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Marisol Guzman returns in this companion novel to Hard Love, a 2000 Lambda Literary Award winner and a Michael L. Printz Honor Award winner. In the year before starting college, Marisol wants two things: to write a novel and to fall in love. Can she make it happen?


“Marisol remains the character we came to know and love in Hard Love: unflinching, unsentimental, and wickedly funny. She is one of the most realistic lesbian characters ever to appear in a young adult novel, and Love & Lies is one of the best LGBTQ novels yet.”
--K. T. Horning, Worth the Trip

“The emotional morass of Marisol's life, surrounded by high-maintenance friends, caught up in her own desire to find significance through her writing, and haunted by ways she has hurt friends in the past, is complex and realistic; it will draw in both fans of the earlier novel, who will find her narrative voice an intriguing contrast to Gio's masculine one, and realistic-fiction readers seeking a love story with depth.”
--Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

“A wonderful book. Smart, funny, always involving and often moving, this is a young adult novel but more adult in its wisdom than many grown-up tales. I've been recommending it to everyone, regardless of age.”
--Christopher Bram, author of The Notorious Dr. August


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Finalist, Lambda Literary Awards, 2009
Finalist, Ferro-Grumley Award from the Publishing Triangle, 2009
ALA 2009 Rainbow List
Cybils nomination, 2008

Publishing Information

Simon & Schuster, 2008

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