Category Archives: bisexual

Vicious Little Darlings

Katherine Easer, May 2011. Psychotic besties – one of my favorite types of conflict!  In this rather melodramatic psychological thriller, Sarah starts her freshman year at Wetherly College and discovers that her beautiful roommate Maddy is obsessed with death.  Maddy’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, asexual, bisexual, college, Katherine Easton, lesbian, secondary queer character | 4 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

365 Days

K.E. Payne, 2011.  This hilarious novel consists of a series of daily diary entries by Clementine, an English teenager who’s funny in the style of Adrian Mole and Georgia Nicolson.  Why do the British do teen diaries so much better … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, bisexual, epistolary, european, high school, K.E. Payne, lesbian, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, surprise queer character | 2 Comments

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Saenz, 2012. Saenz’s Last Night I Sang to the Monster was the best YA novel I’ve read in a long, long time, so I had perhaps unrealistically high hopes for his latest.  The verdict? It’s no Monster, but … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, Benjamin Alire Saenz, biracial, bisexual, gay male, latina/o, lesbian, passing mentions, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, secondary queer character, surprise queer character | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2011, Alex Jeffers, Ann Tonsor Zeddies, asian american, bisexual, Charles Jensen, Danielle Pignataro, Dia Pannes, fantasy, gay male, gay-bashing, gaytopia, high school, Jeffrey Ricker, L.A. Fields, lesbian, Lucas J.W. Johnson, middle eastern, problem novel, prom, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, religion, Rigoberto Gonzalez, romance, Sam Cameron, Sandra McDonald, secondary queer character, short stories, sports, Steve Berman, trans, Will Ludwigsen | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2010, biracial, bisexual, black, dystopia, european, fantasy, gay male, gaytopia, lesbian, Nora Olsen, queer adult, queer protagonist, trans | Leave a comment


Lili Wilkinson, 2011.  I have a soft spot for books about high-school theater, and this one was no exception. The hook is great, too: teenage Ava is an out lesbian with an intellectual, bitchy girlfriend named Chloe with whom she … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, australian, bisexual, fat, gay male, gaytopia, high school, lesbian, Lili Wilkinson, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character | Leave a comment


Ibi Kaslik, 2004. Narrated in alternate chapters by sisters Giselle and Holly, Kaslik’s book is more than just another anorexia problem novel.  The author explores what it means to be a sister – the affection, the worry, the competition – … Continue reading

Posted in 2004, bisexual, college, high school, Ibi Kaslik, passing mentions, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, sports | Leave a comment

Boy Midflight

Charlie David, 2009.  This first novel feels autobiographical, and while I can understand the urge to fictionalize one’s life and jazz it up somewhat, I think that urge should be resisted.  Boy Midflight illustrates why: most people’s lives simply aren’t … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, bisexual, canadian, Charlie David, gay male, latina/o, queer protagonist, romance, secondary queer character | Leave a comment

The Way You Say My Name

Sara Bell, June 2009. This book contains the following: a gunpoint confession a nasty eulogy a sassy old lady with a shotgun a dead teenager who (a) writes a will and (b) in it, actually leaves someone a key to … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, bisexual, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, mystery, prom, prostitution, queer adult, queer protagonist, romance, Sara Bell, secondary queer character, sequel, surprise queer character, worst ever! | Leave a comment