Queens of Geek – Jen Wilde

28245707Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary Romance, Fandom, Internet Famous

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When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe. Continue reading

Little & Lion – Brandy Colbert

25062038Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 8th 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Bisexuality, Contemporary, Bipolarity, Siblings, Romance

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When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse. Continue reading

See You at Harry’s – Jo Knowles

12384984See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: YA/MG, Death, Family, Contemporary, LGBT

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Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she’s not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn’t know he’s gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there’s Charlie: three years old, a “surprise” baby, the center of everyone’s world. He’s devoted to Fern, but he’s annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn’t for Ran, Fern’s calm and positive best friend, there’d be nowhere to turn. Ran’s mantra, “All will be well,” is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it’s true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same. Continue reading

George – Alex Gino

24612624George by Alex Gino

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 25th, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 9+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Contemporary, LGBT

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BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not…. Continue reading

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

26109391Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 10th, 2016
Publisher: Dial Books
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mental Illness, LGBT, Friendship

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Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?

Enter Lisa.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same. Continue reading

Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer

31694016Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Road Trip, Celebrity, LGBTQ+

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Cash Carter is the young, world famous lead actor of the hit television Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime–but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he’s been keeping. What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendship. Continue reading

10 Things I Can See from Here by Carrie Mac

3101957110 Things I Can See from Here by Carrie Mac

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: Feburary 28th, 2017
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

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BLURB:

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves? Continue reading