Category Archives: religion

The Art of Secrets

James Klise, April 2014.  Sophomore tennis player Saba Khan is devastated when a fire destroys her family’s West Rogers Park apartment.   Saba goes to private school, and the other students and their families rally around her, offering their help … Continue reading

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The Waking Dark

Robin Wasserman, September 2013. In rural Oleander, Kansas, five people suddenly snap and kill someone: a family member, a friend, a stranger. In the aftermath, more and more weird violence occurs, and the town is isolated from the rest of … Continue reading

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If You Could Be Mine

Sara Farizan, August 2013.  Two Iranian teenage girls are in love, and no one can know; homosexuality is a capital offense.  Nasrin and Sahar live double lives, being besties in public but secretly making out when they’re supposed to be … Continue reading

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The Waiting Tree

Lindsay Moynihan, May 2013. Newly eighteen and a high-school dropout, Simon’s life couldn’t get a lot worse. His parents are dead; he lives with his older brother, who hates him for being gay; his twin brother, who’s unable to speak, depends … Continue reading

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Speaking Out: Stories of Overcoming Adversity and Experiencing Life After ‘Coming Out’

Steve Berman, ed., September 2011. This volume of short stories (by multiple authors) includes both typical problem-novel-type coming-out stories and also empowerment stories.  It’s a mixed bag in that sense, and in terms of quality too, which you’d expect when … Continue reading

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The God Box

Reviewed by guest blogger Kaye Moore Alex Sanchez, 2007. Paul is in denial about two major areas of his life: one, that in spite of being named Paul, he is a Spanish-speaking Latino named Pablo, and two, that he is … Continue reading

Posted in 2007, Alex Sanchez, gay male, gay-bashing, guest blogger, high school, latina/o, problem novel, queer protagonist, religion, secondary queer character | 1 Comment

Thinking Straight

Reviewed by guest blogger Kaye Moore Robin Reardon, May 2008. Taylor Adams is an evangelical Christian who is totally down with Jesus Christ.  He is also gay, and completely comfortable with that.  However, since his family and small conservative hometown … Continue reading

Posted in 2008, gay male, guest blogger, problem novel, queer protagonist, religion, Robin Reardon, secondary queer character, sexual violence | 1 Comment

Evil?

Timothy Carter, August 2009.  This hilarious farce tells the story of Stuart, a happily out teen in a small, Canadian, intensely Christian town. Stuart’s parents and peers don’t mind that he’s gay, but all hell breaks loose – sort of … Continue reading

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Angry Management

Chris Crutcher, 2009.  These three novellas are linked by an unnecessary framing device: the main characters in each are attending the same anger management class, and the counselor provides a little bit of commentary and a data sheet on each of … Continue reading

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Tricks

Ellen Hopkins, August 2009.  Hopkins has done the impossible – she’s made me love a novel in verse.  Generally I’m not into this trend; why not just write in prose?  But I fell in love with these characters, and really the … Continue reading

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