Category Archives: secondary queer character

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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Between You & Me

Marisa Calin, August 2012.  Teenage Phyre (yeah) has a new drama teacher, and she’s infatuated. Mia is beautiful, confident, and talented, and even lets the students call her by her first name.  Phyre isn’t used to crushing on girls, but … Continue reading

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Starting from Here

Lisa Jenn Bigelow, September 2012.  In Bigelow’s first novel, teenage Colby knows she’s gay but doesn’t want to tell her dad. Since her mom died, he’s been distant anyway, spending most of his time on the road (he’s a trucker). … Continue reading

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Better Nate than Ever

Tim Federle, February 2013.  Thirteen-year-old Nate lives in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, with a family he can’t relate to. He’s bullied in school for being pudgy and effeminate; his only solace is best friend Libby, who understands his Broadway dreams and helps … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, fat, gay male, gaytopia, passing mentions, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, Tim Federle | 1 Comment

Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink

Stephanie Kate Strohm, May 2012.  Teenage Libby is off to intern at a living-history museum, Camden Harbor, where it’s always 1791.  The usual summer-camp shenanigans ensue: her roommate hates her, she’s denied her cell phone (since they won’t be invented … Continue reading

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Adaptation

Malinda Lo, September 2012.  Lo’s third novel and first foray into book-length science fiction is set in 2014 America, where teenage Reese and David get into a car accident and wake up 27 days later in a classified military hospital.  The … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, asian american, biracial, bisexual, black, dystopia, gay male, gaytopia, lesbian, Malinda Lo, queer protagonist, science fiction, secondary queer character, surprise queer character | 1 Comment

Personal Effects

E.M. Kokie, September 2012.  Matt’s a pretty unhappy kid.  His beloved big brother T.J. died in Iraq; he’s in unrequited love with his best friend Shauna; his dad is distant at best and violent at worst; and he’s failing out of … Continue reading

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Way to Go

Tom Ryan, April 2012.  It’s the summer of 1994 and Danny’s got problems: his dad works in distant oil fields and comes home only to nag him about college; he’s not sure what he wants to do after high school; … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, bisexual, canadian, gay male, gay-bashing, historical, lesbian, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, Tom Ryan | 2 Comments

Silhouette of a Sparrow

Molly Beth Griffin, September 2012. Garnet is sixteen years old in 1926 and plans to live the life her mother wants for her: she’ll graduate high school in a year and then marry her boyfriend and become a happy homemaker … Continue reading

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Crazy

Amy Reed, June 2012.  Connor is just a regular kid who gets along with his mom, dates girls about whom he has conflicting feelings, and befriends the zany Izzy at summer camp. Izzy refuses to talk on the phone, so … Continue reading

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