Tag Archive for LGBTQ Lit

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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

If you’re looking for a book that resists the status quo, but nevertheless, offers it’s Black, queer, and anxious main character a chance at a real happily ever after, then you have to pick up You Should See Me in a Crown! Don’t believe me: it was recently selected as the first YA pick for Reese’s Book Club, and the guest editor who will talk with Leah Johnson live on the book club Instagram account will be none other than Lexi Underwood, the young, Black actress who played Pearl Warren on the tv show Little Fires Everywhere, which I loved! Check it out on Hulu in the US or Amazon Prime in Canada. Read more →

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Displacement by Kiku Hughes

Displacement is a graphic novel that you will breeze though, but the story inside will wrap itself around you and never let you go. It had me teary-eyed at several points while I was reading it, and kept me thinking about the real and fictional characters depicted within it for several days after I’d finished. However, it also filled me with hope. Read more →

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I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch and Illustrated by Victoria Ying

I particularly loved the integration of DMs from Slash/Spot, comments on Alice and Cheshire’s comic, the text messages and updates on how long it has been since they’ve either logged into Slash/Spot or until the deadlines for the award competition. In particular, there is a popcorn emoji reference that had me recognizing just how perfectly well Birch understands the medium she’s using to convey her story. Not everyone does. Read more →

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Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

In the Hollywood world where the #MeToo movement is alive and well, but, so too, is the reason the very same movement is necessary, Something to Talk About was a breath of fresh air. Yes, this is a workplace romance that is rife with drama, especially of the tabloid kind, but it’s not—in any way—the creepy kind. This isn’t about the creepy, older boss hitting on her assistant…whether or not the assistant was interested. Rather, it’s a very slow burn romance that starts off merely as a great showrunner-assistant relationship on the set of the tv show where they met, The Innocents. However, when Jo invites Emma to the SAG Awards as a buffer from the uncomfortable questions she expected to have to face from journalists and the paparazzi over her upcoming job on a movie script, they capture an image that—out of context—looked romantic. Read more →