Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Books I Read for Pride Month

Hello! Pride Month just ended, and I thought I'd share with you the books I read in honor of Pride!

Image result for being jazz my life as a transgender1. Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings

My Rating: 4 stars
Representation: trans girl, other queer people mentioned (#ownvoices)
Quick Review: This memoir by teenage trans activist Jazz Jennings gives a full-life view into the experiences of (one) transgender teen. I found reading about another teen trans activist very interesting, especially since Jazz came out and transitioned so much younger than most of us. Her writing was relatively simplistic, but what can you expect from a teenager that's not exactly a professional writer? That being said, Jazz's writing was much better and easier to read than other teen writers I've read, so props to her. I would recommended this book to both cis (non-trans) and trans people of pretty much any age, teen and up, that wants to get an idea of what it's like to be transgender, though I would keep in mind that this is a very privileged experience! (Just saying.)

The Traitor's Tunnel (A Trident Chronicles Novella)2. The Traitor's Tunnel (A Trident Chronicles Novella) by C.M. Spivey

My Rating: 5 stars
Representation: pansexuality, ace-spectrum, several queer characters (#ownvoices)
Quick Review: This novella is a prequel to Spivey's Trident Chronicles, though it is not necessary to read that book before reading this one. (I didn't, and it mostly made sense, though I will be reading this series after reading this novella!) I'm glad I've been finding so many LGBTQ+ fantasies lately, as I almost always love them. This story has a variety of queer characters, including the two main characters, their love interests, and other side characters. I love how this story normalizes asking someone's pronouns, getting consent from partners, and calling people by gender neutral pronouns ("ze" is used here) before you know their gender, which is something that is pretty much never seen anywhere, and I would love to see more of it, especially in YA. This novella also has a simple yet enjoyable plot, as well as lovable (and shipable) characters. And it definitely leaves me wanting more of this world!

Image result for half truths and half lies sally green3. Half Lies and Half Truths (The Half Bad Trilogy #0.5 and #0.6) by Sally Green

My Rating: 3 stars (for both)
Representation: gay male character (not #ownvoices)
Image result for half truths and half lies sally greenQuick Review: Half Lies follows the sister of a character named Gabriel (one of the main characters from the trilogy), but Gabriel also plays a major role, and his gayness is treated very well and casually, though it is not the focus of the story. Half Truths is told from three points of view, but it is focused on Gabriel right after the events in Half Lies, as well as his love interest (in this novella), Jon. Both stories were pretty enjoyable, though it's kind of hard to really love a novella. It kind of hurt to read after already finishing the Half Bad Trilogy (trying not to spoil things), but considering that each of these stories are only $0.99 on Amazon, they were definitely worth purchasing. It was also pretty entertaining to read about Europeans in America and then in Switzerland while being an American in Switzerland...


Image result for boy meets boy4. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

My Rating: 4 stars
Representation: several gay characters, bisexual character, ...drag queen/trans girl? (she's referred to as a drag queen but goes by female pronouns all the time so idk this was 2003) (#ownvoices for the gay characters)
Quick Review: For a queer book written in 2003, this book surprised me. Boy Meets Boy takes place in a strange town where homophobia is rare and gay-straight alliances exist in 2003 (12 years before my own). It's nearly a gay utopia, which is probably what queer kids needed in 2003 to be honest. This is definitely the kind of book I would give to young gay kids. Like, someone please give this to eleven-year-old me. All eleven-year-old me needed was cute gays being themselves, and that's exactly what this book is. Obviously, this isn't the kind of thing every queer kid needs (it might disappoint them when they realize that reality isn't like this), but it was a nice escape from the slurs I get called daily, and my school is considered pretty accepting! But still, that kind of thing isn't for everyone.


Did you read any LGBTQ+ books for pride? Tell me in the comments! And if you have any queer book recommendations (bonus points if you can come up with one I haven't heard of!), you can tell me there as well.

Happy July! Aka LGBTQ+ Wrath Month.