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Far from Xanadu (2005)

por Julie Anne Peters

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In this fresh, poignant novel (originally published under the title Far From Xanadu), Mike is struggling to come to terms with her father's suicide and her mother's detachment from the family. Mike (real name: Mary Elizabeth) is gay and likes to pump iron, play softball, and fix plumbing. When a glamorous new girl, Xanadu, arrives in Mike's small Kansas town, Mike falls in love at first sight. Xanadu is everything Mike is not -- cool, confident, feminine, sexy.... straight.

Julie Anne Peters has written a heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful novel that will speak to anyone who has ever fallen in love with someone who can't love them back.

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IIRC, I kind of skipped all the parts about Xanadu. The love story wasn't interesting to me, even though I was totally into Mike. Probably due for a reread at some point. ( )
  caedocyon | Feb 23, 2024 |
I adored this book when I first read it. It touched on so many themes and managed to subvert a lot of tropes. I was really impressed. When Mike debated what to do with her future, I rolled my eyes and muttered away, bossing around a book character. When that happens, it just means I'm really into a book and I really care. I was glad when Mike did what I wanted, although her method of reaching the decision broke my heart. I hated her love interest with a passion, but I wanted Mike to be happy. I laughed when her love interest chanted along with the crowd at her game--you hate baseball and this small town, but look at you, going along with the crowd. I liked Mike's relationship to her older brother, and I remember thinking I wouldn't mind reading a book from his perspective. I thought the mom was kinda--she wasn't really a big character in the book. Sure, Mike worried about her, but it was her -brother- that was close to her mom and handled a lot of the things around her. That really interested me. And the tropes the book played into--they were done right. I'm so glad this book was written. ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 23, 2022 |
Mike lives in a small town in the heart of Kansas; more or less just getting through life. Her dream has always been to be a professional softball player but after her father died (no, killed himself, even if nobody wants to phrase it that way) two years ago, the only thing on her mind is following in his footsteps with the family plumbing company. What else is she going to do? Her mother won't even talk to her, let alone look at her; and her brother screwed the company over right away.

But when a new girl moves into town to live with her great-aunt and great-uncle, Mike's whole world changes. It doesn't take long before she realises she is completely and utterly in love with Xanadu with her beautiful, beautiful face and thirst for adventure and action. It's obvious Xanadu has taken a liking to Mike as well, and they are soon very good friends.

The catch? Xanadu is straight... or at least she thinks so. But Mike knows that if she could just see how good they would be together, she wouldn't be straight at all.

I feel like I'm not regretting reading this one, but I don't really feel like it changed me in any way; I could've done just as well without reading it. I really don't understand why Mike is so head over heels for Xanadu as it is a first sight thing – she barely knows a thing about the girl and she's already madly in love. Honestly, it's a bit off-putting because Mike is more or less obsessed with her which is weird, confusing and kind of creepy. That being said, there's not much to Xanadu that makes me understand why she loves her even mid-through the book.

But maybe it also has to do with the fact that I don't really ever ended up liking Mike either. Well, I liked her at the beginning. She's a buch lesbian who is brave and outspoken and doesn't give two shits about what people think of her. That was such a cool start for her character. But her obsession with Xanadu and her constant shaming of her best friend Jamie quickly made her a character to dislike.

I know, I know. Her irritation with Jamie is much likely caused by internal homophobia. But it is so off-putting to see her constantly shame him for being a stereotypical gay guy; or ”a queer” as she likes to call it. Especially considering she's very much a stereotypical gay girl with her short hair, boyish clothes and a male nickname. It makes it kind of odd to see her constantly put him down like that.

But the book did have a few good points; like loving someone who is straight which is definitely an interesting topic or Mike coping with her father's death and her family falling a part. And honestly, any scene with Jamie was a good moment. I love that boy. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
A coming-of-age novel, this one has a troubled protagonist, Mike (Mary Elizabeth) who is struggling to come to terms with her beloved father’s suicide and completely broken down relations with her mother and brother while being in something of a denial about her own sexuality. Enter glamourous Xanadu, a new girl in her class. Sexy, straight, feminine, bad girl Xanadu. Naturally, Mike is besotted.

This book will resonate with every girl who has fallen for a straight girl. Who has believed that doggedness will turn the straight girl. Who has bought the lie that people want love more than anything else – yes, people want love, but only from a gender of their preference. Love does not transcend gender preference – it is either d*** or chick – rather sadly, but strictly.

Read the full review @https://www.bestlesficreviews.com/2019/01/pretend-you-love-me-far-from-xanadu-by.html ( )
  LesficReviews | Feb 6, 2019 |
Julie Anne Peters is probably my favorite author, so needless to say when I found out I won a book of my choice, I picked this one.

Every book I’ve read by her is even better than the one before it. This one is no different. I devoured it. I just couldn’t get enough and in the end, as always with Julie Anne Peters books, I wanted more.

I have fallen for a lot of straight girls in my life and I know how hard it is. Especially when they do the kind of things that Xanadu does. It’s torture and never ends well. So I know exactly how Mike feels and what she goes through. I have related to characters before, but never like this.

The writing, as usual, is incredible. It is so easy to read, it just flows and pulls you right in. It’s kind of like watching a movie. The characters and the plot are believable and real and I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I needed to know what was going to happen next.

If you’ve never read anything by Julie Anne Peters, what are you waiting for? They are some of the best books I’ve ever read. I need to get more of her books and soon.

Please, I am begging you, pick this book up. You will not regret it. In fact, pick up all of her books. You will love them.

Far From Xanadu now has a new title, Pretend You Love Me, and a new cover. I may have to buy it just for the hell of it. ( )
  TheTreeReader | Dec 28, 2017 |
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Romance. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

In this fresh, poignant novel (originally published under the title Far From Xanadu), Mike is struggling to come to terms with her father's suicide and her mother's detachment from the family. Mike (real name: Mary Elizabeth) is gay and likes to pump iron, play softball, and fix plumbing. When a glamorous new girl, Xanadu, arrives in Mike's small Kansas town, Mike falls in love at first sight. Xanadu is everything Mike is not -- cool, confident, feminine, sexy.... straight.

Julie Anne Peters has written a heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful novel that will speak to anyone who has ever fallen in love with someone who can't love them back.

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