Echo After Echo – Amy Rose Capetta

27258116Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary, Plays, Mystery


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Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it’s easy to say yes. But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death at the theater—and then another—especially when Zara doesn’t know if they’re accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes. It’s hard not to be distracted when assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara. It’s hard not to fall in love. In heart-achingly beautiful prose, Amy Rose Capetta has spun a mystery and a love story into an impossible, inevitable whole—and cast lantern light on two girls, finding each other on a stage set for tragedy. Continue reading

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My Brother’s Husband Volume 1

32337897My Brother’s Husband, Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Recommended Age: tempted to say “all”
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Manga, LGBT, Japan Culture, Family


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Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji’s past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it. Continue reading

They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

33385229They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary Romance, Life & Death


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On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day. Continue reading

Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan

17237214Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 27th 2013
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Point of View: 1st Plural, 3rd Singular
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary Romance


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New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. Continue reading

Girls Made of Snow and Glass – Melissa Bashardoust

32768509Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Point of View: Alternative
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Snow White, LGBT, Magic, Family


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Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story. Continue reading

Release – Patrick Ness

33640498 Release by Patrick Ness

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 9th, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 3rd Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary, Family, Weird Ghosts


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Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release. Continue reading

Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan

23228Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 9th, 2003
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance

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When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right. Continue reading