Category Archives: sexual violence

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

Posted in 2013, gay male, genderqueer, high school, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, novel in verse, problem novel, prostitution, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, sexual violence, trans | Leave a comment

The Waking Dark

Robin Wasserman, September 2013. In rural Oleander, Kansas, five people suddenly snap and kill someone: a family member, a friend, a stranger. In the aftermath, more and more weird violence occurs, and the town is isolated from the rest of … Continue reading

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Tilt

Ellen Hopkins, September 2012.  This book is primarily narrated by three teenagers, with a few other voices popping up from time to time.  Mikayla has fallen too hard for the wrong boy and now finds herself pregnant. Harley is a … Continue reading

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Chulito

Charles Rice-González, October 2011.  Chulito is a small-time drug runner and high-school dropout with a secret: he’s crushing hard on Carlos.  Carlos and Chulito were childhood besties, but Carlos skipped two grades, stopped dressing and talking street, went off to … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, asian american, biracial, bisexual, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, drag, gay male, gay-bashing, genderqueer, latina/o, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, secondary queer character, sexual violence | 2 Comments

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

Posted in 2011, A.M. Homes, asian, bisexual, black, Cecil Castellucci, Courtney Gillette, Ellen Wittlinger, Emma Donoghue, epistolary, european, fantasy, fat, Gary Soto, gay male, gay-bashing, Heidi R. Kling, high school, historical, Jennifer Finley Boylan, Jennifer Knight, Jennifer R. Hubbard, Jill Wolfson, lesbian, Liz Miles, Luisa Plaja, Matthue Roth, Michael Lowenthal, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, Sara Wilkinson, Sarah Rees Brennan, Saundra Mitchell, secondary queer character, sexual violence, Shelley Stoehr, Sherry Shahan, short stories, sports, surprise queer character | Leave a comment

Clean

Amy Reed, 2011. I’m a sucker for a good teen rehab book (see also Last Night I Sang to the Monster), and this one delivers. It’s narrated by five addicts in alternating sections, and each teen’s first few lines say … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, Amy Reed, fat, gay male, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, sexual violence | 1 Comment

Thinking Straight

Reviewed by guest blogger Kaye Moore Robin Reardon, May 2008. Taylor Adams is an evangelical Christian who is totally down with Jesus Christ.  He is also gay, and completely comfortable with that.  However, since his family and small conservative hometown … Continue reading

Posted in 2008, gay male, guest blogger, problem novel, queer protagonist, religion, Robin Reardon, secondary queer character, sexual violence | 1 Comment

Scars

Cheryl Rainfield, March 2010.  This traditional problem novel manages to be both gruesome and cookie-cutter.  It addresses teen Kendra’s cutting, her parents’ financial problems, her crush on sexy and sassy Meghan, and her quest to remember who raped her when … 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

Posted in 2009, european, historical, lesbian, Pat Lowery Collins, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, sexual violence | 1 Comment