Category Archives: surprise queer character

Pearl

Jo Knowles, July 2011. Henry and Bean are BFFs partly because they both have strange family lives.  Henry lives with his mom, who never leaves the house and spends her days eating Doritos and watching soaps. Bean lives with her … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, Jo Knowles, lesbian, problem novel, queer adult, realistic, secondary queer character, surprise queer character | 2 Comments

Kiss

Jacqueline Wilson, 2007. Sylvie is a sweet late-bloomer type who’s torn between her innocent first relationship with childhood friend Carl and the excitement of her new bad-girl best friend, Miranda.  She loves the fantasy world she and Carl have created, … Continue reading

Posted in 2007, european, gay male, Jacqueline Wilson, middle school, problem novel, realistic, secondary queer character, surprise queer character | 1 Comment

Jumpstart the World

Catherine Ryan Hyde, October 2010. Hurrah for the recent spate of high-quality books about trans kids!  I really liked Almost Perfect and I Am J, but both fell apart at the end; the former got too melodramatic and the latter … Continue reading

Posted in 2010, Catherine Ryan Hyde, drag, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, lesbian, problem novel, queer adult, realistic, secondary queer character, surprise queer character, trans | 8 Comments

The Way You Say My Name

Sara Bell, June 2009. This book contains the following: a gunpoint confession a nasty eulogy a sassy old lady with a shotgun a dead teenager who (a) writes a will and (b) in it, actually leaves someone a key to … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, bisexual, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, mystery, prom, prostitution, queer adult, queer protagonist, romance, Sara Bell, secondary queer character, sequel, surprise queer character, worst ever! | Leave a comment

Rage: A Love Story

Julie Anne Peters, 2009.   I really, really want to like Julie Anne Peters’ books.  I try again with each new one, but I just can’t do it.  Rage follows the pattern of her 2003 Keeping You a Secret: it starts … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, bisexual, high school, Julie Anne Peters, lesbian, problem novel, queer protagonist, secondary queer character, sexual violence, surprise queer character | 2 Comments

Of All the Stupid Things

Alexandra Diaz, 2009.  Diaz’s first novel is told in three voices, with best friends Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie alternating chapters from their POVs.  Tara is a runner prepping for a marathon and sick of her boyfriend Brent. Pinkie is … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, Alexandra Diaz, bisexual, gay male, high school, lesbian, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, secondary queer character, sports, surprise queer character, trans | Leave a comment

Going Bovine

Libba Bray, 2009.  I would never have picked up this book if it hadn’t won the Printz.  It just sounded too intentionally wacky, which I dislike.  Sentences like this one from the jacket flap turn me off: “With the help … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, asian american, gay male, high school, latina/o, lesbian, Libba Bray, surprise queer character | 3 Comments

Into the Forest

Jean Hegland, 1996.  Eva and Nell, sisters in their late teens, have ambitions – Eva wants to be a professional ballet dancer and Nell has been pining for Harvard since she was a child.  But an unnamed, vague disaster strikes, … Continue reading

Posted in 1996, bisexual, Jean Hegland, lesbian, queer protagonist, sexual violence, surprise queer character | Leave a comment

Liar

Justine Larbalestier, September 2009.  Micah is a compulsive liar, which she admits right away, so how can we believe anything she says? She swears she will tell the truth in the book, though, and she promises this in a very … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, biracial, bisexual, black, fantasy, gaytopia, high school, Justine Larbalestier, mystery, problem novel, queer protagonist, secondary queer character, surprise queer character, trans, unreliable narrator | Leave a comment

Tricks

Ellen Hopkins, August 2009.  Hopkins has done the impossible – she’s made me love a novel in verse.  Generally I’m not into this trend; why not just write in prose?  But I fell in love with these characters, and really the … Continue reading

Posted in 2009, bisexual, Ellen Hopkins, gay male, lesbian, novel in verse, problem novel, prostitution, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, religion, secondary queer character, sexual violence, surprise queer character, trans | Leave a comment