Vanilla, Hunter, and their friends struggle to understand their place in the “gay community” and they grapple with the pressures of “what it means to be gay.” They desire intimacy, but they don’t always know what form that intimacy should take. It is refreshing to see these ideas explored in a gay novel; but especially one for young readers.
By Billy Merrell
Both Openly Straight and Honestly Ben portray a complicated relationship to LGBT identity that feels reflective of younger generations and the new world we are facing. They offer hope and realism in the same breathe. Both titles are perfect compliments for each other in tackling the messiness of what it is to be a teenager dealing with more than just pimples.
by Bill Konigsberg
History is All You Left Me
by Adam Silvera
Many may point to History is All You Left Me as an exploration of grief. And it is to a certain extent. This book explores the rocky terrain of coping with loss and the different ways of handling death. As each character grieves, they approach the process in their own way. Some turn inward, others out. The struggle to communicate grief drives much of the story.
Queer: A Graphic History
by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele
Queer: A Graphic History sets out to be a guide; to sum up the history of queer theory and activism. With text and graphics, this book breaks down the evolution of queer politics. From early sexology to post-queer critiques of homonormativity, Queer is an illustrated roadmap of the mutating and expanding theories that serve under the banner of “queer theory.”
Not Your Sidekick
by C. B. Lee
With Not Your Sidekick, C.B. Lee introduces readers to a world a few hundred years from now, but life hasn’t changed too much. Kids are afraid of disappointing their parents. Friends are blind to each other’s crushes. Younger siblings struggle to fill the footprints left by their older siblings. Oh, but some people have super powers.
Princess Princess Ever After is a warm-hearted graphic novel centered on the adventures of two strong-willed princesses. Playful in tone, this colorfully illustrated story was originally published as an online comic. The story begins when Princess Amira rescues another Princess, Princess Sadie, from an archetypal tower. Through the arc of the story, both characters learn to recognize their self-worth, their different strengths, and to appreciate each other.
Princess Princess Ever After
by Katie O’Neill
The best LGBT young adult fiction by LGBT writers often reads as love letters to the teens they once were and this book is no exception. Linn writes to remind all of us to be ourselves, that storytelling and myth can be launchpads to creating real change, and to always remember the heroic power we have inside ourselves.
Draw the Line
by Laurent Linn
As the story developed over five years’ time, E.K. Weaver’s art became more subtle and careful throughout the course of the novel. At no point does Weaver ever underestimate the significance of a glance or the twitch of a finger, the zoom on TJ’s lips as he blows cigarette smoke or the way his gaze lingers on Amal. The tone becomes subtly erotic in otherwise banal scenes of two strangers in a small car.
~Lambda Literary Review, April 2016
The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal
by E.K. Weaver
Sorese masterfully immerses the reader in the story from the first moment. Incredibly human stories exist in a world full of robots and fantastic beasts. It is cinematic in its scope; blasting through battles and sharing the intimacy of crying alone in the rain. The story is heartbreaking, but heartbreaking in the “how great is humanity” kind of way; the kind of heartbreak that leaves you in love with the world.
by Jeremy Sorese
Schmatz’s prose speaks in a dialect unique to the story, just off enough to keep the reader from ever feeling like they are on solid ground. Much like the story, the truth Kivali feels seems impossible to reflect in the world she is living in. The prose swings into cerebral poetry and then back into more grounded speech. The text is full of the distinct dialect of the world, which is can be hard to pick up on at first. This style does make the action difficult to follow at times, but one of the goals of the book is to play with the idea of confusion.