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REVIEW: The Dove In The Belly by Jim Grimsley

At the University of North Carolina, Ronny's made some friends, kept his secrets, survived dorm life, and protected his heart. Until he can't. Ben is in some ways Ronny's opposite; he's big and solid where Ronny is small and slight. Ben's at UNC on a football scholarship. Confident, with that easy jock swagger, and an… Continue reading REVIEW: The Dove In The Belly by Jim Grimsley

Books · Contemporary · diverse characters · lgbtqia content · mental health · new adult · own voices author · self-discovery · young adult

REVIEW: Blaine For the Win by Robbie Couch

After being dumped so his boyfriend can pursue more “serious” guys, a teen boy decides to prove he can be serious, too, by running for senior class president in this joyful romp from the author of The Sky Blues. High school junior Blaine Bowers has it all—the perfect boyfriend, a pretty sweet gig as a… Continue reading REVIEW: Blaine For the Win by Robbie Couch

Books · Comedy · diverse characters · lgbtqia content · new adult · Releases and Cover Reveals · sci-fi / fantasy · young adult

REVIEW: So This Is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

Carry On meets Arthurian legend in this funny, subversive young adult fantasy about what happens after the chosen one wins the kingdom and has to get married to keep it…and to stay alive. Arek hadn’t thought much about what would happen after he completed the prophecy that said he was destined to save the Kingdom… Continue reading REVIEW: So This Is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

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REVIEW: And They Lived by Steven Salvatore

Chase Arthur is a budding animator and hopeless romantic obsessed with Disney films and finding his true love, but he's plagued with the belief that he's not enough for anyone: he's recovering from an eating disorder and suffers from body dysmorphia fueled by his father, and can't quite figure out his gender identity. When Chase… Continue reading REVIEW: And They Lived by Steven Salvatore

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REVIEW: Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

  In this young adult novel by award-winning author Anna-Marie McLemore, two non-binary teens are pulled into a magical world under a lake - but can they keep their worlds above water intact? Everyone who lives near the lake knows the stories about the world underneath it, an ethereal landscape rumored to be half-air, half-water.… Continue reading REVIEW: Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

Books · Contemporary · MM romance · new adult · romance

REVIEW: I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson

A chance to rewrite their ending is worth the risk in this swoony romantic comedy from Kosoko Jackson. It's been months since aspiring journalist Kian Andrews has heard from his ex-boyfriend, Hudson Rivers, but an urgent text has them meeting at a café. Maybe Hudson wants to profusely apologize for the breakup. Or confess his… Continue reading REVIEW: I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson

Books · Contemporary · grief · lgbtqia content · mental health · new adult · Novella · read the trigger warnings · self-discovery · young adult

REVIEW: Calm Undone by Garth A. Fowler

Calm Undone is a young adult novel that tackles many of the issues relevant to young people today (feelings of loss, a dawning sense of self, and the awakening of attraction) with a gentle, accepting approach. Seventeen-year-old Tyler wants three things from his summer at the family beach-house: Run along the beach to get ready… Continue reading REVIEW: Calm Undone by Garth A. Fowler

Books · Contemporary · horror · lgbtqia content · mental health · new adult · Paranormal · read the trigger warnings · self-discovery

REVIEW: Howl By Shaun David Hutchinson

From critically acclaimed Shaun David Hutchinson comes a gritty and raw portrayal of the oftentimes traumatic experience of growing up. Virgil Knox was attacked by a monster. Of course, no one in Merritt believes him. Not even after he stumbled into the busy town center, bleeding, battered, and bruised, for everyone to see. He’d been… Continue reading REVIEW: Howl By Shaun David Hutchinson

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REVIEW: The Temperature of Me and You by Brian Zepka

Sixteen-year-old Dylan Highmark thought his winter was going to be full of boring shifts at the Dairy Queen, until he finds himself in love with a boy who's literally too hot to handle. Dylan has always wanted a boyfriend, but the suburbs surrounding Philadelphia do not have a lot in the way of options. Then,… Continue reading REVIEW: The Temperature of Me and You by Brian Zepka

Books · Contemporary · lgbtqia content · mental health · new adult · romance · self-discovery · sports · young adult

REVIEW: Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei

A. L. Graziadei's Icebreaker is an irresistible YA debut about two hockey players fighting to be the best—and the romance that catches them by surprise along the way. Seventeen-year-old Mickey James III is a college freshman, a brother to five sisters, and a hockey legacy. With a father and a grandfather who have gone down… Continue reading REVIEW: Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei

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REVIEW: Here’s To Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Now available in paperback, Here’s to Us reunites #1 New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) to continue the story of Arthur and Ben, two very different boys readers first fell for in the blockbuster What If It’s Us. Ben survived… Continue reading REVIEW: Here’s To Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Books · coming out · Contemporary · lgbtqia content · mental health · musicians · new adult · substance abuse

REVIEW: If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining… Continue reading REVIEW: If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich