Category Archives: queer parent

Over You

Amy Reed, June 2013.  Max and Sadie are spending the summer working on an organic farm in order to escape their normal lives, and because Sadie’s wanderer mom is working there too.  Well, that’s why Sadie’s going.  Max is going … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Amy Reed, bisexual, queer adult, queer parent, queer protagonist, realistic | Leave a comment

The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Kidnapped

Yxta Maya Murray, 2010. Fifteen-year-old Michelle straddles two worlds – her comfortable foster home with a doctor for her guardian, and her old life as Princess P in a family of gangsters. Now Michelle is applying to private school and … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, black, gay male, high school, latina/o, passing mentions, queer adult, queer parent, realistic, secondary queer character, sports, Yxta Maya Murray | Leave a comment

Poor Rich

Jean Blasiar, 2010.  It’s challenging to review these books from small presses.  I want to encourage indie publishing (NOT self-publishing!) and give tiny presses and new authors a chance, but it’s really difficult to overlook poor copyediting and, well, poor … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, gay male, high school, Jean Blasiar, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, realistic, secondary queer character | Leave a comment

Comfort Me

Reviewed by guest blogger Annie Gage Louis Flint Ceci, 2009.  An intriguing prologue hints at the secrets that are to be revealed in Comfort Me: A heterosexual couple argues in a car stopped on train tracks in tiny Croy, Oklahoma. The … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, gay male, guest blogger, Louis Flint Ceci, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, queer protagonist, realistic | Leave a comment

Newsgirl

Liza Ketchum, 2009.  Twelve-year-old Amelia has just arrived in San Francisco in 1851, and she’s the only girl her age in town.  There are startlingly few women, too – it’s more of a center for shipping and mining, and most … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, historical, lesbian, Liza Ketchum, queer adult, queer parent, realistic, secondary queer character | Leave a comment

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

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

Jacqueline Woodson, 1995. Melanin Sun has been keeping a diary since he was little, and collecting stamps too, despite his friends’ taunts of “faggot” when he pursues these activities. Mel has it all figured out, though: “I knew it was … Continue reading

Posted in 1995, black, Jacqueline Woodson, lesbian, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, realistic | 6 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

How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity

Michael Cart, ed., 2009.  The long break since my last post reflects my difficulty with finishing books of short stories.  I have trouble getting into them; they’re just too short and I don’t have the chance to identify with the … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, Ariel Schrag, asian american, biracial, bisexual, black, college, David Levithan, drag, Emma Donoghue, epistolary, Eric Shanower, fantasy, Francesca Lia Block, gay male, gay-bashing, gaytopia, Gregory Maguire, high school, historical, Jacqueline Woodson, Jennifer Finley Boylan, Julie Anne Peters, lesbian, Margo Lanagan, Michael Cart, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, Ron Koertge, secondary queer character, short stories, trans, Willam Sleator | 2 Comments

Bait

Alex Sanchez, June 2009.  Sanchez is known for his novels about young Latinos coming out in high school; this is a bit of a departure in that its protagonist is a straight teen in trouble for beating up guys that … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, Alex Sanchez, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, latina/o, problem novel, queer adult, queer parent, realistic, secondary queer character, sexual violence, surprise queer character | Leave a comment