autostraddle is amazing →
gameboygirl asked: Heya! I saw you in the "queer teen lit" tag. I like "why this blog" post - it brings up a bunch of queer teen lit issues. I run the fyeahqueerteenlit tumblr - it lists all the queer teen lit books I've been able to find, focusing mainly on recent books. Anyways, I hope you don't give up on updating - your reviews are great.
I am J
I am J, by Chris Beam, is one of the few pieces of YA teen fiction that I have ever read that deals with trans/gender-queer issues. In an honest, unabashed way, the novel tells the story of J, who was assigned to the gender female at birth. The narrative refers to J with male pronouns, and when people call J by female pronouns in the story, it is jarring. Quite simply, Beam writes J as a boy, not...
Words of wisdom from Malinda Lo →
Guys, I wrote an email to Malinda Lo, a YA author whose work features queer protagonists, a few months ago, and I just received an email response with a link to a lengthy response on her blog. I think you guys will appreciate it, so I’m sharing it here.
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Keeping You a Secret
Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters was the first book about a queer teenager that I ever read. It’s a quick read, only 250 pages long. I finished it in about four hours, but I thought about it long after. We begin by meeting our protagonist, Holland Jaeger, a motivated high school senior taking a tremendously difficult course-load. She has a boyfriend with whom she has mediocre...
why this blog?
This blog exists to list and review books about queer teenagers, for the reading pleasure of LGBTQIA identified and straight folks alike. I have compiled a list of reasons why I think this blog, and other efforts like it, are important. Because there aren’t enough books about people like us. Because queer YA lit is a very specific genre composed mostly of a few set archetypes. We’ve...