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Jul 21 '14
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Jul 21 '14

J. L. Douglas blogs about The Second Mango

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The whole review is here. Her own lesbian YA novel Lunaside, which takes place at a summer camp, comes out some time soon, and I look forward to reading it.

Shira Glassman’s characters came across to me, the avid-yet-sometimes jaded reader of LGBT-YA romance, as much more than just points on some PC focus group checklist (as sometimes happens in this genre unfortunately). I really felt like these were real people, and totally lost myself in their lives for the few hours it took to fly through this book.

I highly identified with both of her main characters. There’s Shulamit who, despite being a seemingly respected queen of a refreshingly tropical and also Jewish nation, still has to navigate accepting and getting over the guilt of her feelings for women in a world that doesn’t really understand.

Plus, she’s also incredibly neurotic and has food intolerances. As an anxious vegan, I couldn’t help nod my head at all the little scenes where she has to wrestle with people not understanding her dietary restrictions. But it’s written in a way that the point is that Shulamit’s way of being conflicts with almost everyone around her, and I think most can relate to that.

Then there’s Rivka, the warrior. She is physically strong, and often presents as male in this world where people do not think that a woman should have muscles and wield a sword.

A world that, unfortunately, isn’t all that different from our own. I am a pretty avid amateur sprinter and I find that even sometimes within the world of hobby athletics there are still women who feel the pressure to “look hot.” And, of course, then there are the outsiders who assume that this goal is why anyone would exercise in the first place.

But some of us (I like to think most) are like Rivka. We just want to be strong in our own ways.

I think that is why this book resonated with me so much. Shulamit and Rivka are both strong women in ways that go beyond the average “Strong Women” tropes so prevalent in mainstream YA novels. These are just fallible, human women I could easily have known, and that’s really the best kind of writing, isn’t it?

The Second Mango is available directly from Prizm Books, from Amazon, and from Wild Iris Books, a LGBTQ+/feminist bookstore and community space in Gainesville, Florida.

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Jul 21 '14

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Jul 20 '14

Krait reviews How Still My Love by Diane Marina

Krait reviews How Still My Love by Diane Marina

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I was looking for a fluffy contemporary romance when I picked up How Still My Love, and with a few caveats, I think it delivered.

The novel follows Beth, a woman who’s thrown herself into work at her successful graphic design studio after the end of a disastrous (and abusive) relationship several years past. Her best friends set her up on a blind date with Toni, a local schoolteacher, and the…

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Jul 20 '14

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Queer books out in July 2014. Know any others?

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Jul 20 '14
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Revolution is not a one-time event.
— Audre Lorde

PRAISE THE LORDE

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Revolution is not a one-time event.

— Audre Lorde

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Jul 20 '14

Danika reviews Polymorph by Scott Westerfeld

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I debated whether or not to review this book at the Lesbrary. It’s definitely not a lesbian book, but it is queer, and since I have a policy of reviewing every book I read that could be posted here, I decided to go ahead. I found Polymorphin a crowded used bookstore while travelling, and picked it up because the idea of a person who changes their body completely at will was fascinating to me,…

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Jul 19 '14

Books with Bisexual Characters (a Compilation)

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Additional resources (x, x, x, x, x)

List of Bisexual Characters in Literature

Bisexual-Books Tumblog

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Jul 18 '14

Review - Frenemy of the People by Nora Olson

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You know what my favorite thing about this book is?  

HERE IS A STORY ABOUT A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A BISEXUAL GIRL AND A LESBIAN WHERE THE BI GIRL DOESN’T JUST EXIST AS A DISHONEST AND MANIPULATIVE FOIL TO HIGHLIGHT THE SWEET INNOCENT LESBIAN CHARACTER.   

Yeah I put that in all caps and bolded it.  Because it is that important.   Because after choices like Bermudez Triangle/On The Count of Three and The Difference Between Me And You, teens deserve better.  Bisexual teens deserve better.   

And Frenemy of the People delivers.   

Clarissa just realized she is bi and after having to give up her riding lessons because of her parents dire financial situation, she decides to try starting up a GSA.   Lexie has been the only out teen at her school for years and wears her angry radical dyke armor with pride.   They hate each other from the beginning.  But when Clarissa begs her to come to GSA, sparks start to fly.   

This book is both a slow romance, a laugh out loud comedy, and a drama with unexpected depth.  There is a core of social justice in this book that is really refreshing.   Early on in the book, Clarissa comes down on Lexie like a ton of bricks for using the slur ‘retarded’ and it is beautiful.   And Lexie does exactly what you’re supposed to do when called out — apologizes and does better.   Clarissa also doesn’t take any biphobic shit.  Lexie cares a lot about animal welfare and class issues.   Clarissa acknowledges that she doesn’t know much about trans people but also shows an openness and eagerness to learn as part of starting her GSA.  

Frenemy of the People also really knocks it out of the park with Desi, Clarissa’s older sister who has Down Syndrome.   Desi never feels like a ‘very special character’ and she doesn’t exist to inspire or educate anyone.   Also the subtle messages about ableism in this book were great.   Olson is not above subverting tropes of disability ‘inspiration porn’ as the girls campaign for Desi to become homecoming queen.  Desi also joins them on their totally illegal and highly awesome nighttime vandalism.  

I still think Olson could use a stronger editor to help her sharpen up some of her characterizations.   Lexie comes off a bit too knowledgeable about mortgages and the housing crisis and Clarissa’s temper tantrum when Lexie’s mother buys her horse was a bit much for a teen that had been so level-headed in the lead up.  But this book was light-years ahead of her last, Swans and Klons, which I thought was a hot mess.   

But fundamentally this is a fun and sweet mixed-orientation romance with a real social justice heart.  I highly recommend.  

- Sarah  

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Jul 17 '14
Love demands expression. It will not stay still, stay silent, be good, be modest, be seen and not heard, no. It will break out in tongues of praise, the high note that smashes the glass and spills the liquid. It is no conservationist love. It is a big game hunter and you are the game.
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