1. Before I Let Go

Before I Let Go

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Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their tiny snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. But as Kyra starts to struggle with her bipolar disorder, Corey’s family moves away. Worried about what might happen in her absence, Corey makes Kyra promise that she’ll stay strong during the long, dark winter.

The reason I picked the book is that Corey is a wonderful ace lead and Kyra is also pan and there also other queer characters in the book.

You can find my review here.

2)The Henna Wars

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Nishat was ready to come out to her family, or so she though, she wasn’t ready however for being iced out, being barely spoken to or being spoken about. She want to keep her family but she doesn’t want to hide who she is, and if the thought things were a problem when she was a lesbian theoretically. When childhood best friend Flávia walks back into her life and her school she falls for her instantly.

I chose this book because it shows the effect of being queer in non-western setting and the idea of having to chose your family over your idenity.

You can find my review here

3) Even if We Break

Even If We Break by [Marieke Nijkamp]

For five friends it was supposed to be one last game. A getaway before everyone went their separate way, a chance to say goodbye. To each other and the the the game they’ve been been playing for the last three years of high school.

But everyone has their their own demons and everyone is hiding secrets. Some of them have reason to be paranoid, but others are hiding secrets that puts the whole group at risk.

This book also features lots of trans and queer characters. I chose it because it has become my stadard for writing who surives a horror novel.

You can find my review here

4 B*Witch

B*WITCH by [Paige McKenzie]

New girl and secret witch Iris just wants to get through her first day of school without a panic attack. The last thing she expects is to be taken in by a coven of three witches: soft-spoken Greta, thoughtful and musical Ridley, and fiery and spirited Binx. They may be the first witches Iris has met IRL, but their coven is not alone in their small northwestern town.

I chose this book because while I’ve just started this book you can find queer and trans girls even in the beginnnings of the book and they are given smart leading roles.

I’m working on this book right now for a reading challenge and can’t wait to see what more it has to offer.

5) Summer and July

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Two girls become friends and help each other with their own problems, a sweet first love story. I chose it because it’s sweet queer read and we deserve sweet stuff too. It’s just a cute book, that deals with serious issues with identity and loss.

Mosier has a particular talent a writing emotionally, and it’s evident in this book you really connect with both girls stories as well as their emotional development.

My review can be found here

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