Category Archives: latina/o

Inheritance

Malinda Lo, September 2013.  In the opening scenes of this novel, set immediately after Adaptation, there’s a spaceship hovering over Reese’s San Francisco house.  As you might imagine, the streets are full of people trying to get as close as they … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, asian american, bisexual, gay male, genderqueer, high school, latina/o, lesbian, Malinda Lo, poly, queer protagonist, romance, science fiction, secondary queer character, sequel | Leave a comment

Boys of Summer

Steve Berman, ed., May 2012. This is another uneven collection of short stories from Bold Strokes, this one focusing on summer romances between young men. The standout story here is Alex Jeffers’s “Wheat, Barley, Lettuce, Fennel, Salt for Sorrow, Blood for … Continue reading

Posted in 'Nathan Burgoine, 2012, Aimee Payne, Alex Jeffers, Ann Tonsor Zeddies, asian american, bisexual, canadian, Christopher Reynaga, Dia Pannes, fantasy, gay male, gay-bashing, gaytopia, genderqueer, historical, L. Lark, latina/o, Marguerite Croft, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, Sam Cameron, secondary queer character, Shawn Syms, short stories, Steve Berman | Leave a comment

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

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

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

Posted in 2012, Benjamin Alire Saenz, biracial, bisexual, gay male, latina/o, lesbian, passing mentions, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, secondary queer character, surprise queer character | 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

Love Drugged

James Klise, September 2010.  Jamie knows he’s gay, and part of him wants to embrace it, but when he sees all the homophobia happening in the world – and at his school – he doesn’t want to come out of … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, fantasy, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, James Klise, latina/o, problem novel, queer protagonist | Leave a comment

I Am J

Cris Beam, March 2011. Beam wrote the excellent Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers, a nonfiction look at MTF kids in LA.  I couldn’t put that one down, so was delighted to hear about Beam’s foray … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, black, Cris Beam, drag, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, latina/o, lesbian, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, trans | 2 Comments

Into the Beautiful North

Luis Alberto Urrea, May 2009.  This delightful novel about a road trip that’s alternately painful, amazing, and eye-opening veers close to magical realism but never quite crosses that line.  The small Mexican town of Tres Camarones has lost most of … Continue reading

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Boy Midflight

Charlie David, 2009.  This first novel feels autobiographical, and while I can understand the urge to fictionalize one’s life and jazz it up somewhat, I think that urge should be resisted.  Boy Midflight illustrates why: most people’s lives simply aren’t … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, bisexual, canadian, Charlie David, gay male, latina/o, queer protagonist, romance, secondary queer character | Leave a comment