Hannah Recommends:Books For Pride Month

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So it’s a pride month and I thought that I’d recommend some awesome queer books!!! I left out some of my favorites just because those are the ones that always get talked about *cough*primarilybecausetheyrem/mandpeoplelovetofetishize*cough* so I thought that I’d recommend some titles that I believe need more love!

1.The Summer Of Jodi Perez by Amy Spalding

Rep: Fat Lesbian MC and Mexican Lesbian LI

The Summer of Jodi Perez is the perfect cutesy summer contemporary filled with adorable romance, great friends and a search for the best burger in LA!

2. How To Make A Wish by Ashley Blake

Rep: Bi MC and Biracial Lesbian LI.

How To Make A Wish has such a beautiful romance but it also delves in some very tough issues and explores some really interesting family dynamics. The balance between seriousness and fluff is great and is guaranteed to make you feel a multitude of emotions.

3. Not Otherwise Specified By Hannah Moskowitz

Rep: Bisexual Anorexic Black MC

I’ve only read one of Hannah Moskowitz’s books but Not Otherwise Specified was so amazing that I know that she’s an amazing writer and I can’t wait to read her other books. She writes with such honesty and NOS is so raw and beautiful and such a great contemporary!!

4.Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Katherine Ormsbee

Rep: Asexual MC

This is the only book I’ve ever read with ace rep and I love it so much and it means so much to me. it’s such a great contemporary and I really hope that this book sparks may others like it

5. Ten Things I Can See From Here by  Carrie Mac

Rep: Lesbian Mc with anxiety. Lesbian( I’m pretty sure but I can’t remember for sure though) LI

The anxiety rep in this is phenomenal but it was very hard to read and could be triggering for some people so watch out. If you’re able to read it though, Id highly recommend it because it’s a great and heartfelt read.

6. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Rep: Chinese Australian Bisexual MC.Fat MC with Asperger’s and Anxiety.Hispanic LI.

This is such a fun book about fandom is a great book filled with amazing characters. The diversity in this is phenonemal and both romances were swoon worthy.

7.Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Rep: Bisexual Biracial Mc, Demisexual side character, Gay Korean side character.

Alice Oseman is one of the few contemporary authors that really really gets teens and that’s probably because she’s pretty young herself but she just understand fandom culture and teen struggles like no other YA author. All of the characters are precious cinnamon rolls and I love them so much. Also this is a book that’s not centered around romance and is just about a boy and a girl who are friends!!! and their friendship is beautiful!!!!!

8. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Rep: Gay Latino Main Character

Adam Silvera is the king of tragic stories that will make you cry your eyes out. They’re definitely not for everyone because they’re very emotional and could be triggering but they truly are amazing. I love them all but More Happy Than Not is definitely my favorite. It’s set in such an interesting and unique world and the characters are all so complex and I just love it so much.

9. Wild Beauty by Anne Marie Mclemore

Rep:  Almost all of the characters are latinx and though it’s not stated explicitely, I’m pretty sure that all five of the main characters are bi, and there’s a genderqueer side character.

I’ve read two of Mclemore’s books and she truly has a gift and is able to weave such beautiful stories. Her writing is like the purest candy and you just can’t ever get enough of it.  She’s one of the most talented writers I’ve ever met. Wild Beauty was such a beautiful and lyrical story with such an interesting plot. The magical realism is phenonemal and the characters are all so complex.

10. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Rep: Black,Jewish and Bisexual MC, Side Character Who Is bipolar, Black and Koreon Love Interest

This is such an interesting book filled with complex discussions about mental illness, sexuality and family. The family dynamics in this was so interesting and it was honestly my favorite part about the story. The diversity in this book was super great  and I especially appreciated the jewish rep which is so rare in YA.

11. We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Rep: Gay Mc. Pansexual(?) Latinx LI

This is the first arc I ever received so this has a special place in my heart. It’s such a beautiful book with one of the most unique premises I’ve ever read. I remember that I was a little put off by it at first but once I really got into it, I fell in love with the writing, the characters and just everything about this book. It’s such an interesting book filled with heartbreaking moments.

12. Like Water by Rebecca Podos

Rep: Bisexual and Latina MC. Genderqueer  Lesbian Li.

This book is so different from other YA contemporaries that I usually read and I really appreciated that. I loved how the MC followed a path that was very different from what is usually portrayed in YA. I also really loved how the MC’s sexuality and race played a role in the story and found it to be a very authentic and beautiful representation.

13. Everything Leads To You by  Nina Lacour

Rep: Lesbian Biracial MC. Lesbian LI.

This book has the best aesthetic ever and I can totally imagine it being a movie and I would die if that ever happened. It’s such a great read with a really interesting mystery. The romance is so adorable and has everything that a good contemporary needs.

Have You Read Any Of These Books? What Books Do You Recommend For Pride?

 

 

 

 

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More Happy Than Not Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

Rating:5/5 stars

Plot

More Happy Than Not is basically a story about a future where you’re able to undergo a operation that buries traumatic memories.This book raises a lot of interesting questions about if you choose your sexuality and if it’s something that you can change about yourself.Not only is this book about accepting you are, it also discusses issues such as race, depression as well as family dynamics. More Happy Than Not is a book packed full of interesting times and concepts, that make you really think about memories and how important they are. We take our memories really for granted and often wish them away. I while there are so many reasons why one might want to erase the bad ones,I think this book shows that it’s important to keep them, no matter how bad.

One of the things I loved was the turn it took. I really didn’t expect the twist halfway through, and it was done and such  a way that just made me went “omg” and then everything just clicked into place. That also kind of sucked because just as I read the twist and wanted to keep reading, the bell rang and i had to get to class. I’ve never wanted to read a book more than I did then. I seriously applaud Adam Silvera for the subtlety that he delivered his twist?? I don’t know if that made sense, but yeah.

Characters:

Honestly all the characters were great(well everyone expect for his neighbourhood friends, and his dad) but apart from them all the characters were really interesting, and even if i didn’t totally agree with their ways, I felt that they had a lot of depth to them. While at first I kind of didn’t really think much of Aaron’s Mom, she really turned around in the end, and I really grew to love her. Even Eric, Aaron’s Brother turned out to be okay.

Aaron’s struggle brought me close to tears which  never happens,I just couldn’t help but feel so sad about Aaron struggling to be who he is in a world that doesn’t welcome him.

Also as a side note, Aaron is such a nerd and Scorpius Hawthorne is  totally a nod to Harry Potter

Writing: 

Like any contemporary, the story was very easy to read, and Adam Silvera has a very compelling voice. I also really liked the way he constructed the story, so it was kind of a jumbled storyline. I love stories where things from the past are revealed later on, and I think Adam did this very well