Category Archives: asian american

Inheritance

Malinda Lo, September 2013.  In the opening scenes of this novel, set immediately after Adaptation, there’s a spaceship hovering over Reese’s San Francisco house.  As you might imagine, the streets are full of people trying to get as close as they … Continue reading

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Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink

Stephanie Kate Strohm, May 2012.  Teenage Libby is off to intern at a living-history museum, Camden Harbor, where it’s always 1791.  The usual summer-camp shenanigans ensue: her roommate hates her, she’s denied her cell phone (since they won’t be invented … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, asian american, gay male, gaytopia, problem novel, realistic, romance, secondary queer character, Stephanie Kate Strohm | Leave a comment

Adaptation

Malinda Lo, September 2012.  Lo’s third novel and first foray into book-length science fiction is set in 2014 America, where teenage Reese and David get into a car accident and wake up 27 days later in a classified military hospital.  The … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, asian american, biracial, bisexual, black, dystopia, gay male, gaytopia, lesbian, Malinda Lo, queer protagonist, science fiction, secondary queer character, surprise queer character | 1 Comment

Boys of Summer

Steve Berman, ed., May 2012. This is another uneven collection of short stories from Bold Strokes, this one focusing on summer romances between young men. The standout story here is Alex Jeffers’s “Wheat, Barley, Lettuce, Fennel, Salt for Sorrow, Blood for … 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

Speaking Out: Stories of Overcoming Adversity and Experiencing Life After ‘Coming Out’

Steve Berman, ed., September 2011. This volume of short stories (by multiple authors) includes both typical problem-novel-type coming-out stories and also empowerment stories.  It’s a mixed bag in that sense, and in terms of quality too, which you’d expect when … Continue reading

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XIsle

Steve Augarde, 2009.  Baz lives in the near future when the world has been seriously damaged by flooding, and he and his dad are starving.  Their only hope is that Baz will be chosen to go to a nearby island … Continue reading

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The Misfits

James Howe, 2001. This delightful novel follows the exploits of four seventh-grade outcasts: Addie, the tall nerdy one; Skeezie, a rather uncouth and unclean kid; Bobby, fat and happy; and Joe, proudly gay. They decide to enter a third-party slate … Continue reading

Posted in 2001, asian american, black, fat, gay male, James Howe, middle school, realistic, secondary queer character | 1 Comment

Going Bovine

Libba Bray, 2009.  I would never have picked up this book if it hadn’t won the Printz.  It just sounded too intentionally wacky, which I dislike.  Sentences like this one from the jacket flap turn me off: “With the help … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, asian american, gay male, high school, latina/o, lesbian, Libba Bray, surprise queer character | 3 Comments

Luv Ya Bunches

Lauren Myracle, October 2009. This fun middle-grade novel doesn’t break any new ground, but has a good time with an old story: Fifth-grade queen bee Modessa and her clique enjoy tormenting other girls, who band together to get her back … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, asian american, Lauren Myracle, middle school, passing mentions, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, realistic | 1 Comment