Nonfiction · Review

Trans Voices by Declan Henry

Trans Voices: Becoming Who You Are, by Declan Henry, compiles the words of trans individuals and explanations of issues. The book discusses everyday experiences, transitioning, treatments, surgeries, discrimination, and legal and healthcare issues. In this book, Henry attempts to educate the cisgender population about the lives and experiences of trans individuals to increase acceptance and understanding.

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.

Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell starts with Simon Snow heading to Watford for his last year of mage school. He alone can defeat the Insidious Humdrum, who is draining the world of magic. Baz Pitch, Simon’s evil roommate and resident vampire, is missing from school, which drives Simon crazy. When Baz comes back, he and Simon try to find the mage who killed…

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 · Poetry · Review · Young Adult

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

Synopsis from Inside Cover: Matthew Turner doesn’t have faith in anything. Not in family — his is a shambles after his younger brother was bullied into suicide. Not in so-called friends who turn their backs when things get tough. Not in some all-powerful creator who lets too much bad stuff happen. And certainly not in… Continue reading Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Caught in the Crossfire by Juliann Rich

Synopsis from Goodreads: Two boys at Bible camp; one forbidden love. That is the dilemma sixteen-year-old Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, an oasis for teen believers situated along Minnesota’s rugged north shore. He is expecting a summer of mosquito bites, bonfires with s’mores, and photography classes with Simon,… Continue reading Caught in the Crossfire by Juliann Rich