Category Archives: problem novel

Panopticon

Jenni Fagan, July 2013.  In this book, the reader is thrown right into the action.  Our narrator is a girl named Anais who may or may not be crazy, but does enough drugs that it’s a moot point most of … Continue reading

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The Other Me

Suzanne van Rooyen, December 2013. Treesa is a shy redhead who spends most of her time obsessing over a sci-fi TV show, including writing slash fanfic involving the male lead, Resa, and another guy of her own invention. When she … Continue reading

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Freakboy

Kristin Elizabeth Clark, October 2013. This novel in verse is told from three points of view: Brendan, the protagonist, is a straight boy who is starting to wish he were a girl.  Vanessa is his girlfriend, who’s stopped hanging out … Continue reading

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If You Could Be Mine

Sara Farizan, August 2013.  Two Iranian teenage girls are in love, and no one can know; homosexuality is a capital offense.  Nasrin and Sahar live double lives, being besties in public but secretly making out when they’re supposed to be … Continue reading

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The Waiting Tree

Lindsay Moynihan, May 2013. Newly eighteen and a high-school dropout, Simon’s life couldn’t get a lot worse. His parents are dead; he lives with his older brother, who hates him for being gay; his twin brother, who’s unable to speak, depends … Continue reading

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Play Me, I’m Yours

Madison Parker, April 2013.  Lucas is seventeen and knows he’s gay, but isn’t really comfortable telling anyone about it. As he inches out of the closet, he starts making good friends for the first time: fun and supportive Trish; straight … Continue reading

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Bi-Normal

M.G. Higgins, July 2013. Brett is a sixteen-year-old football player with problems.  His mom is dead, and his little sister drives him crazy, and his hot girlfriend Jillia isn’t ready for sex.  Still, no problem Brett’s got is as bad … Continue reading

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When Love Comes to Town

Tom Lennon, 1993 with March 2013 re-release. Irish teen Neil is a rugby player and successful with the girls, so he can’t possibly tell anyone he’s actually gay.  Instead, he puts up a good front to his friends but secretly … Continue reading

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Tilt

Ellen Hopkins, September 2012.  This book is primarily narrated by three teenagers, with a few other voices popping up from time to time.  Mikayla has fallen too hard for the wrong boy and now finds herself pregnant. Harley is a … Continue reading

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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Kirstin Cronn-Mills, October 2012.  Gabe has always known he’s a boy, but his body (female) and his legal name (Elizabeth) say otherwise.  He’s finally come out to his parents and his best friend Paige, but people at school call him … Continue reading

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