Category Archives: prostitution

Panopticon

Jenni Fagan, July 2013.  In this book, the reader is thrown right into the action.  Our narrator is a girl named Anais who may or may not be crazy, but does enough drugs that it’s a moot point most of … Continue reading

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Freakboy

Kristin Elizabeth Clark, October 2013. This novel in verse is told from three points of view: Brendan, the protagonist, is a straight boy who is starting to wish he were a girl.  Vanessa is his girlfriend, who’s stopped hanging out … 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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Money Boy

Paul Yee, September 2011. Ray is a privileged Chinese-Canadian teen who struggles to hide his homosexuality from his family and friends. When his traditional, authoritarian dad checks his browser history and then throws him out of the house, Ray spends five days … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, asian, canadian, gay male, gay-bashing, Paul Yee, problem novel, prostitution, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic | Leave a comment

Brooklyn, Burning

Steve Brezenoff, September 2011. This book has gotten a lot of press for its main gimmick: the protagonist and her/his lover are not identified by gender. It’s intriguing that the book is written that way without being grammatically clumsy; this … Continue reading

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The Way You Say My Name

Sara Bell, June 2009. This book contains the following: a gunpoint confession a nasty eulogy a sassy old lady with a shotgun a dead teenager who (a) writes a will and (b) in it, actually leaves someone a key to … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, bisexual, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, mystery, prom, prostitution, queer adult, queer protagonist, romance, Sara Bell, secondary queer character, sequel, surprise queer character, worst ever! | Leave a comment

Freaks and Revelations

Davida Wills Hurwin, November 2009. This superb, hard-hitting novel is based on the true story of a teenage white supremacist and his confrontation with a runaway turning tricks.  Jason’s born-again mother kicks him out when she finds out he’s gay, so he … 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

Posted in 2009, bisexual, Ellen Hopkins, gay male, lesbian, novel in verse, problem novel, prostitution, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, religion, secondary queer character, sexual violence, surprise queer character, trans | Leave a comment

Punkzilla

Adam Rapp, May 2009.  Fourteen-year-old runaway Jamie, also known as Punkzilla, is on a trip across America, hoping to reach Memphis and his older brother P before P dies of cancer.  P is gay, living with his long-term boyfriend, and … Continue reading

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No Such Thing as the Real World: Stories about Growing Up and Getting a Life

An Na, M.T. Anderson, K.L. Going, Beth Kephart, Chris Lynch, and Jacqueline Woodson, April 2009.   Six stories by six award-winning YA authors, and I can’t decide which I like best.  It’s not Going’s tale of a girl living in her … Continue reading

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