Before you read, I’d like to dedicate this post to all the families and victims hurt in this morning’s tragedy. For those who for some reason haven’t heard, a lone shooter mercilessly massacred fifty people and injured just as many at a gay nightclub (called Pulse) in Orlando, Florida. Police are still investigating into further detail, but it is a known fact that this wasn’t just a random shooting. This was a hate-fueled attack meant to kill and harm innocent people.
If anyone is reading this, don’t pray for repentance or hate, but pray for the families and friends that have been affected by what many are calling the worst mass shooting in United States history. Do not call for gun control. Reports are coming in that the gunman was posing as a security guard and guns were not allowed in the club. If there is anything we should call for, it’s for the acceptance of LGBTQA+ people everywhere, and to fight homophobic attacks like this with love and understanding.
To everyone affected by the shooting, everyone is hearing your cries. And to everyone else, I have a quote for you from a Holocaust survivor named Henry Golde, “Hate is nothing, and love is everything.”
Gay literature is an iconic part of the LGBTQA+ community, especially towards teenagers and young adults, so in celebration of LGBT Pride Month, I’ve decided to make a Top 10 list for the best gay young adult novels I wholly recommend. Now, there are a few rules to this for anyone who’s reading. The first rule is that these entries have to have an LGBT person as the protagonist and not just as a side character. Second, it cannot be explicit and must be readable for anyone from fourteen to even nineteen years of age. And third, having no more than two of an authors’ works is acceptable by my standards because granted, I haven’t read every gay book for young adults; heck I’m even including ones I’ve reviewed on here already. And keep in mind that this is a recommendation list and not a list of the greatest LGBT young adult novels.
With that said, here’s the Top 10 List of LGBT YA Novels I Recommend.
First of all, I would love to thank everyone who has been following my blog and liking the reviews I’ve been posting every fortnight. With juggling my writing hobby and social life as a freshman in college, it’s good to know people do read my posts here and there. That is why it makes me happy to say that I’ll be continuing to utilize more on Reader’s Boulevard. On Saturday every two weeks, including next Saturday, I will post a book review and hopefully give you something to read this summer and beyond 🙂
Second, I’m not going to pretend I’m a perfect blogger or critic, but it would be nice to read some comments on my reviews now and then. If you still want me to keep doing book reviews, want to give your opinion on as a fellow critic or recommend me something to review on Reader’s Boulevard, I highly recommend leaving a comment at the bottom of a post. I checked and my last review broke a new record, and reading comments will help keep me going! 🙂
And third, after my next review (here’s a hint: it’s a futuristic version of Top Gun 😉 ) I will be dedicating all of June to reviewing LGBT novels, since it’s Gay Pride Month and the near anniversary of the Obergefell decision that led to gay marriage becoming actual marriage. I’ve already chosen a few to review, but if you have any books I could check out, I recommend checking out my ‘About’ page and seeing my guidelines.
Anyway, thank you and do keep visiting the lovely Reader’s Boulevard.
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First of all, I’m pushing back the date of when I publish reviews, and will be posting every two weeks on Saturday afternoon starting later this weeks. I’m sorry if this is an inconvenience for anyone, but I hope to balance my personal life more with posting reviews.
Second, I’ve now included new rules for what the guidelines in book reviews for the future will be. I can now do novels based on true stories, and will allow comic books and graphic novels with 50+ pages in it.
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