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…

Real Life

“The most unfair part of it, Wallace thinks, is that when you tell white people that something is racist, they hold it up to the light and try to discern if you are telling the truth.” One sign of a truly great book is that when you finish reading it, the book doesn’t end. You…

The Prettiest Star

THE PRETTIEST STAR by Carter Sickels is a devastating and poignant story about the AIDS crisis. This powerful book shines a spotlight on the often overlooked demographic of young people that were forced to return to the families they ran away from and the communities that rejected them because they were dying and had nowhere…

How We Fight For Our Lives

Saeed Jones’s memoir HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES is powerful, raw, and unlike anything I have ever read. Though a slim book, Jones packs story after story with life, meaning, and some fricking beautiful writing! HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES is a coming-of-age memoir about being a gay, black man in the US….

Jonny Appleseed

I stumbled upon JONNY APPLESEED by Joshua Whitehead when I was looking for a new book club in San Francisco. And let me tell you, I am so happy I read this unique, important, and beautiful book! Jonny Appleseed is a young, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer Native American who lives off the reservation but must return to his…

In the Dream House

I don’t even know how to begin reviewing IN THE DREAM HOUSE by Carmen Maria Machado. This memoir is too brilliant, too groundbreaking, too perfect for my stupid words to even begin to describe it’s importance and just how dang good it is. BUT, y’all I gotta try! IN THE DREAM HOUSE is a memoir…

The Gravity of Us

Y’all know I am a fan of queer stories, a big fan! So obviously I was very excited to receive an egalley of the soon to be released THE GRAVITY OF US by Phil Stamper. It’s a queer YA about first love, reality television, and a NASA mission to Mars… to a gay nerd like me this…

Ordinary Girls

Y’all all I can say is ORDINARY GIRLS is THAT book! Why am I not seeing it everywhere?! Don’t think for a second that I would let 2019 end without absolutely screaming about this powerhouse memoir! In case it’s not clear, y’all need to put down the book you’re currently reading and get into ORDINARY…

Orpheus Girl

I am a sloooow reader so it means a lot when I say I finished ORPHEUS GIRL by Brynne Rebele-Henry in one sitting! This queer YA love story is painful and deeply saddening yet empowering and hopeful. A lot is crammed into this poetic novella! A reimagining of the Orpheus myth, the story follows teenagers Raya…