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Frannie is desperate to get the attention of her crush, Jeffrey, but too shy to make a move. Frannie's gay best friend, Marcus, advises her to get the ball rolling by chatting with Jeffrey online, but Frannie won't type a word. Marcus takes over at the keyboard, and soon his plan is a success But the more he chats, the more it seems Jeffrey is falling for Marcus, not Frann ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Razorbill (first published October 6th 2005)
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Katie Orenstein Hi, the 'fabulous' is a result of poor advertising copy. If anything, this book does an amazing job of counteracting gay stereotypes, particularly at…moreHi, the 'fabulous' is a result of poor advertising copy. If anything, this book does an amazing job of counteracting gay stereotypes, particularly at a moment in culture when the only non-taboo out gay people were deeply stereotypical (Will and Grace, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.) The sexual politics are forward even for 2017. And there's a trans (minor) character treated with dignity and respect in a YA comedy from 2005, which is pretty great. (less)
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Lauren
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes teen lit and truly unique and fun characters
Shelves: own
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Arielle Walker
I read this a long time ago, but I remember it as being very funny, very sweet and with some nice little plot twists to keep things interesting.
Izzy Ringer
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ir
M or F is about two best best best friends. One film loving gay boy and the other an opinionated shy chick who gets all her clothes in a funky thrift shop. These two amazingly compatible teenagers are cheering for eachother to find 'the one'. Frannie (the girl) thinks she's found Mr. Right. Marcus knows she found Mr. Right, but winds up believing that maybe Frannies Mr. Right was actually his Mr. Right.

While reading this book I made a text-to-text connection between M or F and the book Boy Meet
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Delaney Breen
To be honest, I wasn't positive I was going to like this book, but once I started reading it... I felt like I was being sucked into a black hole. That's how much I liked the book. I couldn't put it down! It's so relatable, humorous, full of drama, and...deep. The main characters are teenagers in high school, but I would recommend this book to anyone because it captures the emotions people go through when finding someone the like...even if it's more than friendship. This book is definitely one of ...more
Kathy
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
M of F tells the story of Frannie and Marcus, she straight, he gay, who are best friends in high school. A modern reworking of Cyrano de Bergerac, the story was just too predictable for my tastes.

The book alternates between Marcus's voice and Frannie's with Ms. Papademetriou writing for Frannie and her friend, Christopher Tebbets writing the Marcus chapters. Big problem there is that Mr. Tebbets' chapters are so much stronger and more interesting. I wanted to just skip over Frannie entirely and
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Amber Voigtlander
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Review
I think it was a good book because it was about two friends thinking Frannie's crush, Jeffery, was gay. Also the reason I thought it was because it taught that you should not judge someone if they're gay or not.

Plot
The book was about how Frannie likes Jeffrey, and Marcus tries to help her on the school website in a private group chat. After a while, they start to hit it off, and Frannie helped Jeffery with the school program. They start to like each other even more than online. Th
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Candido P
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
M or F? follows Fannie the quirky hopeless romantic, who has fallen for (the oh so hottest vegetarian activist) Jeffrey, but is too shy to express her feelings towards him. So Marcus the film junkie, aka her gay best friend decides to help make Jeffrey notice her. Though things don’t go as plan when Marcus secretly starts developing feelings for Jeffrey.

Last night I finished reading M or F? when I should have been doing my 4 page paper(I regret nothing). I was halfway through the book and I need
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Christian
This is a rather enjoyable adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. Girl likes Boy. Girl sees Boy in the high school chat room as he's trying to recruit volunteers for a service project. Girl gets nervous and has Gay Best Friend do the typing in the chat room for her. Comedy and High School Drama ensue from there. There are some fun twists here and there leading up to the final resolution.

Admittedly, I was a bit hesitant about picking up the book at first because it has two authors who alternate chapte
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Alex Murphy
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given the size of the book, figured I'd probably spend some time over two days (or maybe three if I read slowly) going through this.

I spent a couple of hours ripping through it and finished it the day I started. A little slow to initially start up, it really started to pick up some steam as we came to know (and love) Marcus and Frannie, the two protagonists (and best friends). With only one area where it slowed down, the book was what I'd call a rip-roaring good time, despite my hesitancy to eve
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Maximilian
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing about this book is that the summary can be really misleading.
I mean, the summary isn't very...accurate, that might not be the best word to use. It's true that the book makes you laugh, and it is fast paced, so I would definitly recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh and, be a little surprised.

So here's MY summary of M orF?:

Frannie is a somewhat shy, fashionista, who follows her own trends.
She falls for Jeffrey, a gorgeous, sensitive, and politically aware Sophmore, but she's
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Cara Marie
Jul 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty entertaining romantic comedy sort of book - Hera had told me to read it, but I only just got round to it. Light-hearted YA gay lit. I enjoyed the friendship between brain twins Frannie and Marcus and how they both fell for the same guy - and nice that neither of them actually ended up with him. They were pretty snarky characters. I liked best things like - Frannie line-dancing! Marcus's job at the ice cream parlour! But mostly line-dancing! It was plenty amusing, and if maybe e ...more
↬ Sarah ↫
Ok the best thing about this book is like oh yea i can predict the unexpected twist but thEN ITS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU THOUGHT AND YOUR MIND LIKE EXPLODES! But overall this book was incredible and I loved it. The plot was unique, the characters were real, the imagery was vivid. The romance was beautiful, the story was phenomenal, i could not have been more pleased with this book. It's a must read, definitely go check it out <3
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
This book was really funny! I was literally laughing or giggling aloud in every chapter. It took me about a day to read, mostly because I wanted to see what over-the-top event would happen next. I did think the who-was-gay-and-who-was-not thing was a little unbelievable, but it made for a fun story so who cares. It was kind of like Cyrano de Bergerac crossed with a Shakespearean mix-up!
Krista
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a cute, fun read. I enjoyed getting to see both Frannie and Marcus' view points. They were both great characters with a wonderful friendship. The book wasn't super special but it was great and all of the characters were great!
3.5/5
Jessy
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. there were so many unexpected twists and i found myself blushing at the funny embarrassing parts. I also loved the ending. I would read this over and over again, and someday i'll get it myself from the bookstore.
Tyler
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book M or F, there are two best friends who are in high school, who both end up crushing on the same guy. One is Frannie, a girl who’s parents have quite a bit of money, and Marcus, a boy who’s family is little haphazard. Frannie crushes on a guy is her high school. The boy who wants to save the planet and is vegetarian. Of course, Marcus ends up crushing on him. This all started because Frannie couldn’t talk to her crush on her own, so she got Marcus to do it for her. I loved the way the ...more
Stacy
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

Frannie and Marcus have been best friends since they met on the first day of high school. When Frannie confesses to Marcus that she has a huge crush on Jeffrey, one of the boys at their school, Marcus encourages Frannie to go for it. Frannie is unsure what to say, so Marcus helps her chat with Jeffrey online. Eventually, Marcus starts chatting to Jeffrey as Frannie without her knowing, and he begins to wonder if Jeffrey is actual
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Katie Meyer-Reed
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
89%

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Surprisingly funny and original. Made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions. Gotta admit, it was really nice to read about a friendship between a straight girl and a gay boy that didn't fit the GBF mold. He wasn't her sidekick/stylist/pet. They were friends, and their friendship was mutually supportive and healthy (for the most part).
I liked that Jock Glenn ended up being gay and Intellectual/Social Justice Dude Jeffrey was straight. The romance aspects were sweet and it was
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Jesus
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
M or F? Is mainly about a girl named Frannie who likes this guy named Marcus. Marcus Is a gay and Frannie went to talk to him one day and she was well surprised. M or F? is really fun and enjoyable read very recommended to teens in high school.
Selena
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book for a very long time and I was not disappointed.
Louise
Actual rating: 2.5
Raine Radke
LOOL that ending.
Louise
When I was looking for books read for this month, I originally thought that M or F? was about gender identity. So when I read the book's summary I was pleasantly surprised to find that that wasn't the case at all (not that I have anything against books that deal with transgender issues; I still have yet to read any) and decided to give it a go, since it sounded pretty interesting. Boy, am I glad that I gave this a go because I really, really, really enjoyed this book. Like, a lot.

M or F? is the
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Rabiah
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M or F? is an amazingly funny book which involves mixups, laugh-out-loud humor, and the main question, who likes who? Marcus and Frannie are best friends, but could they have a fallout over one guy?

I really loved the aspect of this book. I was hooked once I read the blurb at the back, and I was waiting for the answer to the whole dilemma. Through several mixups and a HUGE mistake with an interesting twist, this book was hilariously well-written. The characters were so realistic, with the ups and
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Hailey
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard for me to really pin down how I feel about this book. I definitely enjoyed it as a fun, light read, but I might like the idea more than the execution. There are lessons to learn from the mistakes the characters make and the things they get right, all while being entertaining along the way.

The author spends a lot of time building up how much Frannie likes her crush and mentioning but not showing much of how Marcus is also developing feelings for him. There are brief online chats between
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Anna
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In M or F? by Lisa Papademetrio and Chris Tebbetts, Frannie lets her best friend Marcus in on her deepest secret... She has a crush on Jeffrey Osborne. When Frannie refuses to approach him in school, Marcus suggests that she use the school's online chat room to talk to him. Frannie agrees, but is too scared to do any of the talking herself, so she asks Marcus to help her. Frannie and Jeffrey quickly become friends, and even talk outside of the school's online chat room. Everything is going well ...more
Mercedes
I picked up this book mostly because of its Cyrano de Bergerac-esque plot, but in general I was dissapointed. I suppose what I wanted was something more clever. However, I must admit, I liked the ending in spite of myself.
Hollowspine
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Jessica
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have a hard time deciphering my emotions about this book.

I'll just tell you the plot first. It's a modern day twist on the Cyrano de Bergerac Frannie is a high school student who has a crush on a vegetarian humanitarian, all around good guy, Jeffrey. Her friend Marcus suggests to try to talk to him through a school chatroom online, only Frannie can never find the words to say. Marcus gives her advice on what to say, and in the process of this online flirting, he finds himself starting to fall
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Logan Hughes
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-ya
Fun comedy romp with a gay male/straight female best friend team, some sexuality-undetermined male love interests, an IM-based Cyrano plot, and wacky hijinks.

This neon orange book caught my eye in the YA section when I was looking to see if there were any new Alice books, read the first chapter, bought it, stayed up late to keep reading and then finished it when I woke up. So, I guess I liked it! I'm not sure how much it would stand up to re-reading, since part of what impressed me about it was
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Bestselling author Lisa Papademetriou is the author of the 'Confectionately Yours' series, 'Middle School: Big, Fat Liar' and 'Homeroom Diaries' (both with James Patterson), and many other novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Her books have appeared on the Bank Street Best Books of the Year list, the NYPL Books for the Teen Age, and the Texas Lone Star Reading List, among others. A for ...more
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