Shuggie Bain

“To have marked her sobriety in days was like watching a happy weekend bleed by: when you watched it, it was always too short. So he just stopped counting.” “Ah think the more ye love someone the more they take the piss out of that. They will do less and less of what ye want…

Cemetery Boys

“HAY NIÑAS CON PENE, NIÑOS CON VULVA Y TRANSFÓBICOS SIN DIENTES” It’s Spooky Season, ghoul-friends! Let’s get Spooky Ooky Kooky Booky Nooky! I’m celebrating Halloween and #SpookyBookyNooky with CEMETERY BOYS by Aiden Thomas! This queer YA, fantasy, mystery, romance, coming-of-age story is pure magic! Yadriel comes from an ancient ancestral lineage of brujx who have…

The Vanishing Half

“The hardest part about becoming someone else was deciding to. The rest was only logistics.” THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett is one of the most buzzed about bestsellers of 2020 and let me just say it lived up to the hype! Without a doubt this is one of my most entertaining, unputdownable books I’ve…

Transcendent Kingdom

“I’m no longer interested in other worlds or spiritual planes. I’ve seen enough in a mouse to understand transcendence, holiness, redemption. In people, I’ve seen even more.” TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM by Yaa Gyasi is an intimate story about grief, addiction, and mental illness told through the experiences of a Ghanaian family living in Alabama. The story…

Leave the World Behind

I need to get this out of the way: LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND by Rumaan Alam scared the shit out of me! Never have I felt so unsettled by a book! This story burrowed a worm hole into my brain and I cannot stop thinking about it. An upper middle class white family rents a…

These Violent Delights

“All they were – all they had ever been – was a pair of sunflowers who each believed the other was the sun” Micah Nemerever’s debut novel THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS is a brutal dive into the complex and toxic relationship of two young men in 1970s Pittsburg. First meeting in their freshman ethics class, Paul…

Luster

“‘I’m an open book,’ I say, thinking of all the men who have found it illegible.” LUSTER by Raven Leilani is a mesmerizing debut novel with stunning prose, complex characters, and a story that is unconformable, darkly comical, and absolutely fascinating!! Edie – a 23-year-old black woman living in New York City – is unenthusiastic…

Camp

CAMP by L. C. Rosen is a booming celebration of queerness and an nuanced look at young queer people’s struggle with identity told through a super cute romance! At Camp Outland, a summer camp for LGBTQIA+ teens, 16-year-old Randy Kapplehoff gets to be his authentic self: he wears nail polish, sing show-tunes with friends, and…

Fairest: A Memoir

“Because I was looking at one of the most beautiful faces I’d ever seen, even if I could only see half of her. That face belonged to me. […] I had a vision of my future then. I would call myself by a different name, one I have yet to determine. I would use chemicals…

A Burning

“If the police didn’t help ordinary people like you and me, if the police watched them die, doesn’t that mean that the government is also a terrorist?” As the title of Megha Majumdar’s debut novel implies, A BURNING is a blaze of a book that burns brightly from start to finish. The story begins after…