Category Archives: gay male

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It)

Julie Anne Peters, April 2012. Man, for YEARS now I have really wanted to like a Julie Anne Peters book.  I mean, she’s a mainstream Big Six writer of teen lesbian and trans fiction. She’s like the David Levithan of … 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

me@you.com

K.E. Payne, 2012.  This sweet story of first love starts out a bit expository, as protagonist Imogen discovers the joy of online friends via a message board about a popular TV show, but picks up quickly as she starts crushing … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, bisexual, college, european, gay male, K.E. Payne, lesbian, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, secondary queer character, surprise queer character | 2 Comments

Street Dreams

Tama Wise, March 2012. Tyson lives in downtown Auckland and dreams of being a graffiti artist, filling up notebooks with his hip-hop-influenced drawings. He spends his nights washing dishes to help his widowed mom pay the rent while evading the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, bisexual, gay male, gay-bashing, polynesian, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, surprise queer character, Tama Wise | 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

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Who I Am

M.L. Rice, April 2011. I should have known from that dead cat…but I didn’t. I really thought I was going to enjoy this realistic novel that, like K.E. Payne’s 365 Days, told a funny and sweet story about crushing on … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, college, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, lesbian, M.L. Rice, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, worst ever! | 4 Comments

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

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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

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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

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