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“M or F?” by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts

08 Feb

TEEN LIBRARIAN'S REVIEW:

Frannie Falconer and Marcus Beauregard are best friends. These "brain twins" are so close they can basically read each other's thoughts and complete each other's sentences. When Frannie starts crushing on Jeffrey Osborne, a progressive, socially conscious classmate, Marcus helps her develop a plan to win Jeffrey over. Thus begins a modern day twist on the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac, where one friend uses another friend's words and ideas to make someone fall in love with them. Here, Marcus IMs Jeffrey night after night, all the while pretending to be Frannie. Jeffrey and Frannie have amazing chemistry online, but when they're hanging out together in person, both find it difficult to connect and have fun. Which only makes sense, since all those wonderful online conversations are actually being conducted by Marcus, not Frannie!

"M or F?" is a fun, frothy, lighthearted story about friendship, falling in love, and the dangers of making assumptions about people. Marcus and Frannie narrate alternate chapters, and both are amusing and entertaining characters. It's particularly nice that Marcus's homosexuality isn't treated like some awful, oppressive issue. It's just who he is, and it very believably complicates the story once Marcus finds himself falling for Jeffrey online. "M or F?" is essentially a comedy of errors, and most readers, from middle school up, will have a fun time watching Marcus, Frannie, and Jeffrey figure out exactly what's going on.

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Posted by on February 8, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

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9 responses to ““M or F?” by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts

  1. Anonymous

    March 28, 2008 at 1:27 am

    M or F

    This book was slow.
    I got confused with who was telling the story.
    Some of the language was wierd.
    And I was grossed out at the end.
    But otherwise, it has a fairly funny story line.

     
    • mel1317

      April 1, 2008 at 8:43 pm

      Re: M or F

      Yeah, I can see how the alternating narrators might be hard to follow at times, leading to some confusion. I’m glad you stuck with the book, even if there were some aspects you didn’t like so much. Hopefully, you’ll absolutely love the next book you pick up. Take a look through the reviews in this blog and see if something else catches your interest. Good luck, and thanks for your comment!

       
    • Anonymous

      December 4, 2009 at 2:46 am

      Re: M or F

      so your afraid of gay people?
      becuase at the end of the book guys kiss
      big woop kid
      this book was amazing
      it was funny and easy to understand
      incase you didnt notice while reading theres little female and male bathroom figures on each chapter letting you know who is talking
      and this book is so FAST! i read half of it in like 4 hours
      i love this book dont hate
      kisses

       
      • mel1317

        December 11, 2009 at 6:03 pm

        Re: M or F

        I 100% agree with your “guys kiss, big woop” line! Thanks for sharing your review.

         
  2. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 4:31 am

    great read

    i enjoyed this book. it was fun and funny. i didnt find it hard to follow at all. !!

     
    • mel1317

      April 24, 2008 at 2:22 pm

      Re: great read

      I’m glad to hear that! I always love receiving comments here and seeing how different people can have radically different opinions on the same book. I really enjoyed “M or F,” and I definitely thought it was funny, too. Thanks for sharing your point of view!

       
  3. Anonymous

    November 16, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Good Book πŸ™‚

    I read this book for my oral in english my friend lent me the book,, i LOVED it,, it was funny, different and good,, but i cant remember where jeffery is from and i need it before monday so if you know please tell me πŸ™‚

    awesome book πŸ™‚

     
    • mel1317

      November 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm

      Re: Good Book πŸ™‚

      Hey, I’m delighted that you got to use this book for a school assignment, and that you adored it as much as I did. To be honest, I read this novel so long ago that I couldn’t possibly tell you where anyone is from. I just remember liking it and laughing and getting a kick from the whole experience. Hope you did well on the assignment, and thanks for writing!

       
  4. mel1317

    March 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Re: πŸ™‚

    Thanks for posting a comment. I hope you liked the rest of the book just as much as the first three chapters!

     

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