Woah, it’s June already! I don’t know how that happened.
I headed to the library last week and picked up my monthly quota of Gay YA, which I’m here to share with you all. On the docket for this month isssssss:
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
After David Levithan said at the con I attended that Weetzie Bat had inspired him to write, I had to read it. And Francesca Lia Block is one of my new favorite authors, so I had double the motivation!
This has been on my TBR FOREVER. I just started it last night, and it’s not at all what I expected– but in a very good way! It opens with a news story about a young guy who was beaten and left for dead because he was gay. I knew that…but I didn’t realize the story was told from his ex-bestfriend’s POV. And she is fab so far…I’m super excited.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
This has also been on my TBR for a loooooong time. I’ve heard it has some really great trans* representation, and I’m eager to see if that’s true.
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
This is a re-read, and most of you probably know by now how much I adore this series. But seriously, like. There’s a polyamorous love triangle with the most amazing young woman and two bisexual faerie kings, and more lovely queerness in this book.
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
Okay, so, I know like everybody and their mother recommended this to me, but why did you not force me to read it? Because oh my god. I’m a hundred pages in and absolutely blown away. If you want a book that talks about bisexuality right, read this.
and Young Avengers & Runaways: Civil War
Yeah, I have no idea if this is where I want to be starting with Young Avengers, but it was the only one at the library, and mainly due to bisexual-books being so excited about it, I decided I needed to try something from it… and also the cashier at the comic shop I go to recommended it saying it was the first book he’d read that had a queer character, and I just, like, gaaaah. So I started with the only one I could get my hands on!
And looky! I actually bought some this month, too.
This is my all-time favorite David Levithan book. For now, at least. I haven’t actually read most of his stuff. I was going to try and read some this month, but they were all checked out from the library. But anyways, I got it signed! And I got to meet him! And literally he is the best person like I can’t. ——->
Okay so this isn’t Gay YA, but I just read a very popular YA romance which dealt with abuse so poorly that I had to re-read this book and tell everyone I know to read it. It’s about two brothers who grew up in a house with an abusive father. It’s so good and so important. And also Swati Avasthi is just like the best.
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
If you’ve been following us on Twitter or Tumblr the past few weeks, you probably know just how in love I am with this book. Like…I am IN LOVE. It’s a post-apocalyptic book that follows the story line of the Odyssey. The protagonist is female and queer and just a lovely character, and I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s basically just a bucket of wonderful queerness and adventures and superpowers and happytimes. You should all read it. I’m SO excited for the next one to come out in the fall! (Also, the copy I have is signed. This is why you should buy from indie booksellers like Addendum.)
So that’s all for this month! And since The Great Spam Purge has finally been completed and comments are open again, you should drop me a comment below with what Gay YA titles you’re reading!
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