If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – Review (Blogmas)

Title: If I Was Your Girl

Author: Meredith Russo

Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary, YA

Publication Date: May 3rd 2016

Publisher: Osborne Publishing

Pages: 293

Summary: Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she’s falling in love with. Amanda has a secret. At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out.

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – Review

Title: Two Boys Kissing

Author: David Levithan

Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Publication Date: March 27th 2014

Publisher: Egmont

Pages: 256

Summary: The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They’re hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They’re not a couple, but they used to be.

Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different. Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next. Cooper is alone. He’s not sure how he feels.

As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love under the watchful eyes of a Greek chorus of a generation of men lost to AIDS. David Levithan connects recent history with the present moment in a novel that is both a celebration of equality and a memorial to a lost generation.

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David Inside Out by Lee Bantle – Review

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Title: David Inside Out

Author: Lee Bantle

Genre: Coming Of Age, YA, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Publication Date: May 12th 2009

Publisher: Square Fish

Pages: 185

Summary: David Dahlgren, a high-school senior, finds solace in running with the track team; he’s a fast runner, and he enjoys the camaraderie. But team events become a source of tension when he develops a crush on one of his teammates, Sean. Scared to admit his feelings, David does everything he can to suppress them: he dates a girl, keeps his distance from his best friend who has become openly gay, and snaps a rubber band on his wrist every time he has “inappropriate” urges. Before long, Sean expresses the thoughts David has been trying to hide, and everything changes for the better. Or so it seems.

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LGBTQ+ Book Club Update – Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Our LGBTQ+ book club has been running for quite some time now, and we’re on our fourth book of the club! We’re all so happy with how well received all these books have been and how many people are getting involved. More so, me and Sophie have been managing to read the same books every month, which never happens and was the ultimate goal of this whole book club.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth – Review (Sophie)

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Author: Emily M. Danforth

Genre: YA, LGBTQ+, Fiction

Publication Date: 7th February 2012

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 480

Summary: When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship — one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultra-religious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self — even if she’s not exactly sure who that is. Continue reading

Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe – Review (Sarah)

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It’s come to the end of the second month for our second book of Book Club! For the last two months we’ve been reading Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe. Our next book starts on the 1st of July, (we’ll reveal that at the end of the post) so make sure you get your hands on it to join in our read-along for that one! Also don’t forget to use the hashtag #TLCCBookClub on Twitter to let us know you’re reading along!

Title: Girl Hearts Girl

Author: Lucy Sutcliffe

Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, LGBTQ+

Publisher: Scholastic 

Publication Date: June 24th 2016

Pages: 273

Summary: Lucy always knew that her idea of Prince Charming was different to that of other girls…

And then she meets Kaelyn online – and everything starts to make sense. Could her Prince Charming be a girl?

An inspiring and uplifting memoir about falling in love and finding yourself.

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BEDM: Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe Review (Sophie)

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It’s time for the first of our reviews for book two in our LGBTQ+ Book Club! If you haven’t been involved up to now, it’s super easy and there’s a long time frame. Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe is our read for the months of May and June so if you want to read along with us and share your views, please do! You could comment, tweet us or even write your own blog post where you could tag us so we can see what you thought.

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Author: Lucy Sutcliffe 

Genre: Non-fiction, LGBTQ+

Publisher: Scholastic

Publication Date: 24th June 2016

Pages: 273

Summary: Lucy always knew that her idea of Prince Charming was different to that of other girls…

And then she meets Kaelyn online – and everything starts to make sense. Could her Prince Charming be a girl?

An inspiring and uplifting memoir about falling in love and finding yourself. Continue reading