Category Archives: trans

The Other Me

Suzanne van Rooyen, December 2013. Treesa is a shy redhead who spends most of her time obsessing over a sci-fi TV show, including writing slash fanfic involving the male lead, Resa, and another guy of her own invention. When she … 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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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Kirstin Cronn-Mills, October 2012.  Gabe has always known he’s a boy, but his body (female) and his legal name (Elizabeth) say otherwise.  He’s finally come out to his parents and his best friend Paige, but people at school call him … Continue reading

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Nightsiders

Sue Isle, March 2011. Every time I get sick of the indie presses — thinking they just don’t attract quality authors and then don’t have the editorial skill to turn around the mediocre manuscripts they do get — a book … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, australian, drag, dystopia, gaytopia, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, short stories, Sue Isle, trans | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2011, Alex Jeffers, Ann Tonsor Zeddies, asian american, bisexual, Charles Jensen, Danielle Pignataro, Dia Pannes, fantasy, gay male, gay-bashing, gaytopia, high school, Jeffrey Ricker, L.A. Fields, lesbian, Lucas J.W. Johnson, middle eastern, problem novel, prom, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, religion, Rigoberto Gonzalez, romance, Sam Cameron, Sandra McDonald, secondary queer character, short stories, sports, Steve Berman, trans, Will Ludwigsen | Leave a comment

The End: Five Queer Kids Save the World

Nora Olsen, 2010. Just what the title says: when a war breaks out in 2014, five queer teens find one another and conspire to save the planet. There’s a weird framing device where the war is actually caused by an … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, biracial, bisexual, black, dystopia, european, fantasy, gay male, gaytopia, lesbian, Nora Olsen, queer adult, queer protagonist, trans | 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

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

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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