Tag Archives: young adult

This book was like queer Hogwarts

The Gay Teen’s Guide to Defeating a Siren: Book 1 The Seeker by Cody Wagner is what happens when you combine the plotbunnies of “What if one of those gay conversion therapy camps was scamming the parents and all the kids inside … Continue reading

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Zahrah the Windseeker: 13 year old girl in plant-based SFF adventure

Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor is both a story about a girl rescuing a boy, and a girl growing into her own strength, both of which are themes I enjoy. Zahrah’s story is pretty linear, straightforward, and in some ways predictable, so … Continue reading

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MY YEAR ZERO: all-girl love triangle with a Jewish lesbian MC, young adult lit

My Year Zero by Rachel Gold, in a sentence, is a YA all-girl love triangle with a Jewish lesbian MC, a bi-girl love interest, and a very satisfyingly happy ending full of love and tenderness. Okay, now that my entire Mangoverse … Continue reading

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The Space Between: “Popular Girl/Uncool Girl” lesbian contemporary YA

Welcome to Ylva Publishing’s newest lesbian YA contemporary. The Space Between (Goodreads link) is basically your quintessential “high school is hell” YA novel, with a cruel Popular Crowd, the Uncool Girl who the Super Popular One finds themselves strangely drawn to … Continue reading

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“Gone, Gone, Gone”: Teenage boys fall in love while coping with 2002 Beltway sniper

One of my favorite genres is “queer characters earning their happy endings by clawing their way through non-queer-specific trauma.” In other words, reducing homophobia to background microaggressions while pinning the Antagonist badge on something straight characters could have dealt with, … Continue reading

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Fluffy Muslim YA set in 1980s NYC, two girl cousins having summer adventures

Hot Pink in the City by Medeia Sharif first caught my eye in an update email from my publisher. A fluffy YA starring a Middle Eastern girl? Cool! But then it took me forever to get to, because it’s only out in … Continue reading

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Gay kid trying to figure out identity of secret online boyfriend/schoolmate

I wrote this review when I first read the book, but apparently I only posted it to Goodreads, not here. It just won a major national award, so congrats! That sounds like a good excuse to post the review to … Continue reading

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