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Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones

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Llewellyn Publications/Flux 2007.

Gay – T

Belle had expected to marry her high school boyfriend, Dylan, after college, so she is devastated when he comes out to her. However, she soon starts dating someone else, and even manages to be there as a friend to Dylan, despite her anger.

Jones has nothing new to offer with this well-worn plot theme.  Low recommend.

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Filed under ** Low recommend, 2000s, Gay, High School

My Invented Life by Lauren Bjorkman

aHenry Holt, 2009

Lesbian/Questioning – High School

Sisters Roz and Eva, a year apart, have always been best friends and confidantes, but suddenly Eva is shutting out Roz, their parents, and her best friend Carmen. Roz is hurt and is looking for reasons for this sudden change in her sister.

Both sisters participate in theatre at school, with Eva always winning the main roles. When Roz wins the role of Rosalind in “As You Like It,” she worries that this is the reason Eva is mad.

When she discovers Eva has a lesbian novel hidden under her covers, she guesses that Eva is a lesbian and is afraid of coming out. Always the more gregarious and impetuous, Roz, whose (male) crush is dating Eva, decides that girls could be a possibility in her future, and decides to come out to pave the way for Eva.

Encountering some unexpected homophobia in the form of name-calling and pranks, even from her sister, Roz plows bravely forward with her new “lifestyle,” and strikes back with pranks and attacks of her own.

Mirroring “As You Like It,” Roz and Carmen, and the members of the drama club all seem to be in love with, or have crushes on the wrong people. And as in the play, all is sorted out in the end, with the “real” lesbian(s) standing up, the sisters reunited, and Roz with a surprising new love interest of her own.

Overlooking the annoying cover photo, this was actually an entertaining light read that teens will enjoy.

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Filed under *** A good read, 2000s, High School, Lesbian, Questioning

I’ve Known Since I Was Eight by Sophie Glasser

aiUniverse, 2003

Sarah, an eleventh grader, has known that she was a lesbian since she was eight, but this is the year when she finally comes to terms with it. With the support of her bisexual friend Jarod, the only person she feels she can talk to about her feelings, she attends a support group for LGBT teens, and finally manages to come out to the girl she has a crush on, and finally her parents.

Most of her friends are accepting, but Sarah, Jarod, and their dates the prom have to deal with some homophobic violence from other students. Fortunately, their straight friends stand by them, and the teachers are responsive when approached for help.

While there is nothing outstanding about this book, its thin 126 page format is sure to be attractive to reluctant readers.

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Filed under *** A good read, 2000s, High School, Lesbian

Just a Boy by Rob Clinger

justHaworth Press, 2007     ISBN: 1560236612

Seventeen year old Jove is attracted to some of his male friends, particularly to Jason who lives next door, as well as to a neighbor’s gardener he’s been spying on. He’s relieved that the girlfriend he doesn’t really care about is going away for the summer. Through a series of typical ups and downs over the next few months, Jove comes out, and finally finds himself with the boyfriend he’s wanted all along.

Unfortunately the writing is stilted, and the chapters, at approximately three pages each, are annoyingly short. Oddly, the publisher has chosen to put copyright information at the bottom of the first page of each chapter, and I found that interrupted the flow of the story even more.

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Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole

downHarperTeen, 2008     ISBN: 0060843101

Cuban-American teen Laura gets thrown out of  Catholic school and home all on the same day when her relationship with another girl is discovered. She and Marlena are forcibly separated, and Laura must decide whether going straight, if she can pull it off, is worth it, in order to be allowed home.

Fortunately Laura has friends who make sure she doesn’t end up homeless, and who help her accept herself and stand firm with her mother.

Heartbreaking and funny, and absolutely a must read. Unlike many young adult books, Dole addresses issues of culture and class head-on.

AWARDS: CCBC Choice Award; Americas Award Commended Title; ALA Rainbow Project 2009 List; Taysha’s List, 2009

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Filed under ***** Must Read, 2000s, Book Awards