Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behaviour. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.
I love books. By now, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. But another thing is that I’m a student. And who says student also says 1) broke; and 2) doesn’t have much room to keep books. Also, for me, there’s the eventuality of 3) might have to take all of these books back home someday (boy, I’m not looking forward to that).
The solution to these problems? A simple word: library. You might have noticed with my last post that I adore libraries, and it would be a space I’d like to work in. For now, though, I just spend a lot of time there (they have AC, which, right now, is a godsend), studying, reading, writing or just people-watching. And, of course, I borrow books! Because these books are free. So, in honour of the library that became sort of my home-away-from-home, here is a little compilation of the books that I’m currently burrowing. Rest assured that, though I tend to borrow a lot of books at the time, I’m always on time to give them back 😉
Any of these you’ve read? Any that you’re interested in? Let me know!
Yes, when I said a lot, I did mean a lot.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always surprised by how good and new these books look! I’m more used to library books that look well-read and well-loved, this is a nice change (though I don’t have anything against more used books, of course). I’ll include a short summary and cover picture of all books – unless otherwise mentioned, these come from Goodreads.
The Young Adult
“Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.
Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.”
Let me start this post by saying that I’ve read most, if not all, of the books that are typically suggested when someone looks for Young Adult LGBTQ+ novels. I’ve read them and I’ve liked them, so this is absolutely not a criticism of these novels.
But let us be honest for a while. I feel like every time I’m looking for some new LGBTQ+ stories, the same old ones appear. Aristotle and Dante. Simon and the Homo sapiens Agenda. More Happy Than Not. Carry On. These are all incredible novels, and if you haven’t read them yet, I can only recommend you do it now! However, I love hearing about the not so well-known novels, those that don’t have the same number of reviews as, say, Carry On has on Goodreads.
So there it is – a gift to myself and every other reader who’s looking for representation: a list of five not-so-famous LGBTQ+ YA novels. Some of these I’ve read; some are on my ”read it as soon as possible” list (it’s quit a long list, unfortunately). Feel free to drop more in the comments; I’ll add them on the list and credit you for it!
“Brody Fair feels like nobody gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and definitely not the girls in the projects set on making his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a “knock-off Narnia” that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday for Nico and his band of present-day misfits and miscreants.
Here Brody finds his tribe and a weekly respite from a world where he feels out of place. But when the doors to Everland begin to disappear, Brody is forced to make a decision: He can say goodbye to Everland and to Nico, or stay there and risk never seeing his family again.”
Do you love Peter Pan? Do you love diverse characters? Then this book is made for you!
“Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind…Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lilias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.”