Category Archives: secondary queer character

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

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It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It)

Julie Anne Peters, April 2012. Man, for YEARS now I have really wanted to like a Julie Anne Peters book.  I mean, she’s a mainstream Big Six writer of teen lesbian and trans fiction. She’s like the David Levithan of … Continue reading

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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

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me@you.com

K.E. Payne, 2012.  This sweet story of first love starts out a bit expository, as protagonist Imogen discovers the joy of online friends via a message board about a popular TV show, but picks up quickly as she starts crushing … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, bisexual, college, european, gay male, K.E. Payne, lesbian, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, secondary queer character, surprise queer character | 2 Comments

Street Dreams

Tama Wise, March 2012. Tyson lives in downtown Auckland and dreams of being a graffiti artist, filling up notebooks with his hip-hop-influenced drawings. He spends his nights washing dishes to help his widowed mom pay the rent while evading the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, bisexual, gay male, gay-bashing, polynesian, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, surprise queer character, Tama Wise | 1 Comment

The Difference Between You and Me

Madeleine George, 2012.  It’s really hard to write a successful multiple-narrator novel and manage to keep the voices distinct.  George does a superb job here, aided by the fact that Jesse doesn’t actually narrate – it’s a pretty intimate third-person … Continue reading

Posted in 2012, bisexual, fat, gay male, gay-bashing, gaytopia, high school, lesbian, Madeleine George, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character | Leave a comment

Vicious Little Darlings

Katherine Easer, May 2011. Psychotic besties – one of my favorite types of conflict!  In this rather melodramatic psychological thriller, Sarah starts her freshman year at Wetherly College and discovers that her beautiful roommate Maddy is obsessed with death.  Maddy’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, asexual, bisexual, college, Katherine Easton, lesbian, secondary queer character | 4 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

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Truth & Dare: 20 Tales of Heartbreak and Happiness

Liz Miles, ed., 2011. These twenty stories, written by some of YA’s shining lights, form one of the most consistently strong anthologies I’ve ever read in any genre. The best is probably Ellen Wittlinger’s “Rules for Love and Death,” about … Continue reading

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365 Days

K.E. Payne, 2011.  This hilarious novel consists of a series of daily diary entries by Clementine, an English teenager who’s funny in the style of Adrian Mole and Georgia Nicolson.  Why do the British do teen diaries so much better … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, bisexual, epistolary, european, high school, K.E. Payne, lesbian, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, surprise queer character | 2 Comments