Category Archives: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Saenz, 2012. Saenz’s Last Night I Sang to the Monster was the best YA novel I’ve read in a long, long time, so I had perhaps unrealistically high hopes for his latest.  The verdict? It’s no Monster, but … Continue reading

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He Forgot to Say Goodbye

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, 2008.  Sáenz is my favorite author discovery since the advent of QueerYA. I loved, and raved about, his latest, and this one was almost as good.  In fact, since this one didn’t have much of a plot, … Continue reading

Posted in 2008, Benjamin Alire Saenz, black, gay male, gay-bashing, latina/o, passing mentions, problem novel, realistic, secondary queer character | 1 Comment

Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, September 2009. This powerful first-person narrative is set in a rehab center, where eighteen-year-old Zach has woken up with no memories of how he got there. It’s clear that he and his father are alcoholics and that his … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, Benjamin Alire Saenz, best ever!, black, gay male, gaytopia, latina/o, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, sexual violence | 5 Comments