Tag Archive for Teen 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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Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

I’m happy to say that Bashardoust delivers a richly developed fantasy world beginning with the story that Soraya’s mother tells her over and over as a child. It starts “There was and there was not,” and in so doing, Bashardoust creates not only a parallel reality that will go on to become very meaningful as the novel continues, but also gives the allusion that the story Soraya’s mother will relate is both just a story and also something that is very much not just a story, but a reality, one that could have deadly consequences if its message is not heeded. Read more →