Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Riley Cavanaugh, the child of a conservative congressman, is gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and some days as a girl. Now Riley is starting over at a public school and dealing with the congressman’s campaign. A therapist recommends Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent, and Riley creates one under the name Alix. The blog goes viral. Alix/Riley will have to make a decision: abandon the blog or come out and risk everything. Symptoms of Being Human, by Jeff Garvin, describes one experience of being gender fluid and shows.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako

At the threshold of puberty, two fifth graders, Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki, live with loving families and are well-liked by their classmates, but they share a secret. Nitori is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. As they try to figure out their gender identities and places in the world, they have to deal with their peers’ reactions. Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako is a coming-of-age manga about two transgender kids and the exploration of gender.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

James Liddell is in the closet in his small Vermont town. Everyone in town knows him to be a star athlete who is dating sweet Theresa. He writes his darkest secrets in letters that he will never send, like Abraham Lincoln. He likes boys. As he figures out who he is, he befriends new people and works through his problems in writing.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Modern Fantasy · Review

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay, is an anthology of the fictional lives of women: difficult women, loose women, crazy women, frigid women, married women, and dead women. There are some flash fiction, contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy and other types of short stories. This collection expands the labels given to “difficult” women, and they show each woman in the story as a real person, how she got this way, and why she is the person she is.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Pub. Date: 2013 Genres: Contemporary Realistic Fiction, YA Pages: 308 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars Lucy Beck-Moreau, once a famous child pianist, is still trying to cope with quitting piano. She decided to quit when her family hid that her grandmother was dying before a performance in Prague. When the… Continue reading The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pub. Date: 2013 Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Romance, YA Pages: 435 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars When Cath and her identical twin, Wren, start college, Cath has to strike it out on her own with a stranger for a roommate, a fiction writing class, and an obsession with writing Simon… Continue reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review

Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori

Series: Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 Translator: Kenichiro Yagi Publisher: Viz Media Pub. Date: 2005 (2014 for this edition) Genres: Shoujo Manga, Comedy, Romance Pages: 178 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars Haruhi Fujioka, a student at the exclusive and prestigious Ouran High School, stumbles into Music Room 3, seeking a quiet place to study.… Continue reading Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pub. Date: 2015 Genre: Contemporary YA, Romance Pages: 303 Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Back in June, I saw Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda on display at the library in honor of LGBT Pride Month, but I got around to reading it in July. I was looking for LGBT books at the time.… Continue reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Publisher: Poppy/Little, Brown and Company Pub. Date: 2012 Genre: Contemporary YA, Romance Pages: 236 Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan missed her flight by minutes. She reluctantly has to reschedule the flight because this excuse would not be good enough to skip her father’s wedding. On her new flight, she meets a British… Continue reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

First Edition. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. 323 pp. US $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-054141-5. Genres: Realistic fiction, Romance, Young Adult, Chick Lit Synopsis from Inside Front Cover: Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells… Continue reading 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson