Mini-Reviews: “Who Done It?”, “Here I Go Again” and “Hooked”

When Chicago winter rears its ugly, black icy, snow swirly head, all I want to do is stay inside and read books. I don’t want to work. I don’t want to go out. I don’t want to get the flu, but that happened last week. But you know the great thing about the flu (after I passed out for two days, that is)? I got to stay inside and read books! Here’s what’s currently in my Lucille Bluth tote bag, and a couple others I just finished. Read More Mini-Reviews: “Who Done It?”, “Here I Go Again” and “Hooked”

Tales from the Ledge: The Name of the Game is Regression

This has been a very weird summer, rife with uncertainty. More and more, I’ve turned to my chief coping mechanisms: writing and reading. I gravitate toward YA and romance when times get tough, and that’s definitely been true these past few months. After work, when I’m not at dance class or listening to a light rock DJ and her sappy love songs, I have my nose in my Nook. Read More Tales from the Ledge: The Name of the Game is Regression

YA FTW!

And that title is most likely the last time I will write “FTW” this year. Well, apart from that second time. And in the tags. Read More YA FTW!

Favorite LGBT Teen Fiction (and Yes, I Meant All Four of Those Letters)

The world of LGBT-friendly fiction for teens and young adults is slowly growing, and certainly we expect most newly-published teen fiction to avoid homophobia, though heteronormativity and transphobia are both alarmingly common in the genre. Unfortunately for LGBT teens, though, most of these books, even the “friendly” ones, are written about LGBT teens but for straight readers, with an emphasis on promoting tolerance, or displaying the struggles against bullying, or otherwise trying to illuminate the minds of straight kids to the lives of gay kids. Tropes abound, and I’ve only found a few LGBT YA novels that I really think do a great deal in promoting not just tolerance, but show acceptance of LGBT teens not just as factors in the straight kids’ lives, but as complex, complete characters in their own right. Because April is LGBT Awareness Month, I decided to share some of my favorites.

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