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Weird Girl and What's His Name

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Weird Girl and What's His Name

Rory and Lula, both 17 years old, have been best friends for years after discovering their similar passions for all things sci-fi and fantasy. They share their love for “The X-Files” as well as the feeling that they don’t fit into their small town in North Carolina. Between binge-watching “The X-files” every Friday night and working on their own blog together, Lula thinks they tell each other everything. She knows that Rory is gay, and Rory knows about how Lula’s mother left her as a child, only leaving behind a few highlighted acting books. 

Suddenly, though, everything starts to change. Lula starts to think that maybe she has feelings for Rory, who suddenly is growing distant. Rory quickly becomes someone she doesn't recognize, trying out for the football team without telling her and having a secret affair with his divorcée boss. When all of the secrets come out, Lula begins to question everything about herself --- including her own sexual orientation --- and decides to run away in the middle of the night to find her mother, hoping to answer some of the questions running through her head.

WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HER NAME by Meagan Brothers surprised me in the best way possible. The first 100 pages were told by Rory and the last 200 pages by Lula, and I really enjoyed hearing both characters’ voices. The writing style was fun to read and the first person narration made you know and love the characters even more. The only problem I had with the writing was that Lula’s section could be confusing at some points; it would switch back and forth between talking about the journey she took when she ran away and what life was like when she returned home. The switches would happen in the middle of chapters with almost no warning, and I wish that Brothers had written alternate chapters that told the different parts of Lula’s story, instead. However, I did get used to the sudden switches after a few chapters.

Lula became the true star of the novel. Her struggle to find her true identity is relatable to any teenager and accurately portrayed.

The best way to describe the characters in this book is that they jumped off the page. In the beginning, I adored Rory and Lula, but as the book continued, Lula became the true star of the novel. Her struggle to find her true identity is relatable to any teenager and accurately portrayed. Some of her decisions seemed child-like and I couldn't help but yell at her to do something else. Yet at the same time, Lula is impossible not to root for. Rory was also enjoyable to read about, but since he wasn't narrating for most of the story when the plot picked up, I didn't get to connect with him as well.

The plot in WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HIS NAME was not what I originally expected. When I read that Lula runs away, I thought that most of the novel would be about trying to find her. Instead, most of it is focused on repairing relationships and developing characters, which I enjoyed much more than I expected. Still, the plot kept me entertained and surprised me with different twists and turns.

Also, Rory’s and Lula’s love for the TV show “The X-Files” made me want to binge-watch the entire series. The author managed to make the characters passionate about the show while not confusing readers who haven’t seen it. I recommend WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HIS NAME to huge fans of “The X-Files” or anyone who has struggled to figure out their own identity or sexuality. 

Reviewed by Brynn S., Teen Board member on October 15, 2015

Weird Girl and What's His Name
by Meagan Brothers

  • Publication Date: October 13, 2015
  • Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rooms Press
  • ISBN-10: 1941110274
  • ISBN-13: 9781941110270