Category Archives: gaytopia

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

Nightsiders

Sue Isle, March 2011. Every time I get sick of the indie presses — thinking they just don’t attract quality authors and then don’t have the editorial skill to turn around the mediocre manuscripts they do get — a book … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, australian, drag, dystopia, gaytopia, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, short stories, Sue Isle, trans | 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

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

Huntress

Malinda Lo, 2011.  Kaede and Taisin are students at the Academy of Sages, where they’ll learn to use powerful magic for the good of their people.  Taisin is talented and shy; Kaede has no natural ability as a sage, but … Continue reading

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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

Evil?

Timothy Carter, August 2009.  This hilarious farce tells the story of Stuart, a happily out teen in a small, Canadian, intensely Christian town. Stuart’s parents and peers don’t mind that he’s gay, but all hell breaks loose – sort of … Continue reading

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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

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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