Category Archives: realistic

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

Posted in 2013, african, high school, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, surprise queer character, Suzanne van Rooyen, trans | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2013, gay male, genderqueer, high school, Kristin Elizabeth Clark, novel in verse, problem novel, prostitution, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, sexual violence, trans | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2014, best ever!, epistolary, european, gay male, high school, James Klise, middle eastern, mystery, queer adult, realistic, religion, secondary queer character, unreliable narrator | Leave a comment

The Waking Dark

Robin Wasserman, September 2013. In rural Oleander, Kansas, five people suddenly snap and kill someone: a family member, a friend, a stranger. In the aftermath, more and more weird violence occurs, and the town is isolated from the rest of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, dystopia, gay male, gay-bashing, queer protagonist, realistic, religion, Robin Wasserman, sexual violence | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2013, bisexual, gay male, genderqueer, high school, lesbian, middle eastern, problem novel, prostitution, queer protagonist, realistic, religion, Sara Farizan, secondary queer character, trans | Leave a comment

The Waiting Tree

Lindsay Moynihan, May 2013. Newly eighteen and a high-school dropout, Simon’s life couldn’t get a lot worse. His parents are dead; he lives with his older brother, who hates him for being gay; his twin brother, who’s unable to speak, depends … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, bisexual, gay male, gay-bashing, Lindsay Moynihan, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, religion | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2013, gay male, high school, problem novel, queer protagonist, realistic, romance, secondary queer character, sports | Leave a comment

Over You

Amy Reed, June 2013.  Max and Sadie are spending the summer working on an organic farm in order to escape their normal lives, and because Sadie’s wanderer mom is working there too.  Well, that’s why Sadie’s going.  Max is going … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, Amy Reed, bisexual, queer adult, queer parent, queer protagonist, realistic | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 2013, bisexual, gay male, gay-bashing, high school, lesbian, M.G. Higgins, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, sports | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 1993, 2013, blast from the past, drag, european, gay male, gay-bashing, genderqueer, high school, historical, problem novel, queer adult, queer protagonist, realistic, secondary queer character, Tom Lennon | Leave a comment