, writing a novel. She has taken an apartment in Somerville with her best friend Birdie, a waitressing job at the legendary Mug in Cambridge, and signed up for "How To Write Your First Novel" at the adult learning annex.

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published July 8th 2008)
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Kasia
May 21, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, lbgtq

There were a lot of things I really liked about this book... I liked the setting and the tertiary characters and the way Marisol talked about books writing. It was good to read something that fleshed out her character more than what we saw in Hard Love. This would have gotten at least 3 stars from me if it hadn't relied on my least favorite romance cliche... (SPOILER ALERT!!!) the love triangle that is easily solved by one of the love interests turning out to be a horrible person. This is so ove
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

In HARD LOVE, the reader got to meet Gio. Gio fell in love with Marisol Guzman, to no avail. Not that Marisol didn't like Gio, maybe even love him. But not in that way. For Marisol likes girls. Now, Ellen Wittlinger gives the reader a chance to get inside Marisol's head. This is Marisol's story.

Marisol has decided to defer Stanford for a year. She's got the idea that she's going to write a novel. And she can't do that if she's worrying about her schoolwork
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Aaron
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Fan's of Wittlinger's Hard Love will be thrilled to know that she has continued the tale of Marisol and Gio in this recent publication. The focus has shifted from Gio as Marisol becomes the narrator. Marisol has now graduated from high school and is taking a year off from college to write a novel.

While she has opted to still live in Cambridge, Marisol has decided to move out of her parent's house and live with her good friend, Birdie. He is a slightly hyperactive guy who has been her friend s
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Arminzerella
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Sadaya Butler
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This book is about a girl name Marisol. She lives in Cambridge. Marisol wants to write a novel, that's the only reason why shes not attending college yet. Marisol meets Lee. Both of them start to become good friends. Lee is only one year younger than Marisol. Since Marisol wants to become a writer she takes a writers class. That when she meets Olivia. Marisol and Olivia starts to fall in "love". But their love doesn't turn out so good when Marisol says one lie to Olivia, and Lee ends up getting
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Shaya
So, I was really impressed by Hard Love but Love and Lies isn't quite as good.

Things I liked about it:
1) I like Marisol as a character
2) It's set in Cambridge and I recognized many of the places and the band Girlyman (that was exciting to see the name of one of my favorite bands in print!)
3) I liked having Gio as a secondary character. It was interesting having Marisol as the main character and Gio as the secondary instead of the way around. And he understood her well.
4) I liked the creative,
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P.
Jul 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yyay
I think a lot of people, including myself, can relate to falling for someone who, upon reflection, was a major asshole. But somehow at the time, the assholery was charming. I think Wittlinger does a good job depicting this particular situation.

I take issue with calling this a "companion" novel. It's really a sequel. Is that a new code word for sequel?
bjneary
I just read Hard Love this summer as part of a twitter chat (#yearofya - topic books of the 80s & 90s) and was so happy Wittlinger wrote this follow-up as part of Marisol's story. Marisol is out and proud, has taken a year off to make money for Stanford and she wants to write a book. She meets Gio at her creative writing class and even though it is awkward (he proclaimed his love for her & she spurned him) they keep trying the friendship avenue. Gio is now seeing Diana (Marisol likes her ...more
Jeff
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sequel or continuation of the book HARD LOVE. This one is a winner and more than stands on it's own. It is just more enjoyable if you have read the other book first.

I usually try to stay away from books that are Series or have sequels. Usually worrying about the varying degrees of quality and not wanting to be locked in and having to read the whole series to get closure and satisfaction.

I at times get suckered or go in knowing full well what I am getting into and deciding with the first is th
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Joanna
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was filled with passion and love. It was very well written with lots of discription. The way Marisol felt for Olivia was like a feeling that has been felt before over all the book had many emotions which is a very good things to have in order to have the reader taken in by it.
This book also had somethings that weren't like the best. I honestly wished that we had more of the charters lives/stories/back round about them because i mean it will probably gives an idea why the charters wer
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Michelle
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like Marisol very much, but felt that most every plot element was totally unrealistic. One thing that really bothered me was that when she loses her virginity, it's kind of an emotional non-event, despite the fact she has so little sexual experience. Some of her thoughts felt like they were in mom-speak, not the voice of an 18 year old, though the actual dialogue was pretty good. The denouement felt totally unsatisfying and contrived, though I did like how the story ended.
Emily
Sep 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best full of gay people
Daniel Weir
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed Hard Love and its central characters, Gio and Marisol, reading Marisol's story was a good second helping from Wittlinger. Although the plot was in some ways predictable, Wittlinger made the story work. Like Hard Love, Love & Lies accepts, even celebrates, the ambiguity of late adolescent relationships. Don't look for an unambiguous happy ending. Life and this story aren't like that.
Cristy
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I kind of hated this book because of how unhealthy Marisol and Olivia's relationship is. Even though the age difference turns out not to be that large, I still felt creeped out by the actual age difference and how Olivia takes advantage of Marisol. While I sympathized with Marisol's struggles throughout the course of the relationship, I also had a hard time believing she could be so naive that she doesn't question any of Olivia's controlling and honestly borderline (if not outright) abusive beha ...more
LARRY
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:

Love is a funny thing, isn't it?

Marisol Guzman is a young woman taking a year off from Stanford in order to write a novel and to find love.

Marisol was hoping to find peace and comfort in her apartment in order to concentrate on writing her first novel. However, she doesn't get her wish. Her gay roommate, Birdie, who is her childhood best friend, has fallen head over heels over a man and asked him to move in without consulting with her first. In addition, wh
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Morrigan
Fast and uncomplicated read

Love & Lies is the story of Marisol, a spunky, funny lesbian girl from Massachusetts who just graduated from high school. She defers Stanford for one year to accomplish two goals: write a novel and fall in love. She and her gay best friend Birdie, move into an apartment in Cambridge. Living with your best friend is not easy, especially when he has the tendency to pick up strays of all species, human included. Enter Damon, Birdie's crush who just moved in and Mariso
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Bonnie
While reading this book, it made me remember how much I enjoyed Hard Love... in fact, I was surprised at how deeply I felt about Marisol and John/Gio. I did a little squeal of joy when Gio showed up in Marisol's writing class, and seeing the way that his life has changed in the months between books, I felt relieved... so I suppose that speaks to Ellen Wittlinger's ability to create characters that stay with you and that you care for.

On that same note, I spent a lot of this book wanting to shake
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Becky
Nov 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: This one is a companion to Hard Love, a novel which earned a Printz Honor.

I've not read Hard Love. Perhaps if I had, my opinion of Love & Lies would be slightly different. But perhaps it's best not to come into it with any preconceived notions of the characters and the style.

Marisol is recently graduated from high school and taking a year off before attending college. She has big plans--big plans she says--to write a novel and to fall in love. Yes, Marisol is looking for the right woma
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Lindy
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqi, usa, young-adult
Love & Lies (2008) is the sequel to Hard Love, which was published in 1999. In Hard Love, sixteen-year-old John deals with his broken family life by writing a zine and falls in love with another writer, Marisol, who is a lesbian. Love & Lies starts four months after the first book ended and picks up Marisol's story. It isn't necessary to have read the first book to enjoy the second, but the first one is really too good to miss.

The second one is also too good to miss. It's the kind of boo
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Shay
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read Hard Love several times over the course of a couple years before I discovered this spin off. Because Marisol Guzman was my favorite character in Hard Love, I was delighted and immediately ordered the book. I think Wittlinger has a good sense for her readers wants because I imagine a lot of the people reading Hard Love were reading it for the LGBT components. It only makes sense to write a follow up from the POV of the main lesbian character.

I'll admit this book is very predictable and sim
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Gabi
Jul 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Judy Blume fans, angsty teens, escapist readers, baby dykes
In "Hard Love," the companion novel to this one, Gio falls hard for his friend Marisol, a lesbian who is therefore never going to be able to love him back.

In "Love and Lies," Marisol wants so badly to fall in love that she falls for her writing teacher, an impossibly beautiful, irresistible woman who does in fact turn out to be to good to be true. Thankfully, though, she now has Gio as a friend on her side, along some other quirky characters to keep her in line.

Although I'm not usually a fan of
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Charlisa-isb
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Annie
Jan 03, 2009 marked it as dumped  ·  review of another edition
Today I officially give up on "Love & Lies." I found "Hard Love" very compelling when I read it in my YA lit class, but it ends a little messily. This sequel was a great way to tie up loose ends from the last book and bring a little catharsis. However, catharsis came early, and after that I lost interest. Marisol's path to self-destruction is clear and straight, and she's not giving up much of a struggle. I can see how this is going to end: with her heart broken by the manipulative teacher, ...more
Shannon
Apr 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction, lgbt
I might not have hated this if I had read it instead of listened. The narration was terrible. Most of the characters (whom were all in their teens and early twenties) were voiced as if they were 45 years old. And haughty in a Thurston-Howell way.


The main character was mostly unbearable, and way too pretentious. I don't know how I've managed to pick up so many books with characters that think so highly of themselves and with so many people falling at their feet to tell them how terrific they are
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Teen
Review: [sequel to Hard Love:] Marisol is taking the year after high school off, but she has given herself two assignments: she will write her first novel & she will fall in love. Marisol finds two birds in the bush when she falls in love with her elegant, inspirational and seemingly competent writing teacher, Olivia. Talk about the Teacher’s Pet! Unfortunately Marisol’s real chance for love is a fellow gay teen, Lee from Indiana. Thank heavens, Gio, Marisol’s friend from “Hard Love” is ther ...more
Loryn
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun, sad-ending, 2012
This one was interesting to me for a few reasons. I liked how most of it was about writing a book. it was really neat that the author included so many famous quotes that are really inspirational!! What's her face, Olivia drove me bananas! Dislike time s 100. I think that the lying thing Bothered me a lot. Secondly, it was an interesting read because the main character is a lesbian... But written simply as a teen looking for love. No graphic scenes to be found. It makes me contimplate how hard th ...more
Lizzy
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl name Marisol. Shes eight-ten, and she lives in Cambridge. Marisol wants ro write a novel, thats the only reason why shes not attending college yet. Marisol meets Lee. Both of them start to become good friends. Lee is only one year younger than Mariso. Since Marisol wants to become a writer she takes a writers class. That when she meets Olivia. Marisol and Olivia starts to fall in "love". But their love doesnt turn out so good when Marisol says one lie to Olivia, and Lee ...more
Timaj
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jenna
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia, young-adult
A very quick read that felt sincere in some parts, and forced in others. The emotion was right, but it was a sort of in between novel that didn't really go far, except emotionally. If it had been longer, perhaps I'd have enjoyed it more, or I could have become annoyed with the added drama. I did enjoy the ending(view spoiler) ...more
Beth
Marisol’s deferred her Stanford University admission for a year while she writes a novel. She is living in an apartment with Birdie, her best friend forever. She is ready for experiences, for her novel, and romance. She falls for her writing teacher, Olivia, while Lee, a young girl from the middle west is falling for her. Marisol is about to learn lessons about acceptance, controlling, and love. A good read, has some reference to sex. I thought some of the characters were stereo typed, like Bird ...more
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Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of 15 young adult novels including Parrotfish, Heart on My Sleeve, Love & Lies: Marisol's Story, Razzle, What's in a Name, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book, a Lambda Literary Award winner, and a Booklist Editors' Choice). She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and ...more
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