Category Archives: romance


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

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Boy Midflight

Charlie David, 2009.  This first novel feels autobiographical, and while I can understand the urge to fictionalize one’s life and jazz it up somewhat, I think that urge should be resisted.  Boy Midflight illustrates why: most people’s lives simply aren’t … Continue reading

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Hidden Voices: The Orphan Musicians of Venice

Pat Lowery Collins, May 2009.  I read a lot of queer YA fiction, and I confess to growing weary of it sometimes; one can only read so many contemporary realistic gay teen novels, set in high schools and featuring closeted … 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

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Of All the Stupid Things

Alexandra Diaz, 2009.  Diaz’s first novel is told in three voices, with best friends Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie alternating chapters from their POVs.  Tara is a runner prepping for a marathon and sick of her boyfriend Brent. Pinkie is … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, Alexandra Diaz, bisexual, gay male, high school, lesbian, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, secondary queer character, sports, surprise queer character, trans | Leave a comment

How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity

Michael Cart, ed., 2009.  The long break since my last post reflects my difficulty with finishing books of short stories.  I have trouble getting into them; they’re just too short and I don’t have the chance to identify with the … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, Ariel Schrag, asian american, biracial, bisexual, black, college, David Levithan, drag, Emma Donoghue, epistolary, Eric Shanower, fantasy, Francesca Lia Block, gay male, gay-bashing, gaytopia, Gregory Maguire, high school, historical, Jacqueline Woodson, Jennifer Finley Boylan, Julie Anne Peters, lesbian, Margo Lanagan, Michael Cart, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, Ron Koertge, secondary queer character, short stories, trans, Willam Sleator | 2 Comments

Crash Into Me

Albert Borris, July 2009. Owen, Audrey, Jin-Ae and Frank meet online in a chat room about suicide. They form a club of sorts – the Suicide Dogs – and decide to meet up for a tour of famous American gravesites and … Continue reading

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Blue Moon

Alyson Noël, July 2009. In this sequel to Evermore, protagonist Ever is estranged from her friends for much of the book, so we don’t get to spend a lot of time with gay sidekick Miles.  We do know that he … Continue reading

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As You Wish

Jackson Pearce, August 2009.  This light fairytale about falling in love with a jinn, or genie, doesn’t make a lot of sense – but maybe it doesn’t need to.  The story begins after Viola’s boyfriend Lawrence has broken up with … 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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