Phenomenal! Once again Julie Anne Peters had managed to create an amazing book that doesn't just speak to lesbians but to females of all ages. Peters's latest book, grl2grl is comprised of 10 short stories:
Passengers is a story about two girls who go to the same school for the past five years and never speak to one another. The only contact they make is a 20-second stare-down everyday on the train. Tamlyn is popular and into the latest trends; Andrea is the exact opposite. There are so many places Peters could have taken this story, but I don't think any of them would have ended up being quite as good as this one.
To go or not to go is the main theme of Can't Stop the Feeling. Mariah desperately wants to go to her GSA but taking that first step and actually going in is the hardest part. She makes up a plan with an excuse just so she can walk in and walk back out if she wants.
After Alex amused me and reminded me of so many people I knew. Getting over a first love is hard, but it's made even harder when they're the person to whom you first made love. Rachel defines her life by three eras: Before Alex, During Alex and After Alex. They'd had their good and bad times together, but after they break up Rachel is thrown on a rollercoaster ride when she receives a note from Alex asking her to come back.
When reading the next story, I assumed Logan is a girl's name considering the title of the book is grl2grl but other than a name there is no description of Logan, who is the narrator of this very short story. I actually wasn't too fond of this story, but it's short and sweet and has a nice ending. Logan wants to send a card to her crush but is careful in deciding what to write inside and outside.
On The Floor seems like a pretty normal story about a basketball. It starts off as basketball but ends up being something totally different but so similar at the same time. I was very excited to see a story about basketball but as I read it I got somewhat disappointed and then WHAM! The story really grabbed me.
Stone Cold Butch was just so amazing. I finished it and just sat there; almost in tears, frozen and somewhat shocked about how moving it was. I was also completely grossed out, freaked out and completely disgusted. Taunia has asked Cam out several times. Cam refuses to go out with her. She doesn't understand why anyone can love a girl like her. Especially after she shaves her head bald. Cam has been ruined by the person who was supposed to treat her right and now Cam is broken, bruised and doesn't accept love.
Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder poses a question I'd never thought about; if sex is suppose to wait until marriage, what are lesbians and gay guys suppose to do in places they can't get married? When will they be able to have sex? I loved this short story just because of the thought-provoking question I had never thought of before.
grl2grl seemed like a book just for lesbians and girls but there is the story Boi. It's about a female to male transgender boy Vince, who has been waiting for what seems like forever to get a penis. He finally persuades his male cousin to go into a sex shop and buy one for him. It's Vince's prized possession and makes him feel more whole then he's ever felt until it is ripped away from him. This story made me think of all the little things I take for granted like being born in the correct body with two breasts and a vagina and how lucky I am. It put me in a transgender person's body and how something that seems simple to me like a penis can mean so much to them.
TIAD is a story all about the Internet, breaking up, and moving on. I enjoyed the story but was and still am totally confused by it. I think I understand the ending but I'm not quite sure because it can be analyzed in many ways. For that reason alone I didn't like this story. The writing was great, the characters were real but it made me feel like an idiot for being so confused. Scar_Tissu has been dumped by Dylan. She feels like she can't keep on living so she reaches out to an online community where Black_Venus steps in and whisks Scar_Tissu off her feet.
Two Part Invention is all about music. Julie pulls off using pizzicato, chord and other musical terminology like a professional. The drive up to music camp is a long one for Kat, who is worried that Annika will no longer be the person she left there last year but a new one who is dating a boy named Bryce. Kat goes over all her memories in her head, all the songs they played and how well they played together wondering if their beauty and grace is enough to keep Annika and Bryce apart.
Of course Julie Anne Peters has done another fantastic job. grl2grl was well worth the wait and anticipation. If you don't read this book solely because it's written by Peters, then read it because it's incredible.