Category Archives: gaytopia

The Blonde of the Joke

Bennett Madison, August 2009. This is one of those stories of a mousy teen who gets a new bad-girl best friend and starts shoplifting and dressing like a ho, but it doesn’t feature the clichéd ending of so many of … Continue reading

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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

Liar

Justine Larbalestier, September 2009.  Micah is a compulsive liar, which she admits right away, so how can we believe anything she says? She swears she will tell the truth in the book, though, and she promises this in a very … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, biracial, bisexual, black, fantasy, gaytopia, high school, Justine Larbalestier, mystery, problem novel, queer protagonist, secondary queer character, surprise queer character, trans, unreliable narrator | Leave a comment

Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, September 2009. This powerful first-person narrative is set in a rehab center, where eighteen-year-old Zach has woken up with no memories of how he got there. It’s clear that he and his father are alcoholics and that his … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, Benjamin Alire Saenz, best ever!, black, gay male, gaytopia, latina/o, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, sexual violence | 5 Comments

As You Wish

Jackson Pearce, August 2009.  This light fairytale about falling in love with a jinn, or genie, doesn’t make a lot of sense – but maybe it doesn’t need to.  The story begins after Viola’s boyfriend Lawrence has broken up with … Continue reading

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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

King of the Screwups

K.L. Going, April 2009.  Liam is the son of a supermodel, with impeccable fashion sense and a knack for getting hot girls.  In other words, he’s one of the cool kids. But when his conservative banker father kicks him out … Continue reading

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My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park

Steve Kluger, March 2008. Kluger’s second epistolary novel for younger teens features diary entries, emails and online chat transcripts written by its three protagonists: T.C., an amorous athlete recovering from the loss of his mother; Augie, T.C.’s theatrical quasi-brother, closeted … Continue reading

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Love and Lies: Marisol’s Story

Ellen Wittlinger, July 2008. Readers of Wittlinger’s acclaimed Hard Love (1999) will rejoice in this new novel about Marisol, the touchy punk-rock lesbian with whom protagonist Gio fell in unrequited love. Love and Lies features a cast of gay characters … Continue reading

Posted in 2008, Ellen Wittlinger, gay male, gaytopia, latina/o, lesbian, queer protagonist, secondary queer character, sequel | Leave a comment

Fat Hoochie Prom Queen

Nico Medina, May 2008. Madge Diaz is a fat and fabulous high school senior with a mission: to make sure her skinny, popular rival, Bridget Benson, isn’t prom queen – no matter what. Madge and Bridget have been enemies since … Continue reading

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