Two Boys Kissing

Levithan, David. 2013. Two Boys Kissing. New York: Alfred A Knopf.

Book cover, showing a closeup of two white adolescent boys kissing, with the title in blue across the image.

In this YA novel by the prolific David Levithan, we follow three couples and one individual through a few days of their lives. Peter and Neil have been dating for a year and their relationship is comfortable, though both sometimes feel unsatisfied. Avery and Ryan just met at gay prom and are experiencing their first few sweet dates. Cooper is deeply closeted and spends most of his time on gay hookup apps, lying about himself and seeking some sort of fix to his loneliness. And Harry and Craig are former boyfriends who are trying to break the Guinness World Record for longest continuous kiss. Continue reading

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The Great American Whatever

Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.

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Sixteen-year-old Quinn lives screenwriting. Every conversation is dialog; every movement is stage direction. He has been writing movies for years and his ambition is to win a screenplay contest to jumpstart his professional career. His sister directs the films he writes and together, they are an amazing team…Until she dies in a car accident and Quinn no longer knows what to do with his life or even how to take showers and leave the house. Continue reading

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Life of Bria

Symington, Sabrina. 2015-Ongoing. Life of Bria [Webcomic]. https://lifeofbria.com

Life of Bria banner image, with a bustling group of her comic characters, including dinosaurs, ninjas, and Bria herself with trademark feather earring and bicycle gloves.

Life of Bria starts with a surreal four-panel gag featuring Watchmen antihero Rorschach washing his hands with a bar of soap. The last panel has ominous text reading “Who Washes the Washers.” Understanding the pun requires specific popular culture knowledge; finding it funny requires a somewhat odd sense of humor. The in-joke quality and Bronze Age visual flair establish the tone of this webcomic series. Continue reading

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None of the Above

Gregorio, I.W. 2015. None of the Above. New York: Balzer + Bray.

Cover of book with large title text on a white background. Out of the three O's, one is colored in blue and crossed out, one is colored in pink and crossed out, and the last is colored in purple.

Kristin just turned 18 and her life is going pretty great so far. She has two wonderful best friends and a gorgeous and loving boyfriend, does well in school and athletics, and was just crowned Homecoming Queen. After the dance, she and her boyfriend decide to “go all the way” for the first time because they love each other and they’re ready.

But something goes wrong. Continue reading

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Looking

Lannan, Michael (Creator). 2014-2016. Looking [television series]. New York: HBO Entertainment.

The title text, Looking, in bright blue outlined letters.

In this comedy-drama television series, three gay friends in San Francisco navigate dating, friendship, and work. Jonathan Groff plays Patrick, a 29-year-old video game designer who has never had a long-term boyfriend. Frankie J. Alvarez plays Agustín, a 31-year-old artist who is cohabitating with his boyfriend. Murray Bartlett plays Dom, a 39-year old waiter who is more interested in hookups than dating. Continue reading

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Donovan’s Big Day

Newman, Lesléa (Author) and Dutton, Mike (Illustrator). (2011). Donovan’s Big Day. New York, NY: Tricycle Press.

Book cover with young child wearing a suit and red bowtie, smiling and looking slightly to the right.

From the author of Heather Has Two Mommies comes another heartwarming picture book about a queer family just doing regular family things.  Through delightful prose and lovely illustrations, Donovan’s Big Day describes a very full day of preparation before the wedding ceremony of Donovan’s mothers, where he has the very important job of carefully giving them their rings. Continue reading

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Under the Udala Trees

Okparanta, Chinelo. 2015. Under the Udala Trees. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The book cover, with title in large text across the middle of an orange sky, framed by green trees.

With lyrical prose richly adorned with Igbo proverbs and folklore motifs, Okparanta weaves a poignant coming of age story of a Nigerian girl growing up in a war zone. Continue reading

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