Since I’ve been coming to terms with my sexuality as well as discovering the other types of sexualities that exist, I have read a lot of books. I decided that I should list them and give brief reviews of them…maybe someone who is also discovering who they are will find this list to be helpful.
I have struggled with finding good LGBTQ books…specifically ones that have female main characters. I’m unsure if that’s because there aren’t that many books regarding lesbian relationships as there are gay relationships…but then again, there aren’t even that many books that deal with gay relationships. Anwho…this is what I have found and read thus far.
1. The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer
-a bit cheesy but it’s very sweet. it focuses on the friendship that two girls have as well as how it develops into something more…and how to make it last. there’s some self-discovery in this and the “coming out” process to parents and friends.
2. Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens by Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke
-this book had some great tips on “how to come out”…well to me, i thought they were great tips. i haven’t come out yet so i can’t test their suggestions…but the suggestions seemed good. and there were personal anecdotes and a few statistics/facts throughout the book. it was also funny. i think this book has a lot of helpful information, but other (mostly older readers that have come out a long time ago) found this book to contain obvious information. the only section that i didn’t read was about safe sex and abusive relationships. i have read a lot about that stuff prior so i found it repetitive and “obvious information”.
3. The Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, and Rainbow Road (trilogy) by Alex Sanchez
-i love, love, love this series. the first book was fantastic, the second was good as well, the third…well i wasn’t a huge fan of all the characters all the time but i love how they traveled across the US and made some self-discoveries as well. this series centers around three queer/gay men from their senior year of high school (The Rainbow Boys) until the summer before college (Rainbow Road). it’s both a coming of age series, an exploration of sexuality and coming out, and a testing of friendship…they also touch upon AIDS/HIV, which i think is important.
4. Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters
-i finished this book most recently. it was…it was a good read. although i didn’t like the ending because i felt it just kinda…the ending was a brutal reality for some queer people. i wish the author wrote a sequel so we could see how things pan out…but at the same time, it may be best to leave the future of the characters to the imagination. this book follows a senior girl in high school as she discovers that she is in love with a new student. like many of the books listed above, this book addresses coming out, accepting yourself, and being in love.
5. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
-by far, this is my favorite book in the LGBTQ genre. this book is my favorite, then the Rainbow Boys trilogy….then…well it doesn’t matter really. this book is my favorite. i will post the summary of the book from Amazon here, since I don’t think I can do it justice.
“In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Every Day, David Levithan, co-author of bestsellers Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, 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. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other. ”
This book should be a required read for school. It leaves enough loose ends to keep the reader wondering what happens to some of the characters at the end, but unlike Keeping You A Secret, I felt that this book does not end too soon. I love how this novel has so many characters, all with different personalities and stories…and how they all relate/come together to create this beautiful book. Also, the narration by the deceased gay men is excellent…it’s extremely quotable. I highlighted like…every line in the book. I found the narration to be kinda creepy at first…initially it can be found to be stalkerish, preachy even…and confusing. But as the book progressed I loved reading the narration.
Anywho, I’m currently reading Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality by Darrel Ray and Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden.
I also have a huge Wish List of other books that I would like to read. Maybe I’ll write list of reviews later.
Hope all is well with you guys!
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