Category Archives: high school

Crossing Lines

Paul Volponi, 2011. Adonis (yes) is a football player whose only interests are the next big game, getting the hot girl, and bonding with his teammates over burgers and bigotry. When new kid Alan dares to not only be openly … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, drag, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, Paul Volponi, problem novel, realistic, secondary queer character | 1 Comment

Poor Rich

Jean Blasiar, 2010.  It’s challenging to review these books from small presses.  I want to encourage indie publishing (NOT self-publishing!) and give tiny presses and new authors a chance, but it’s really difficult to overlook poor copyediting and, well, poor … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, gay male, high school, Jean Blasiar, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, realistic, secondary queer character | Leave a comment

Love Drugged

James Klise, September 2010.  Jamie knows he’s gay, and part of him wants to embrace it, but when he sees all the homophobia happening in the world – and at his school – he doesn’t want to come out of … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, fantasy, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, James Klise, latina/o, problem novel, queer protagonist | Leave a comment

Jumpstart the World

Catherine Ryan Hyde, October 2010. Hurrah for the recent spate of high-quality books about trans kids!  I really liked Almost Perfect and I Am J, but both fell apart at the end; the former got too melodramatic and the latter … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, Catherine Ryan Hyde, drag, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, lesbian, problem novel, queer adult, realistic, secondary queer character, surprise queer character, trans | 8 Comments

Skinny

Ibi Kaslik, 2004. Narrated in alternate chapters by sisters Giselle and Holly, Kaslik’s book is more than just another anorexia problem novel.  The author explores what it means to be a sister – the affection, the worry, the competition – … Continue reading

Posted in 2004, bisexual, college, high school, Ibi Kaslik, passing mentions, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, sports | Leave a comment

I Am J

Cris Beam, March 2011. Beam wrote the excellent Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers, a nonfiction look at MTF kids in LA.  I couldn’t put that one down, so was delighted to hear about Beam’s foray … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, black, Cris Beam, drag, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, latina/o, lesbian, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, trans | 2 Comments

Vintage

Reviewed by guest blogger Jill Maddox Steve Berman, 2007. I don’t normally read horror stories, but after meeting Steve Berman at Dragon Con in 2009, I decided to give this book a try. I have always been sensitive to anything remotely … Continue reading

Posted in 2007, gay male, guest blogger, high school, romance, Steve Berman | Leave a comment

Sprout

Dale Peck, 2009.  Sprout Bradford is a gay teenager with green hair, an alcoholic dad, and a trailer for a home, all smack in the middle of Kansas.  He’s fairly well accepted at school, maybe because he owns all his … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, Dale Peck, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic | 1 Comment

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

The Mariposa Club

Reviewed by guest blogger Jonathan Drescher Rigoberto González, April 2009.  Meet the Fierce Foursome – Maui, Trini, Isaac, and Liberace – the founding members of The Mariposa Club.  To memorialize their final year in high school, the boys set out … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, gay male, gay-bashing, guest blogger, high school, latina/o, queer protagonist, realistic, Rigoberto Gonzalez | Leave a comment