Tag Archive for YA Book Reviews

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Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Bayron’s debut novel is one that gave me chills at times, in particular when Luke, another queer character who Sophia meets on her journey, says: “‘Just because they deny us doesn’t mean we cease to exist.’” I think it’s a story that everyone needs to read not only because it features a strong, Black, queer character at the story’s centre, but also because her tenacity will, hopefully, give both teen and adult readers the inspiration to use their voice to resist, or even destroy, the patriarchy. Read more →

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Let’s Talk About Love is a super cute YA romance starring Alice, a beautiful, Black, bisexual (minus the sexual aka biromantic), and asexual sophomore in college. Or in the words of Alice, it would rank at Cutie CodeTM Black. Oh and best of all, Claire Kann’s debut novel is currently on sale until the end of June (aka Pride Month) for only $2.99, and the author is donating her royalties for any copies sold in June to National Bail Out, so she can accurately count the number of sales. Read more →

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The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell

Whereas many queer narratives only show the queer characters holding hands with their significant other or kissing at the very end of the book, I particularly liked how sex positive it is. […] Cornwell creates a safe space for all readers, especially queer ones, that is completely devoid of the shame that Christianity puts on people around their sexuality. Read more →

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

If you’re interested in picking up a really cute, debut f/f romance that also tackles some important issues for queer teens of colour, then don’t miss The Henna Wars. It’s a book that you will, inevitably, want on your bookshelf and will recommend to anyone and everyone…just like I do. Read more →