Orpheus Girl

Orpheus Girl

In her debut novel, award-winning poet Brynne Rebele-Henry re-imagines the Orpheus myth as a love story between two teenage girls who are sent to conversion therapy after being caught together in an intimate moment.

Abandoned by a single mother she never knew, 16-year-old Raya—obsessed with ancient myths—lives with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. For years Raya has been forced to hide her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. When the two are outed, they are sent to Friendly Saviors: a re-education camp meant to “fix” them and make them heterosexual. Upon arrival, Raya vows to assume the mythic role of Orpheus to escape Friendly Saviors, and to return to the world of the living with her love—only becoming more determined after she, Sarah, and Friendly Saviors' other teen residents are subjected to abusive "treatments" by the staff.

In a haunting voice reminiscent of Sylvia Plath, with the contemporary lyricism of David Levithan, Brynne Rebele-Henry weaves a powerful inversion of the Orpheus myth informed by the real-world truths of conversion therapy. Orpheus Girl is a mythic story of dysfunctional families, trauma, first love, heartbreak, and ultimately, the fierce adolescent resilience that has the power to triumph over darkness and ignorance.

CW: There are scenes in this book that depict self-harm, homophobia, transphobia, and violence against LGBTQ characters.

Title:Orpheus Girl
Edition Language:English
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    Orpheus Girl Reviews

  • Kai

    doesn't this cover give you all the We Are Okay feels?? AND it's an f/f romance too. ...

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    This book is a great read! Raya is such a down to earth girl and it's so easy to follow her view. I feel sad for her how she craves to have her mom's love and attention but doesn't receive. Her feelin...

  • Nenia ?? Queen of Villainy ?? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestORPHEUS GIRL is a loose retelling of the Greek Orpheus myth. In it, a girl named Raya is sent to a conversion therapy camp after she is caught...

  • Whitney Atkinson

    2.5 starsThanks to the publisher for an advanced review copy!This cover and the fact that this book is f/f gave me major Nina Lacour vibes, so I’m sad I didn’t enjoy this as much as I wish I would...

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    I didn’t immediately want to write a review for this one because I can’t stand writing 3 star reviews but here we go! Let’s attempt this!Things I liked:-Mythological elements, specifically the O...

  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    I received a DRC of this book from edelweiss in exchange of an honest reviewCW: homophobia, conversion therapy, transphobia, deadnaming, car crash, electroshock therapy, violent homophobic hate speech...

  • Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

    Many thanks to Soho Teen for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Putting this down for now. Right now, I'm trying to stick to lighter books. ----------This sounds like the perfect blend...

  • anna ( of readsrainbow)

    rep: lesbian mc & li, trans side character, gay side character arc provided by the publisher. this is all metaphor & no substance. poets writing novels don't always succeed and unfortunately this is...

  • charlotte, ( of readsrainbow)

    You know, the thing about family is that you can choose it. And I choose you. On my blog. Rep: lesbian mcs, trans side character, gay side characterCWs: homophobia (from family, slurs, telling t...

  • Liv Morris

    In some ways, Orpheus Girl is old school YA. At 176 pages, it doesn’t waste time beating around the bush. It tells you exactly what’s up: Raya’s grandmother, her church, and most of her small T...