Category Archives: 2010

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

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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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Poor Rich

Jean Blasiar, 2010.  It’s challenging to review these books from small presses.  I want to encourage indie publishing (NOT self-publishing!) and give tiny presses and new authors a chance, but it’s really difficult to overlook poor copyediting and, well, poor … Continue reading

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The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker

Louis Sachar, 2010. I grew up with Sachar’s Wayside School stories, and while his award-winning Holes wasn’t really my thing, I enjoyed it nonetheless.  The Cardturner is more my speed – a coming-of-age story with a lot of esoteria around … Continue reading

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Love Drugged

James Klise, September 2010.  Jamie knows he’s gay, and part of him wants to embrace it, but when he sees all the homophobia happening in the world – and at his school – he doesn’t want to come out of … Continue reading

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Wildthorn

Jane Eagland, September 2010.  Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove thinks she’s on her way to be a paid companion for a rich friend of her family’s, but when her carriage arrives at her destination, it’s an insane asylum – and the staff … Continue reading

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The Frenzy

Francesca Lia Block, September 2010. I remember, as a teen, loving the spiky, poppy prose confection that was Weetzie Bat.  I reread it in library school for my YA lit class, and it stood the test of time.  So I … Continue reading

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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

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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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Rhythm and Blues

Jill Murray, February 2010.   Here’s a protagonist with her head on straight.  She’s part of a breakdance crew, and comfortable with her place in it – she’s not the star, not the best gymnast, just a solid performer and … Continue reading

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