LOVE IS LOVE: 4 mini LGTBQ themed reviews

This year my reading list of books has vastly expanded because of many recommendations from my blogger partner, Christy. I was fortunate enough to read some pretty amazing LGTBQ themed novels. Some books are recent releases and others have been a round for a bit, but together they form a great list of LGTBQ YA reads that should be on everyone's shelf. 

If you have an LGTBQ themed book that you have read and would like to recommend them to us please let us know in the comments.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Oh how I am kicking myself for not reading this beautiful book so much sooner than I did. Benjamin Alire Sáenz has created a beautiful story with Aristotle and Dante...that is poetic and timeless because he writes unforgettable, realistic characters you cannot help but gravitate toward. 

What I admired most about this story is how I witnessed  Aristotle evolve and grow into that guy at the end of a heart-squeezing tale. He is a kind soul that is always seeking answers within himself and the world around him, but nothing perplexes him more than his friend Dante. He cannot understand the feelings he has towards him and in return his emotions are sealed until a series of events that causes him to re-evaluate his relationship with his friend and all that life has to offer. 

I love this book to the moon and back, possibly one of my favorite reads for this year. It's full of heart squeezing moments and so very beautifully written. Also, the parental units in this novel are so amazing. You wish that everyone had family members this supportive and loving. I also admire how Benjamin kept one guessing until the very and and how he was able to keep Aristotle true feelings from being revealed.

Memorable Quote:

“All this time.....

This was what was wrong with me. All this time I had been trying to figure out the secrets of the universe, the secrets of my own body, of my own heart. All of the answers had always been so close and yet I'd always fought them without even knowing it. From the minute I'd met Dante, I had fallen in love with him. I just didn't let myself know it, think it, feel it. My father was right. And it was true what my mother said. We all fight our own private wars.” 

― Benjamin Alire SáenzAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Adam Silvera

First of all let me forewarn you that many tissues were massacred in the reading of this novel. History is all you Left Me is the first novel that I have read from Adam Silvera and I was not disappointed.

This story focuses on Griffin a teen who's  ex-boyfriend Theo has died from a drowning accident. He has never gotten over the breakup and was hopeful that Theo would eventually return to him. We get to witness his grief through past reflections (and daily talks with Theo) and they are funny, bittersweet and ultimately revealing. Griffin's pain is quite tangible and it's difficult at times to see him work through that pain with some very human mistakes but you are left hopeful by the end of the story.

My favorite parts: Griffin's parents are great and the scene in the drug store with Griffin's Dad and his friends is pure comedic magic while being informative.

Memorable quote: “One night we argued for a solid hour over who would win in a duel between Lord Voldemort and Darth Vader. I'm surprised we're still friends.” 

― Adam SilveraHistory Is All You Left Me

by Anna-Marie McLemore

When The Moon Was Ours is pure reading bliss. It is a poetic and romantic tale filled with symbolism and touches of magic that that set it apart from anything I have ever read. 

Anna-Marie McLemore introduces Sam and Miel in this profound and moving story. It has very realistic characters set in fairy-tale like prose that seemed very ethereal. It took a bit of time for me to settle in and appreciate where the author was taking me but once I did I could not seem to get enough. Sam and Miel's story is one of love and friendship, sumptuously told through legends and tales of folklore while interweaving complex family dynamics, social issues and the life of a transgender boy.

I adored how this story seemed to transport me, and cradle me with the beauty of it's words while being equally powerful and moving during an unprecedented time in our society.

Memorable Quote: "Moon had become his name to this town because of her. Because of her, this town had christened him. Without her, he had been nameless. He had not been Samir or Sam. He had been no one. They knew his name no more than they knew who this girl had been before she was water."

― Anna-Marie McLemoreWhen the Moon Was Ours

We Are the Ants
by Shaun David Hutchinson

We are the Ants is unlike anything I have ever read before, a story that is full of emotions, unforgettable characters and 

Henry Denton is a complex and fragile character. A teen that is convinced that aliens have been stealing him away for years and now have given him an ultimatum to save earth or let it get destroyed. It all seems like an easy choice,  but not to Henry who struggles with everyday life ever since his boyfriend killed himself. And it is here that we get to the heart of this story, Henry and his ever treacherous world, it's full of hate, regret, remorse, more hate....but it is also beautifully uplifting. 

Here is another book that I am kicking myself for not having read sooner. Because it is one of those novels that sticks with you long after you have read it.

Memorable Quote:

“We may not get to choose how we die, but we can chose how we live. 
The universe may forget us, but it doesn't matter. Because we are the ants, and we'll keep marching on.” 
― Shaun David HutchinsonWe Are the Ants


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