Tuesday 11 December 2018

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PULPStories Tour: Robin Talley's LGBTQ* YA Recomendations

Today is my stop on the #PULPstories Tour, the blog tour for Robin Talley's latest novel, Pulp, which was published on 16th November! Robin is stopping by the blog with a guest post, recommending a number of LGBTQ* YA novels.

Robin TalleyDarius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib KhorramDarius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. This story, about a 15-year-old Iranian-American boy on his first-ever trip to Iran where he quickly becomes close friends with a very intriguing local boy, might be my favorite read of 2018, and that’s saying a lot. Darius is smart, hilarious, and misunderstood by pretty much everyone around him, and I would happily read 50 Darius sequels if it meant I got to spend more time inside his head.

All Out edited by Saundra MitchellAll Out edited by Saundra Mitchell This anthology of historical short stories, all by queer authors about queer characters, is everything I wish I’d had when I was a queer kid growing up, but never dreamed might actually exist one day. It’s got queer witches in the Spanish Inquisition, a trans Robin Hood, an asexual girl in the 1970s roller disco scene, and so much more. Plus I wrote a story for it, set at Kensington Palace in 1726 about a romance between two servant girls to a very prickly princess.

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan. Reading this extremely funny novel about a closeted queer girl at a snooty private school is like eating a giant piece of rainbow candy. I defy you not to adore Leila and gobble up her adventures with mean girls, school theater cliques and unrequited romance. Plus the gloriously pink cover is one of my all-time favorites.

Adaptation by Malinda LoAdaptation by Malinda Lo. This captivating sci-fi novel about a bisexual girl in San Francisco who gets caught up in a very creepy alien invasion crawled under my skin and never really crawled back out again. The plot is highly disturbing, and the characters feel startlingly real despite the very unreal world they live in. Plus the glimpse of life in San Francisco is fascinating even without the creepy aliens. Make sure to check out the sequel Inheritance too.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemoreWhen the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. If you haven’t read Anna-Marie’s collection of magical realism-infused books yet, you need to start IMMEDIATELY. This one is a beautiful and heartbreaking romance between a cisgender girl and a trans boy who instinctively understand each other in a world where candy-colored glass pumpkins spring from the ground and sinister popular girls stand ready to ruin everything the characters hold dear.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith RussoIf I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. This novel came out in 2016 and it’s already a classic. Amanda, another YA narrator with a permanent place in my heart, is a trans girl who’s just moved to a rural town in Georgia where no one knows she’s trans. Her goal is to make it through her senior year of high school and keep her head down before she leaves for New York and starts her real life. But at her new school, she suddenly finds herself making friends with a wonderful group of girls, and meeting a very hot guy who is very much falling in love with her. Amanda has a chance at the fairy tale high school life she never thought could be possible, but if her new friends find out she’s trans, she could be risking everything.

Thank you, Robin, for the guest post, and all the fantastic recommendations! Head over to Charlie in a Book tomorrow for more recommendations from Robin, this time of historical LGBTQ* YA novels!

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Be sure to visit Robin's website, follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and check out Pulp, which is out now! Find out more about it below.

Pulp by Robin TalleyPulp by Robin Talley

In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.From Goodreads.

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I've read four out of these six, still need to read Darius the Great is Not Okay and All Out! How about you, how many of these have you read? What did you think? And will you read Pulp by Robin Talley? Doesn't it sound awesome! Please leave your thoughts in the comments!

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