Category Archives: fat

Better Nate than Ever

Tim Federle, February 2013.  Thirteen-year-old Nate lives in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, with a family he can’t relate to. He’s bullied in school for being pudgy and effeminate; his only solace is best friend Libby, who understands his Broadway dreams and helps … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, fat, gay male, gaytopia, passing mentions, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, Tim Federle | 1 Comment

The Difference Between You and Me

Madeleine George, 2012.  It’s really hard to write a successful multiple-narrator novel and manage to keep the voices distinct.  George does a superb job here, aided by the fact that Jesse doesn’t actually narrate – it’s a pretty intimate third-person … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, bisexual, fat, gay male, gay-bashing, gaytopia, high school, lesbian, Madeleine George, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character | Leave a comment

Cursebusters!

Julie Smith, 2011.  I love a good boarding-school story, so I was all set to enjoy this one, set in Santa Barbara and Ojai and featuring a demon masquerading as a cat, a family curse, and time travel to ancient … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, black, fantasy, fat, gay male, gaytopia, historical, Julie Smith, latina/o, problem novel, realistic, romance, secondary queer character | Leave a comment

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

Clean

Amy Reed, 2011. I’m a sucker for a good teen rehab book (see also Last Night I Sang to the Monster), and this one delivers. It’s narrated by five addicts in alternating sections, and each teen’s first few lines say … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, Amy Reed, fat, gay male, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, sexual violence | 1 Comment

Pink

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

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

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green and David Levithan, April 2010. This excellent novel is written by Green and Levithan in alternating chapters, each writing from the POV of a different kid named Will Grayson living in the Chicago suburbs.  Will #1 is the … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, best ever!, David Levithan, fat, gay male, gaytopia, high school, John Green, queer protagonist, realistic | 5 Comments

Angry Management

Chris Crutcher, 2009.  These three novellas are linked by an unnecessary framing device: the main characters in each are attending the same anger management class, and the counselor provides a little bit of commentary and a data sheet on each of … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, black, Chris Crutcher, fat, gay male, gay-bashing, gaytopia, high school, lesbian, mystery, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, queer protagonist, realistic, religion, secondary queer character, short stories, sports | 2 Comments

No Such Thing as the Real World: Stories about Growing Up and Getting a Life

An Na, M.T. Anderson, K.L. Going, Beth Kephart, Chris Lynch, and Jacqueline Woodson, April 2009.   Six stories by six award-winning YA authors, and I can’t decide which I like best.  It’s not Going’s tale of a girl living in her … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, An Na, Beth Kephart, biracial, black, Chris Lynch, fat, gay male, gay-bashing, gaytopia, high school, Jacqueline Woodson, K.L. Going, M.T. Anderson, problem novel, prostitution, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, secondary queer character, short stories | Leave a comment