Tag Archive for YA Novel 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 →

Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern

Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern

It’s about two characters who are holding onto life as best they can, but their experiences with CF and depression put them both in a kind of liminal space between life and death, much like the characters in David’s favourite movie, Wings of Desire. While they are very much alive, their chronic illnesses put them a lot closer to death than anyone else they know, and this means that as their friendship grows, they are able to have deep and meaningful conversations on topics that most teens would be incapable of talking about in depth and, likely, really uncomfortable discussing, like David’s girlfriend Sharon. Read more →