Far from Xanadu

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 282 pages
29 Reviews
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.

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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It was VERY well written, and easy to read. - Goodreads
The ending was kind of vague, too. - Goodreads
The writing, as usual, is incredible. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Fin - Goodreads

I'm giving this book four stars because the main character, Mighty Mike Szabo, is just a great character. Mike or Mary-Elizabeth is a small town girl trying to deal with her father's suicide two years ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

When I first started to read this book, I was confused. I thought Mike was a guy and Jamie (her best friend) was a girl. After I cleared that up, everything was good! The moment Mike sees Xanadu in ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Julie Anne Peters is the critically acclaimed author of Keeping You a Secret, Between Mom and Jo, Define "Normal," and Luna, a National Book Award Finalist.

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