Category Archives: surprise queer character

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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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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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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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

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

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Saenz, 2012. Saenz’s Last Night I Sang to the Monster was the best YA novel I’ve read in a long, long time, so I had perhaps unrealistically high hopes for his latest.  The verdict? It’s no Monster, but … Continue reading

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