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Far from Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters
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Jan 04, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: male, glbt, female, humor, romance, sports

This is very different and more mature than some GLBT books out there and I appreciated its uniqueness. Mike (or Mary Elizabeth which is her given name) is a tough broad-- bulking up and wearing her fathers old clothes and boxers to feel closer to him, after his suicide two years prior-- and because she's more comfortable as a lesbian wearing male clothes and doing male things (lifting weights at a converted VFW, hauling feed at the local Mercantile's for farms, and working with their family's almost-bust plumbing business, not to mention her boy nickname).

I felt a little annoyed with her pining away so much for Xanadu, the exotic transplant who calls everything Toto in the podunk town, because we know Xanadu is a tease who enjoys Mike's company when it works for her, but when she has her eyes on a genteel cowboy who is all about being his trophy, she uses Mike when her emotions are down.

There's also another rich character in Jamie, Mike's gay friend who meets a boy online and meets him and falls in love because finally he has someone to be in love with.

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