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Tell Me How You Really Feel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250299482
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 11th, 2019

This YA novel is essentially Rory-and-Paris fanfic, if Rory was Persian and Paris was Jewish-Mexican. Oh, and if they were lesbians with secret crushes on one another. It's everything you wanted that Netflix's last season of Gilmore Girls didn't deliver.

 

Rachel and Sana hate each other. When a chance blunder at school forces a collaboration in Rachel's senior film, neither girl trusts the other to get it right. And, as much as she is loathe to agree with her film adviser, Rachel knows Sana is perfectly cast as her Helen of Troy. Soon, the prim cheerleader is narrating the Greek epic and demanding other changes. With only 30 days left to meet academic deadlines, Rachel needs the film to be perfect to clinch her spot at NYU... and Sana needs a distraction as she runs down the clock on mailing her deposit to Princeton. The sweetest romance could bloom between them if they cast aside fear and their prep school personas. 


Review by Danielle

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Writing a review for this book is gonna be hard but I'm going to try. This may be the I best book I've read this year. So many raw and stunning sentences just waiting for you to fall in love with.  Told through letters from a son to a mother, I underlined the hell out of my copy. It broke my heart but it also put it back together. Read this and join the Ocean Vuong fan club with me. 


Review by Rosa

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Ghost Wall: A Novel Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780374161927
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 8th, 2019

A reenactment of a romanticized past becomes an inescapable descent into the ugliest and most primitive side of humanity. Succinct in its suspense, you won't realize you've been holding your breath until the very last page. 


Review by Sarah C.

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We Set the Dark on Fire Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062691316
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 26th, 2019

Latinx culture. Near-future fantasy island. Espionage and arranged marriage. Queer romance.

 

In short, a gripping feminist story with excellent stakes, world-building, and character development that ends in a cliff-hanger. Let's just say I need book two of this duology immediately.


Review by Danielle

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What If It's Us Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062795250
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: HarperTeen - October 9th, 2018

The whole concept of “meant to be” is filled with lots of exhausting caveats. Are the stars aligned? Does everything feel effortless? Does it feel right? But really, fate and coincidence are all just little chances that we either take, or we don’t. At least, that’s what Ben and Arthur believe. When their meet-cute at a post office in New York City doesn't immediately lead into a romantic montage of bliss, they aren’t worried. By both believing that do-overs are an essential part of life and that important relationships don’t always come about effortlessly, Ben and Arthur’s romance is meant to be because they want it to be so. Through all the meet-cutes, witty dialogue, and, of course, the do-overs, this story is one of the sweetest I’ve read about all the awkwardness and wonder of falling in love for the first time. And who knows, it could be just the book you need? Maybe your reading of this review was…meant to be?


Review by Claire

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Everything Under: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978266
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 23rd, 2018

In this gender-bending retelling of the Oedipus myth, Johnson's words gnash, bite, and bruise, taking on a harsh beauty that mirrors the darkness of the river canal wilderness. With interweaving perspectives and characters on the edge of madness or beyond, this book is one of my most memorable reads of the last few years. 


Review by Sarah C.

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By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781684151929
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Published: BOOM! Box - July 31st, 2018

Take:

  • Cutthroat competion
  • Heartthrob athletes in various states of (un)dress
  • Painfully well-executed cliffhangers
  • Rivalry rife with sexual tension

and you get this cheeky, enthralling, character-driven volume for those who wish the Rocky movies were a little gayer.


Review by Niki

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Speak No Evil: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780061284922
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Harper - March 6th, 2018

Niru and Meredith, highschoolers in Washington, D.C., are outstanding students, runners, best friends and more, until Niru faces the facts of being gay. Once his Nigerian parents discover his sexual preferences, Niru is beaten by his father and taken to the parish priest, who recommends a return to Nigeria to be "cured." A powerful, poignant coming of age tale, this story spotlights the joy of carefree youth careening toward tragic destinations!


Review by Jane

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George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545812573
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

George's titular character is a transgender 4th grade girl whose unwavering faith in herself provides a model for all readers to aspire to. The supportive relationship that George has with her best friend Melissa assures readers that, with friends who encourage you to be your most authentic self, anything is possible. 


Review by Niki

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781328759870
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

This short story collection celebrates the chance encounters and first connections that teens invariably make in their romantic lives. The stories are diverse in genre and perspective, and flutter with balanced doses of hope and heartbreak. Read somewhere cozy with a cup of something warm and sweet. 


Review by Niki

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