Category Archives: 2008

Down to the Bone

Mayra Lazara Dole, February 2008. Protagonist Laura doesn’t identify as lesbian (or tortillera, the taunt preferred by homophobes in her Miami neighborhood), but she is in love with Marlena – she knows that for sure. When she’s kicked out of … Continue reading

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The Last Exit to Normal

Michael Harmon, March 2008. Ben is fourteen when his mom walks out after his father announces that he’s gay. Ben goes downhill from there: “I took my first hit from a bong two weeks after my mom left. I got … Continue reading

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Fat Hoochie Prom Queen

Nico Medina, May 2008. Madge Diaz is a fat and fabulous high school senior with a mission: to make sure her skinny, popular rival, Bridget Benson, isn’t prom queen – no matter what. Madge and Bridget have been enemies since … Continue reading

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Nothing Pink

Mark Hardy, November 2008. In 1970s rural Virginia, Vincent knows he’s gay but can’t tell anyone, let alone his preacher father and even holier mother. He resorts to stealing gay porn, dreaming about Barry Manilow, and crushing out on his … Continue reading

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Gravity

Leanne Lieberman, October 2008. This is not the average teen novel in which the author strives to make the characters as accessible as possible; nor does Lieberman create a fantasy-novel sense of otherworldly place. The author’s debut novel is heavy … Continue reading

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A Really Nice Prom Mess

Brian Sloan, February 2008. I’m a sucker for books and movies that happen all in one night; Dazed and Confused and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist come to mind. Screenwriter Sloan’s first novel is in the same vein: high school … Continue reading

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Absolute Brightness

James Lecesne, February 2008. When Phoebe’s cousin comes to stay with her family in the small town of Neptune, New Jersey, she’s embarrassed by his flamboyance. Leonard is only thirteen, but he’s pretty obviously gay, and not just gay but … Continue reading

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Twelve Long Months

Brian Malloy, June 2008. Malloy’s last gay YA novel, The Year of Ice, was a harsh, depressing portrayal of what it was like to be gay in a rural area thirty years ago. Twelve Long Months couldn’t be more different: … Continue reading

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Big Guy

Robin Stevenson, March 2008. This 106-page novel from Orca Soundings, an imprint for high interest/low level books for teens, is packed with issues. Derek’s mom has abandoned the family; his homophobic father doesn’t know he’s gay; he’s dropped out of … Continue reading

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Suicide Notes

Michael Thomas Ford, October 2008. Jeff wakes up to find he’s in a psych ward with bandages on his wrists, but refuses to believe he belongs there. He’s committed for forty-five days, but for most of it, he refuses to … Continue reading

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