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Member # 79774
posted 01-08-2014 07:36 AM
I love, and always have, children's and Young Adult fiction.
Something that's conspicuously missing from my own collection is books with queer, gender non-conforming, trans or genderqueer characters, or books containing representations of queer relationships. Clearly, I'm missing out for no good reason. Time to put that right and discover heaps more awesome books! I figured maybe you'd also all like to discuss and share books that you like or that you'd like to discover. So, what Young Adult and/or children's books do or did you love, or had a big impact on you? This being Scarleteen, we're particularly interested in books that represent relationships or sexuality in a powerful, insightful or helpful way; or books with LGBTQ characters or showing different relationship models; or maybe simply books that avoid gendered assumptions and have awesome non-gender-stereotypical characters. Please, introduce me and each other to a wonderful world of new books
Member # 3
posted 01-08-2014 10:29 AM
Francesca Lia Block can help fit some of that bill, Redskies, and she is also just an utterly fantastic writer. One of my faves in or outside of the YA genre.
Member # 25425
posted 01-08-2014 02:32 PM
The first LGBT book that I read was
Annie on my Mind. I was about 14 at the time and browsing through the LBGT-lit section at the library (which contained like ... 4 books). I absolutely loved the book. Years later, I found out that it's a classic, and every lesbian in my generation read that book in their teens
Member # 35643
posted 01-09-2014 02:49 AM
Recently read Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger. I thought it was really trans-positive and a quick page turner for young people too.
Member # 42492
posted 01-31-2014 12:10 AM
I love Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries, which are 1000% more awesome than anyone who hasn't read (not watched- movies have a completely different plot/message) have ever given them.
Also, John Green. I know everyone is talking about A Fault in Our Stars (which is amazing), but I like Paper Towns even more, because it deals with things that I think anyone can relate to, and does it beautifully. Perks of Being a Wallflower is so good, it should almost be a requirement for teens to read. Probably one of the most realistic portrayals of teens I've seen. If I think of any more, I'll add to it! Love a good books rec!
Member # 108189
posted 01-31-2014 11:14 AM
Just finished Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and really enjoyed it. I think it has some excellent descriptions of what it's like to feel love and desire, and it subverted some conventions of the standard high school drama genre really nicely.
I also second Atonement's recommendation of Paper Towns as one of John Green's best.