Category Archives: sports

Play Me, I’m Yours

Madison Parker, April 2013.  Lucas is seventeen and knows he’s gay, but isn’t really comfortable telling anyone about it. As he inches out of the closet, he starts making good friends for the first time: fun and supportive Trish; straight … Continue reading

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Bi-Normal

M.G. Higgins, July 2013. Brett is a sixteen-year-old football player with problems.  His mom is dead, and his little sister drives him crazy, and his hot girlfriend Jillia isn’t ready for sex.  Still, no problem Brett’s got is as bad … Continue reading

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Truth & Dare: 20 Tales of Heartbreak and Happiness

Liz Miles, ed., 2011. These twenty stories, written by some of YA’s shining lights, form one of the most consistently strong anthologies I’ve ever read in any genre. The best is probably Ellen Wittlinger’s “Rules for Love and Death,” about … 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 Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Kidnapped

Yxta Maya Murray, 2010. Fifteen-year-old Michelle straddles two worlds – her comfortable foster home with a doctor for her guardian, and her old life as Princess P in a family of gangsters. Now Michelle is applying to private school and … Continue reading

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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

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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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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

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A Really Nice Prom Mess

Brian Sloan, February 2008. I’m a sucker for books and movies that happen all in one night; Dazed and Confused and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist come to mind. Screenwriter Sloan’s first novel is in the same vein: high school … Continue reading

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David Inside Out

Lee Bantle, May 2009. Protagonist David is mostly in the closet, but sometimes he peeks out a bit. He experiments sexually with hot jock Sean, wishing he were his boyfriend, but Sean can’t come out to the rest of the … Continue reading

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