Guy in Real Life

Guy in Real Life

by Steve Brezenoff


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From the acclaimed author of Brooklyn, Burning comes Guy in Real Life, an achingly real and profoundly moving love story about two teens that National Book Award–finalist Sara Zarr has called "wholly original and instantly classic."

It is Labor Day weekend in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and boy and girl collide on a dark street at two thirty in the morning: Lesh, who wears black, listens to metal, and plays MMOs; Svetlana, who embroiders her skirts, listens to Björk and Berlioz, and dungeon masters her own RPG. They should pick themselves up, continue on their way, and never talk to each other again.

But they don't.

This is a story of the roles we all play—at school, at home, online, and with our friends—and the one person who might be able to show us who we are underneath it all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062266842
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 595,830
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Steve Brezenoff is the author of the young adult novels The Absolute Value of -1, which won the IPPY Gold Medal for young adult fiction, and Brooklyn, Burning, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, was a Best Fiction for Young Adults selection by the American Library Association, and won the ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal for young adult fiction. Born on Long Island, Steve now lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Beth, and their son and daughter, Sam and Etta. His main is a Blood Elf monk, but he's been known to run a Night Elf priest from time to time.

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Guy in Real Life 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
For those readers familiar with Brezenoff’s earlier YA novel *Brooklyn, Burning*, this one might come as a bit of a surprise. Much lighter in tone than *B,B*, *Guy In Real Life* (or G.I.R.L.) tells the story of a goth guy and a quirky gamer gal who meet cute and experience all of the awkward charm of adolescent romance. Set in St. Paul, MN, the story is co-narrated by Lesh, a sophomore, and Svetlana (or Lana), a sophisticated senior. They couldn’t be more different if they tried, yet despite their mutual reluctance, they are drawn to each other. Their courtship is quite chaste by YA lit standards, but Brezenoff captures well the chemistry between his two protagonists. Lesh struggles with some identity issues (the novel’s title refers to his masquerade as a female elf named Svvetlana in an MMORPG) and he is torn between his desire to be Svetlana and his desire to be with her, but this is by no means a novel about queered genders, which is one of the primary themes of *Brooklyn, Burning.* It’s really just a simple and charming romance spiced up by dashes of teen angst and melodrama.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
super cute and readable. the video game parts were kinda boring but it does contribute to the plot. the characters are well written and overall a creative story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
During a week's worth of reading, I skimmed the gaming parts where Lesh played Svvetlana in the game. I missed too much, and I thought throughout the book that Fry sent Svetlana the flowers, since he had "kissed her in the rain" and I hadn't caught the part with Stebbins and Lesh (aka Svvetlana, two v's). Overall, I'm either a drab reader or the author should've caught my attention more during Lesh's game. Five stars.
DahlELama More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun, interesting, thought-provoking read, and definitely a departure from other contemp YA romances I've read! Lesh is a brand-new gamer, just discovering MMORPGs, and both the joy of online communities and the tempting ability to step into someone else's shoes for a while that come along with it. Meanwhile, Svetlana is a dungeon master, craftsman extraordinaire with crazy amounts of artistic talent and her own gaming community in the form of a school club that can't seem to get it together. Watching them surprise themselves by coming to embrace the other in well-handled alternating POVs is fun and sweet and magical in its own right, particularly after their rocky start and the unginorable fact that neither is quite what what the other thought (s)he'd want in a partner. But the real magic of G.I.R.L. is in the gaming world, from Brezenoff's clever deconstruction of what it's like to be a gamer as a girl (and the total creep factors that come into play) to the inherent self-ID confusion that often comes along with immersing yourself so deeply in another being. As someone whose games of choice have always been RPGs (though single-player ones, because I'm a completely incompetent gamer), there was so much added joy in reading this and feeling my fingers get all itchy to jump on a computer. I couldn't say how this translates to either more serious gamers or those with no gaming experience at all, but I know I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So disappointed. The description of this book had me beyond excited- John Green, Rainbow Rowell... what could go wrong? A lot. I just could not enjoy this book the way that I had hoped. The chapters set in the video game world were drug out and in my opinion, pretty pointless for the most part. I found myself skimming most of them. And the characters just weren't very realistic. I just felt like this book tried too hard to be like the books it was compared to and didn't even come close.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a contest to see who my bf will be. For a q & a session go to prom date res 3. To make your desicion go to prom date res 4. Thank you. And may the odds be ever in your favor!!!!!!