Time for the second part of the It’s Pride! feature here at A Word and a Whisper to celebrate LGBT Pride Month 🙂 Today I’m going to be talking about some queer books I’ve read this year and what I thought of them.
- Before I Let Go | Marieke Nijkamp – Ugh ugh ugh, I HATED this book. Actually I might have read it last year. But it’s a 2018 book so I wanted to talk about it. So this book is about Corey and how she goes home to her weird town after her friend Kyra dies mysteriously. She learns that Kyra was painting “prophecies” during manic depressive episodes. I hated this book because nobody took Kyra’s mental illness seriously, and it just seemed like a thriller device for the book even though it obviously was serious. I really didn’t like this one.
- Let’s Talk About Love | Claire Kann – I ADORED this book; it was so delightful. It’s about a black ace girl who works at a library for the summer and falls for a guy Takumi. This book is just full of love and seems to be a good ace representation. It brought up a lot of topics related to being ace that I myself have never considered (probably because I do not identify as ace). I just loved Alice and thought the romance was so cute and all the characters were joyful.
- Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli – I was so excited for a book about a fat, bisexual girl drummer. Sadly, I was really disappointed. It read like Simon fanfic, and none of the characters felt fully realized to me. There’s also a really hurtful bi comment in there that is never dealt with enough, and it bothered me. This book claimed to be great bisexual rep, but it still felt like it was lifting up white gay guys by not being a full enough story.
- Love & Other Carnivorous Plants | Florence Gonsalves – I was so excited for this book, but was disappointed by this one as well, unfortunately. It’s about a girl who just got out of a mental institution struggling with an eating disorder, who falls for a girl she met while inside the institution. I really wanted to like this one so much, and I did like the writing and find the voice very strong and different, but the story fell flat for me. You can read more of my thoughts here.
- The Brightsiders | Jen Wilde – No pun intended, but this book was such a huge bright spot for me last month. I LOVED Jen Wilde’s sophomore novel and am now even more excited to read QUEENS OF GEEK when I can get around to it. You can read my full gushing here, but in short, this book has super amazing diversity, and puts a great twist on a teen celebrity story that I just loved.
Unfortunately, it seems like I haven’t really enjoyed most 2018 queer books I’ve read so far. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy more from the list I posted last week though. I also have a lot of queer books on my backlist TBR that sound really good, so maybe I should read some of those also. In short, I am hoping that the queer books will only get better from here.
Are any of these on your TBR? Have you read any? What did you think?