Okay, so. I could keep up appearances, but I won’t even try. My inspiration for this prompt comes directly from seeing so many US bookworms attending BEA/Book Con this past week. Being an international blogger, I found myself green with envy seeing some of the books people already get to read!! (But of course, I’m mostly very excited for the people who do get to read those books already! Fingers crossed some of them will be available on Netgalley at some point.) Anyway, it seemed perfectly fitting to talk about 5 books I’m really looking forward to, as today’s prompt of #PrideLibrary19 is green books!
Dean Atta – The Black Flamingo
Fiercely told, this is a timely coming-of-age story, told in verse about the journey to self-acceptance. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan, Poet X and Orangeboy.
A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers – to show ourselves to the world in bold colour.
*I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.*
Coming out in August, The Black Flamingo is a verse novel about a biracial gay teenager becoming a drag artist. Yes, you read that right. I generally really love verse novels, and this one sounds especially exciting!
Julian Winters – How to Be Remy Cameron
Everyone on campus knows Remy Cameron. He’s the out-and-gay, super-likable guy that people admire for his confidence. The only person who may not know Remy that well is Remy himself. So when he is assigned to write an essay describing himself, he goes on a journey to reconcile the labels that people have attached to him, and get to know the real Remy Cameron.
Quite honestly, I don’t need to know a lot about this book in advance before reading it. I loved Julian Winters’ debut Running With Lions (might actually reread it this month!), so I’m just very excited to read his next novel! How to Be Remy Cameron comes out in September, and I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that it’ll pop up on Netgalley before then.
Dahlia Adler (ed.) – His Hideous Heart
Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation.
Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.
Contributors include Kendare Blake (reimagining “Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morge”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”).
I absolutely love to read anthologies every once in a while, and His Hideous Heart sounds especially awesome. Poe’s tales reimagined? That sounds freaking fantastic. I just want to read Caleb Roehrig’s story now, tbh, because I absolutely love his books! But I’m also seeing quite a few authors whose books I want to read as well!!
Camryn Garrett – Full Disclosure
In a community that isn’t always understanding, an HIV-positive teen must navigate fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love–and lust–for the first time. Powerful and uplifting, Full Disclosure will speak to fans of Angie Thomas and Nicola Yoon.
Simone Garcia-Hampton is starting over at a new school, and this time things will be different. She’s making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles, the guy who makes her melt every time he walks into a room. The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she’s HIV-positive, because last time . . . well, last time things got ugly.
Keeping her viral load under control is easy, but keeping her diagnosis under wraps is not so simple. As Simone and Miles start going out for real–shy kisses escalating into much more–she feels an uneasiness that goes beyond butterflies. She knows she has to tell him that she’s positive, especially if sex is a possibility, but she’s terrified of how he’ll react! And then she finds an anonymous note in her locker: I know you have HIV. You have until Thanksgiving to stop hanging out with Miles. Or everyone else will know too.
Simone’s first instinct is to protect her secret at all costs, but as she gains a deeper understanding of the prejudice and fear in her community, she begins to wonder if the only way to rise above is to face the haters head-on…
I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like Full Disclosure, at least not in YA. And the books I do remember have not exactly been too positive, to put it mildly. This sounds like is will be a very important read, since the topic of HIV is still so stigmatized. I guess now we wait until October?
Lisa Jenn Bigelow – Hazel’s Theory of Evolution
“Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t make it illogical.”
Hazel knows all about life on Earth. She could tell you anything from what earthworms eat to how fast a turkey can run. That’s because when she’s not hanging out with her best friend, Becca, or helping care for the goats on her family’s farm, she loves reading through dusty old encyclopedias. But even Hazel doesn’t have answers for the questions awaiting her as she enters eighth grade.
Due to redistricting, she has to attend a new school where she worries no one will understand her. And at home things get worse when she discovers one of her moms is pregnant. Hazel can’t wait to be a big sister, but her mom has already miscarried twice. Hazel fears it might happen again.
As Hazel struggles through the next few months, she’ll grow to realize that if the answers to life’s most important questions can’t be found in a book, she’ll have to find them within herself.
Just yesterday, I talked about Drum Roll, Please in my post about summer reads! And I actually have another book by Lisa Jenn Bigelow on my TBR for this month: Starting From Here, which I think is YA instead of middlegrade. But I’m especially excited about her next middlegrade novel, Hazel’s Theory of Evolution, which comes out in October and centers an asexual (or aspec, I’m not exactly sure) main character!!
There’s definitely more amazing titles being released later this year, but these are my most anticipated ones for now! Which LGBTQ+ release(s) are you looking forward to the most?