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{Frenemy of the People: Nora Olsen}Frenemy of the People by Nora Olsen
Published by Bold Strokes Books on May 13, 2014
Genres: LBGTQ, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 264
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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5 Stars



{Synopsis} – Clarissa and Lexie couldn’t be more different. Clarissa is a chirpy, optimistic do-gooder and a top rider on the school’s equestrian team. Lexie is an angry, punk rock activist and the only out lesbian at their school.

When Clarissa declares she’s bi and starts a Gay-Straight Alliance, she unwittingly presses all of Lexie’s buttons, so Lexie makes it her job to cut Clarissa down to size. But Lexie goes too far and finds herself an unwitting participant in Clarissa’s latest crusade. Both are surprised to find their mutual loathing turning to love.

A change in her family’s fortunes begins to unravel Clarissa’s seemingly perfect life, and the girls’ fledgling love is put to the test. Clarissa and Lexie each have what the other needs to save their relationship and the people they love from forces that could tear them all apart.

{My Thoughts} – Clarissa is your average teenage girl. She has a wonderful family, great friends, lives in a big house and owns her own horse. She lives with both her parents and her older sister Desi that has downs syndrome. In the beginning of the book she goes through some things where she decides she no longer wants to take place in equestrian club and she expresses this to her mother. Her mother doesn’t seem real upset about it and says that she thinks its a good idea. However, Clarissa had no idea that she was going to end up losing everything near and dear to her after that point.

Lexie is an openly gay teenage girl that attends the same high school as Clarissa and they are mutual enemies. They have different beliefs and travel in different social circles. However, Lexie is nice to Desi and is also mutual friends with a boy named Robert. Lexi is different from Clarissa on many levels but they do share a common trait. They both seemingly like girls and they both seemingly are attracted to one another.

Clarissa ends up recruiting Lexie to help her sister Desi with the Home Coming Queen Campaign. Her sister really want to be queen and Clarissa wants to try and help that happen for her so she is trying to get as much help with it as she possibly can and since Lexi knows people she figured she’d be a good recruit.

At this point things in Clarrisa’s life begin to spiral out of control. If you’d like to know what happens, please read the book.

This book has so much packed within it’s pages it is impossible for me to write it all out. I will say there is betrayal, there is social issues, drug and alcohol abuse, there is learning to like one another despite their differences, and there is learning to accept change: let it be in yourself or with the things happening throughout your life. I enjoyed reading this book. It was spot on on so many of the issues that teenagers can face while going through High School. I believe that any teenager could benefit from reading this book. Sometimes even the most unlikely individuals within your life can become your closest friends.