Category Archives: 2008

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

The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second

Reviewed by guest blogger Nari Avanesian Drew Ferguson, September 2008. The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second is about Charles James Stewart, Jr.  Charlie has never quite fit in at his high school in a small town in Illinois. Tall and socially … Continue reading

Posted in 2008, Drew Ferguson, gay male, guest blogger, high school, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character | 1 Comment

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

Black Rabbit Summer

Kevin Brooks, 2008.  Pete is surprised when Nicole, his old girlfriend and member of his high-school clique, calls him and wants the gang to meet up again at a carnival.  Pete hasn’t seen much of the clique for a while, with … Continue reading

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Band Fags!

Frank Anthony Polito, May 2008. This largely autobiographical novel takes the reader through the high school years (and then some) of Jack Paterno, whose best friend is a Total Fag, in the words of his classmates.  Jack often questions his … Continue reading

Posted in 2008, bisexual, Frank Anthony Polito, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, historical, lesbian, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character | 4 Comments

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park

Steve Kluger, March 2008. Kluger’s second epistolary novel for younger teens features diary entries, emails and online chat transcripts written by its three protagonists: T.C., an amorous athlete recovering from the loss of his mother; Augie, T.C.’s theatrical quasi-brother, closeted … Continue reading

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My Tiki Girl

Jennifer McMahon, May 2008. Traditional YA lesbian problem novels tell the stories of teen girls who fall madly in love with their female friends, only to face serious consequences when parents and classmates find out. In recent years, however, the … Continue reading

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After Tupac & D. Foster

Jacqueline Woodson, January 2008. This excellent middle-grade novel follows the lives of the unnamed narrator and her two best friends, Neeka and D. The narrator lives across the street from Neeka and has known her since they were toddlers, but … Continue reading

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Love and Lies: Marisol’s Story

Ellen Wittlinger, July 2008. Readers of Wittlinger’s acclaimed Hard Love (1999) will rejoice in this new novel about Marisol, the touchy punk-rock lesbian with whom protagonist Gio fell in unrequited love. Love and Lies features a cast of gay characters … Continue reading

Posted in 2008, Ellen Wittlinger, gay male, gaytopia, latina/o, lesbian, queer protagonist, secondary queer character, sequel | Leave a comment

M+O 4EVR

Tonya Cherie Hegamin, April 2008. This first novel, poetic and daunting, tells the story of O(pal) and M(arianne), best friends in a small Pennsylvania town. They’re inseparable as children, but part ways when they go off to high school, where … Continue reading

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