Tag: LGBT

The Wise and The Wicked…by Rebecca Podos

The Wise and The Wicked…by  Rebecca Podos

  Ruby and her sisters come from a long line of wise and powerful women. When their grandmother and her sisters fled Russia they lost most of their magical powers. Today only one of their great powers remain. The power to have a vision of their own death.   The cover on this one was what initially got me. It justs screams Russian folklore. It gives a great representation of what this novel is about. The only type of magical realism that I really enjoy is when it is told through a lens of an old world fairytale with fairytales themselves woven into the story. ‘The Wise and The Wicked’ has this in spades.   I really loved the flow of the story as well as the characters. Podos did such a wonderful job of describing the characters and making each […]

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How to Make A Wish…by Ashley Herring Blake

How to Make A Wish…by Ashley Herring Blake

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Release Date: May 2nd 2017 Genre: Young Adult, GLBT, Contemporary Synopsis: All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens tobe Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father. Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace […]

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The Great American Whatever…by Tim Federle

The Great American Whatever…by Tim Federle

Quinn Roberts is a high school student who wants to be a movie director. His sister has recently been killed in a car crash. His dad has left. His mother is depressed, and Quinn wants to come out to family and friends. I will admit, that I had instant cover love for this book. I really didn’t know much about this book before I started reading it.   What I Loved   The whole plot is that Quinn needs to get over his sister’s death and his father’s leaving. He is struggling in life and doesn’t know how to move forward and explore his sexuality.  To me it basically was a better, deeper, more well written, ‘Me Earl and the Dying Girl’. The prose was well written. The emotions were there for me when it came to his depression. I could […]

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Here’s the Thing…by Emily O’Beirne-Blog Tour

Here’s the Thing…by Emily O’Beirne-Blog Tour

‘Here’s the Thing’ is a LGBT coming of age story. When sixteen year old Zelda moves back to Australia from New York, she struggles to fit in . She misses New York city and her friend/crush, Prim. Prim is a model who hates most people and things and gives Prim a new outlook on life. The story alternates between the present (Zelda in Australia) and the past (Zelda in New York). In the present Zelda makes new friends and begins taking drama. While she does like her new life, she still yearns for her old one. In her new life she also struggles to settle her feelings for Prim.   I found this novel to be a fresh change from many young adult novels. Ithink an important topic in this book was how teenagers often struggle to fit in after a move. Zelda’s move is […]

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Absolute Brightness…by James Lecense

Posted August 21, 2016 by Karen in Books, Reviews , , / 0 Comments
Absolute Brightness…by James Lecense

“He had simply been courageous enough to be himself in the face of everything that had tried to persuade him be something else.” Leonard Pelkey is central character of ‘Absolute Brightness’.  Leonard is a gay fourteen year old boy who is sent to live with his   cousins and newly divorced aunt. Leonard is a larger than life character who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. A main example of this is when Leonard makes his signature rainbow high tops by glueing together several pairs of flip-flops. Phoebe, who is the younger of Leonard’s cousins, tells the story from her point of view. Phoebe, in true teenager fashion, is initially annoyed by Leonard’s presence but she and Leonard soon become close friends. Leonard  also endears himself to the community of elderly clients that come to his aunts home hair salon. So when Leonard suddenly goes […]

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