Category Archives: secondary queer character

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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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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The Art of Secrets

James Klise, April 2014.  Sophomore tennis player Saba Khan is devastated when a fire destroys her family’s West Rogers Park apartment.   Saba goes to private school, and the other students and their families rally around her, offering their help … 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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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

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Coda

Emma Trevayne, May 2013. I loved this dystopian punk bisexual novel.  Protagonist Anthem is a teenager who takes care of his twin siblings because his mom is dead and his dad’s pretty close. In their society, set in the fairly-near … 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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Swans & Klons

Nora Olsen, May 2013.  A couple of centuries from now, men are obsolete and society is dominated by women. Rubric is sixteen and in training to become a Panna, or upper-middle-class career woman; she’s served by Klons, who aren’t human … 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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