Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

Delany, Samuel R. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand. New York: Bantam Books, 1984.

Book cover with an image of space: black sky, bright white stars, the curve of a planet, and a nebula. Yellow text reads "Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, a novel by Samuel R. Delany."

In this extraordinary science fiction novel, Delany explores sexuality, gender, desire, and the flow and structure of information. This review contains lots of spoilers. Continue reading

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History is All You Left Me

Silvera, Adam. History is All You Left Me. New York: Soho Teen, 2017.

A book cover split into day and night. On the top, a young men stands under the moon with a black background. On the bottom, a young man stands under the sun with a blue background.

Griffin and Theo grew up together and were each other’s first kiss, first love, first everything. When Theo goes to college across the country, they decide to put their relationship on hold until Griffin can join him in a year. Griffin wasn’t expecting Theo to meet someone else, but he still held on to the hope that they would get back together. When Theo dies, Griffin’s whole world collapses and his OCD symptoms worsen. Continue reading

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The Abyss Surrounds Us

Skrutskie, Emily. The Abyss Surrounds Us. Woodbury, MN: Flux, 2016.

A young Chinese-American woman in a wetsuit stands on a ship with one arm out. Behind her, the giant eye of a reptilian sea monster rises out of the waves.

In a bizarre and dangerous future, the world has been carved up into new states and pirates roam the seas. Gigantic genetically-engineered sea monsters are raised to bond with ships and protect them from pirates. Cassandra Leung has been in training to work with Reckoners her entire life. At 17, she is finally given the job to travel with a ship and its Reckoner. But her ship is quickly attacked by pirates who kill her Reckoner and kidnap her. Continue reading

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Gino, Alex. 2015. George. New York: Scholastic Press.

A white book cover with GEORGE in rainbow colors. A young girl peeks out through the O.

“You’re one tough cookie. But the world isn’t always good to people who are different. I just don’t want you to make your road any harder than it has to be.”

“Trying to be a boy is really hard.”

Mom blinked a few times, and when she opened her eyes again, a teardrop fell down her cheek. (page 170)

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Girl Mans Up

Girard, M-E. Girl Mans Up. New York: HarperTeen, 2016.

A young woman with a white T-shirt, black pants, and short, tousled hair leans against a brick wall with her arms crossed.

Pen is a sixteen-year old girl who eschews girly stuff and would rather dress in guy’s clothes. Growing up in Ontario, a child of Portuguese immigrants, she moves between two worlds—gaming with her dude friends and asking her parents for traditional blessings. It’s been tense with her parents, but when she cuts her long hair off, her parents are more concerned than ever. Continue reading

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Lee, Mackenzi. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2017.

A young white man in fancy 18th century British clothing. The title, Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, is overlayed in aqua letters, and there are yellow music notes and a yellow line drawing of a violin dancing around the young man.

Henry “Monty” Montague is a true hedonist—he loves gambling, smoking, and drinking, and regularly wakes up in the beds of random men and women. He’s also a British gentleman, and his frustrated father needles him relentlessly to improve his debaucherous behavior. On the eve of Monty’s yearlong Grand Tour of Europe, his father tells him in no uncertain terms that if he doesn’t shape up, he’ll cut him out of the will and throw him out of the family. Continue reading

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The Gods Themselves

Asimov, Isaac. The Gods Themselves. New York: Doubleday, 1972.

A panorama of the rocky surface of the moon with the Earth hanging in the black night sky. The title is in big red letters.

At last, Earth scientists have discovered the secret to abundant free energy, through an electron transfer with aliens in a parallel universe. Only a handful of people suspect that the ongoing nuclear reaction could lead to a supernova. Continue reading

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