You’re probably wondering: So, who’s the real author? Well….I don’t really have an answer to that. This novel (or, not really) consists of multiple short stories written by: Julie Murphy, Katie Cotugno, Emery Lord, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi, Nina LaCour, and so many more fabulous authors! Honestly, I couldn’t find an accurate rating for this, so I used my calculator, and found the average. Literally. So: 4 out of 5. I guess I can’t really summarize this because it contains, like, 50 stories. But all of them are based on two people somehow meeting and falling in love. The End. But it shows a lot of LGBT+ stuff, so yeah. I would say it shows a great variety of……subjects?
I actually loved them despite the shortness of them. Really. You would probably love it too! 🙂
The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis
I knew it was going to be an emotional one but the ending basically had me feeling at least 1000000000 things all at once which is RIDICULOUS, because we only have 5 senses. I spent the entire afternoon reading this and it really broke my heart. This book is brutal and devastating. If you can’t handle abuse and hard beatings, well, this book will not do well with you. Books like this hit me right in the heart, because the stuff that happens in this book happens every day in real life. It might be happening in your classmate’s, or your neighbours home, or your best friends home. It is a book about a boy named Evan who is gay. Like, straight-out. But his mother doesn’t take this information really well. In fact, she despises him for it. So the abuse continues.
This book slammed itself right into my arms. I’m not even kidding. When I was browsing the teen sections of the library, I found this book and decided not to read it. But after, however well I placed it, the book would continue falling off the shelves, so I was exasperated, and checked it out.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book is a MUST-READ for anyone. I recommended it to my friend, and she said that she bought a copy from Indigo. The last time I saw her book, it was all worn out. I really loved Starr, the protagonist of the novel, because she seemed so resilient, authentic, and everything I want to be. I can (almost) assure you that you’ll end up falling head over heels for this magnificent binder of pages in which we call a book. Angie Thomas writes in such a powerful voice- a voice that will be heard and listened to through Canada to the US, from Japan to Africa.
I really recommend this book to everyone who wants to make a difference in the world. I know I haven’t told you much about the book, but I really don’t know how without spoiling it!
J.C. was nicknamed Sharky by his best friend in highschool due to the extent of his obsession with sharks (he suddenly burst into tears of passion during his presentation on sharks). After Sharky’s best friend suddenly died from an accident that may have been his fault, he has been locking himself up in his room. Depressed, he spends his days watching documentaries on sharks and global warming… as well as texting his dead friend.
Hoping that a change of scenery will help, Sharky’s mom send him to live with his dad on a remote island in Canada, where he meets a girl that can show him how to get over his loss, and eventually fall in love again.
This novel has very touching content for those of us who’ve never experienced the loss of a friend or loved one like Sharky has. Throughtout the book, we get to see how Sharky changes from the impact of just this one girl. However, very little actually happens in the plot, as most of the story takes place in Sharky’s mind. If you prefer faster paced novels, I don’t think this would satisfy you.
To celebrate Pride this summer, we have put together a list of some truly awesome LGBTQ teen books. For the complete list, go here. But, here are some of our favourites:
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon, who has not come out yet, has been emailing all summer with his pen-pal, but they have never met in real life. When a classmate discovers their emails, Simon is blackmailed into playing wing-man for him or else his sexual identity will be broadcast to everyone in the school.
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Joanna lives in Atlanta and is a proud queer teen. But, when her father gets remarried and moves them to a small rural town in Georgia, Jo is asked to keep her sexuality a secret. Jo agrees and things are going great. That is, until she meets Mary. Jo has to choose between keeping her promise to her father and following her heart.
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
This book takes an honest look at the life, love and struggles of transgender teens. Author, Susan Kuklin, interviews six transgender or gender-neutral teens and asks them about their lives.
Set in El Paso, Texas, this contemporary novel follows 17-year-old Salvador as life-changing events make him question everything he’s ever known. Haunted by his history, Sal is caught between his loving, adoptive gay Mexican-American father and the parents he never met, and he discovers he no longer knows who he really is. Along with his best friend, Samantha, Sal must confront issues of grief, loss, and faith.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is engaging from start to finish, and a hard book to put down. Sáenz excels in creating characters that are both dynamic and believable. I became attached to these characters and their stories, and even days after I finished this book I could not help but think of them. This is a stunning novel by an outstanding author, and a truly heartwarming read.
George is a boy but inside of George, he knows that he is a GIRL. George wanted to keep his secret to himself but when his teacher, Mrs. Udell, announced that their class would be doing a play for Charlotte’s Web, George really wanted to play the part of Charlotte. George finds a bit of difficulty when his teacher said that he wasn’t allowed to play the part of Charlotte because he is a boy. Now George has to show Mrs. Udell and his classmate that George is a girl.
I rate this book a 5/5 because it shows that George really wanted to play the part of Charlotte and he kept trying and persuading. At the end, George didn’t really get his part. But his best friend Kelly was chosen to play Charlotte and she was nice enough to give the part to George.
Benjamin Alire Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is the sort of book that you want to tear through in one sitting. As soon as I was done, I knew I’d be reading it again at some point. The writing is beautiful and flows from beginning to end, and this is easily a book that a non-YA reading adult can enjoy as much as teens can. It touches on falling in love, sexual orientation, male friendship and cultural identities. It is never shallow, yet it doesn’t throw its depth in the reader’s face in a sort of I’m smarter than you way.
Our main character, Aristotle, begins the novel very angry. He’s sad, confused and furious about his older brother being in prison and because of how his parents won’t tell him any of the specifics. His father, a war vet, is distant and depressive and it has led Aristotle further into loneliness. This alienation won’t let him grow close to anyone. When the novel begins, he hasn’t allowed himself to make any friends. He can be a jerk at times, but he doesn’t know how else to be because of all the feelings that are swirling around inside him. He wants to find out about his brother and decides to pursue the mystery of what happened.
After he meets Dante, the two of them fall into an easy friendship. Dante is a wonderful character, full of energy and light and humour. He allows Aristotle to begin viewing the world in a new way, a more open way, which leads to him tentatively making other friends as well. There is no grand plot to this novel, no big events, just two young men going through the business of living as they each find their way in the universe. If you are interested in reading a realistic story that is filled with both loveliness and heartbreak, please pick this one up.
Draw the Line by Laurent Lin
This book is about a boy named Adrian Piper, he’s an artist, geek, and gay! It tells about how Adrian Piper is dealing in a school where being gay is treated with disdain from the majority, even though the time frame was set in a modern day. He also owns a webcomic about a superhero named “Graphite” who lives on the dark side of the moon, while contemplating his need for a male companion. The comic mirrors his daily life and depicts his feeling to a particular event in his life.Read More
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is about growing up in high school, with a family that nurtures secrets, and lies, and amongst friends who are confusing personalities more than anything else- all from the point of view of Charlie, a 15-year-old Wallflower stuck in the midst.
I like this book because of the style of writing. Instead of being narrated from a third-person’s perspective, the story reveals itself slowly, from letter to letter. It’s almost like you’re putting together a puzzle, or finding the plot, as you read, picking up clues from each one of Charlie’s letters.
In all, I give this book a 3/5 rating.