Author: Julie Anne Peters
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers;
Reprint edition (May 10, 2011)
In this fresh, poignant novel, 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.
Well written with good character development.
Thank you to Hachette Book Group for my review copy.