Category Archives: lesbian

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

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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

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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

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The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker

Louis Sachar, 2010. I grew up with Sachar’s Wayside School stories, and while his award-winning Holes wasn’t really my thing, I enjoyed it nonetheless.  The Cardturner is more my speed – a coming-of-age story with a lot of esoteria around … Continue reading

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Wildthorn

Jane Eagland, September 2010.  Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove thinks she’s on her way to be a paid companion for a rich friend of her family’s, but when her carriage arrives at her destination, it’s an insane asylum – and the staff … Continue reading

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Jumpstart the World

Catherine Ryan Hyde, October 2010. Hurrah for the recent spate of high-quality books about trans kids!  I really liked Almost Perfect and I Am J, but both fell apart at the end; the former got too melodramatic and the latter … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, Catherine Ryan Hyde, drag, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, lesbian, problem novel, queer adult, realistic, secondary queer character, surprise queer character, trans | 8 Comments

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

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Scars

Cheryl Rainfield, March 2010.  This traditional problem novel manages to be both gruesome and cookie-cutter.  It addresses teen Kendra’s cutting, her parents’ financial problems, her crush on sexy and sassy Meghan, and her quest to remember who raped her when … Continue reading

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Hidden Voices: The Orphan Musicians of Venice

Pat Lowery Collins, May 2009.  I read a lot of queer YA fiction, and I confess to growing weary of it sometimes; one can only read so many contemporary realistic gay teen novels, set in high schools and featuring closeted … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, european, historical, lesbian, Pat Lowery Collins, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, sexual violence | 1 Comment