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Review: A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman

by Jennifer Polish Cover page for A Harvest of Ripe Figs, by Shira Glassman. A red parchment-esque background behind a violin, its bow, and several purple figs, one of which is sliced in half, its lush red insides facing the front. Esther of the Singing Hands is Perach’s Sweetheart, a young and beautiful [...]

By | August 16th, 2016|Book Review|Comments Off on Review: A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman

GayYA Recommends: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina Lacour

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really? Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is until Kate spots [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Book Club, Book Review, New Releases, Readers on Reading, Teen Voices|Comments Off on GayYA Recommends: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina Lacour

Juliet Takes a Breath: A How-To Guide for Young Queer Latinas

by Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez, PhD Juliet Milagros Palante is a 19-year-old Puertoriqueña from the Bronx. She knows she’s gay but hasn’t told her family. She decides to come out to her family the night she’s set to travel to Portland, Oregon[1] for her summer internship with the renowned white feminist Harlowe Brisbane. After having read [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|Archive, Blogathon 2016, Book Review, New Releases|Comments Off on Juliet Takes a Breath: A How-To Guide for Young Queer Latinas

Review: Street Dreams by Tama Wise

by Nathaniel Harrington Street Dreams (Bold Strokes Press 2012) From Goodreads: Tyson Rua has more than his fair share of problems growing up in South Auckland. Working a night job to support his mother and helping bring up his two younger brothers is just the half of it. His best friend Rawiri is [...]

By | June 26th, 2015|Archive, Book Review|Comments Off on Review: Street Dreams by Tama Wise

Review: Hold Still by Nina LaCour

reviewed by Marie Hagen of MarietheLibrarian Hold Still by Nina Lacour Hold Still | Nina LaCour | 231 pages | Paperback | With illustrations Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic fiction Themes: Death, friendship, loss, suicide Goodreads rating: 3.99 Synopsis: Hold Still tells the story of Caitlin who recently lost her best friend Ingrid, [...]

By | May 29th, 2015|Archive, Book Review|Comments Off on Review: Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Graphic Novel Review: Lumberjanes.

Lumberjanes (Boom! Studios, 2014) One of the biggest challenges I face when reading, reviewing and now, publishing, is to find balance in the types of queers stories I read/review/publish. It often feels to me that the vast majority of what is out there - and what is made more visible when it comes [...]

By | May 16th, 2015|Archive, Book Review|Comments Off on Graphic Novel Review: Lumberjanes.

Book Review: None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio

by Alexandra von Klan from Inter/Act Youth   None of the Above is GayYA's book of the month. Grab a copy now and get ready to discuss later this month in our book club twit chat!     None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio (Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2015)   Within the [...]

By | May 14th, 2015|Archive, Book Club, Book Review|Comments Off on Book Review: None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio

M.E. Kerr and Deliver Us from Evie

by Sara Zarr I knew about M.E. Kerr long before I read her. When I was growing up in the seventies and making regular visits to our neighborhood library, there was a beat-up paperback on the spinning rack of “teen fiction” that caught my eye: Dinky Hockey Shoots Smack by M.E. Kerr (HarperCollins Publishers, [...]

By | May 12th, 2015|Archive, Author Guest Blog, Book Review, Guest Blogs|Comments Off on M.E. Kerr and Deliver Us from Evie

Booktube Needs You!

by Danika Leigh Ellis If you're a bookish person, and especially if you're a fan of YA, you should be exploring the wonderful world of Booktube by now. Booktube is the bookish community of Youtube. Hundreds of people make videos about books, from reviews to bookish tags to provocative discussion topics. It's similar to the [...]

By | May 5th, 2015|Archive, Book Review, Guest Blogs, Readers on Reading|Comments Off on Booktube Needs You!

5 Reasons to Love Benjamin Alire Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez   Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2012) opens in the summer of 1987 in El Paso, Texas and follows Aristotle Mendoza’s journey toward self-discovery. Fifteen year old Ari is smart and witty but quite isolated from other boys his own age. However, after meeting Dante Quintana at [...]

By | March 5th, 2015|Archive, Book Review|Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Love Benjamin Alire Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe