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Rage – A Love Story by Julie Anne Peters

aKnopf, 2009

Lesbian – High School

Johanna has been nursing a wild crush on Reeve, who she scarcely knows. She grasps at the opportunity to make a place in Reeve’s life for herself, even as Reeve pushes her away, and as her friends, and ex-lovers of Reeve’s warn her that she’s getting into trouble. Reeve lives in a home permeated with violence, drug and alcohol abuse. She struggles to survive and protect her brother Robbie, who is perhaps autistic. She can’t risk letting anyone get close to her, and violence is the only way she knows to push people away. Johanna, however, keeps coming back for more, in a pattern that becomes almost impossible to be willing to break.

Teens will find themselves deeply engaged in this very well-written book which deals realistically with the difficult issues raised; however, it is disappointing to read yet another LGBT novel that is so filled with pain and violence and hopeless relationships.

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

aScholastic, 2011.

Lesbian/Transgender – High School

In this very popular, and over-the-top novel, a group of teenage beauty contestants are stranded on an apparently deserted island when their plane crashes. With few resources they manage to survive storms, people-eating snakes, snarky infighting, and pirates. When they uncover an arms-dealing conspiracy related to the beauty pageant, the young women put their heads together and put a stop to it, saving themselves, and continuing to practice for their pageant in the meantime. Among the contestants is a lesbian teen, and one of the pirates is transgender.

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Fat Angie by e.e. Charlton-Trujillo

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Candlewick, 2013.

Lesbian – Highschool

Angie’s older sister has been captured by enemy forces in Iraq, and Angie is the only member of her seriously dysfunctional family to believe her sister is still alive. Her younger brother has been acting out, and is seeing a court-appointed therapist – and their mother has started dating said therapist, believing that no one knows. Angie reacts to all the stress by having a nervous breakdown at school, and by eating. Her mother constantly attacks her for both things, furious that Angie is showing their family as less than perfect. Along with the constant struggles at home, Angie faces constant bullying at school.

When new girl, K.C. Romance, refuses to side with the bullies, and befriends Angie, she hardly knows how to handle it. And when K.C. comes out to her (“You mean gay, like gay girl, gay?) and expresses an interest in Angie,  things slowly begin to turn around for her. While nothing goes smoothly, Angie finally begins to heal.

Have a box of tissues handy for this one.  Recommended

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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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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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Gravity by Leanne Lieberman

aOrca Book Publishers, 2008

Lesbian – High School

Good girl Ellen Gold has been comfortable in her Orthodox Jewish life until she meets and falls for Lindsay. She consults the Torah, and anonymously writes the Rabbi’s wife for advice. In order not to think about her, she memorizes the periodical table, the Latin names of sea stars, pulls out her hair, bites the inside of her cheek until it bleeds, etc.

She finally begins sneaking over to Lindsay’s house after school where she guiltily indulges her desires. With her older sister’s encouragement, she begins to accept herself, and also to realize that Lindsay is not the person she would risk losing her family over. The change in Ellen is a bit too facile, while her angst seems very real.

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My Tiki Girl by Jennifer McMahon

mytikiDutton, 2008. ISBN: 0525479430

Maggie finds her old friendships and school don’t hold much interest anymore after her mother dies in a car accident that she feels she was the cause of. She takes up with new girl and outsider Dahlia, and begins to spend lots of time with her and her wacky (read mentally ill) mother, and cute but disturbed younger brother, to the point of neglecting her schoolwork and ignoring her father. She falls in love with Dahlia, and Dahlia seemingly returns her feelings until others find out. Suddenly Dahlia wants nothing more than to fit in with the popular kids, and Maggie is left out in the cold. Meanwhile, Dahlia’s family is racing toward implosion, and despite their problems, Maggie tries to be there for her friend. In the critical end, Maggie must call on her father to act as the adult in a situation that has spun way out of Dahlia’s or Maggie’s control.

An honest book that looks at issues of death, alcohol abuse, alienation, class differences, and mental illness, along with the joys of first love, sexuality, and the importance of family.

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