#FoylesFive: YA Pride
Andi from our Birmingham branch gives us a run down of her favourite YA Pride books.
From Prejudice to Pride by Amy Lame
Not officially published yet, but Wayland let #FoylesBrum have it in time for Birmingham Pride, and we're so glad they did! What better way to celebrate Pride than this beautiful book on the history of the LGBTQ+ movement. From Alexander the Great to Neil Patrick Harris, this book is a great all rounder with a bit of everything. Whether you're part of the community or you know someone that is and want to learn a bit more, this is a perfect starting point. I urge anyone that has an interest in this subject to read this book.
Release by Patrick Ness
Adam's family is deeply religious, and his homosexuality is the white elephant in the room. Real life is perfectly blended with magical realism in the form of a ghost across town. What is happening? How can two entities' lives be entwined? This book gave me goosebumps, it's thoughtful, current yet timeless, and once I finished it I couldn't stop thinking about it. You can't help but be invested in Adam, his love life and his friends. Told in one single day, it captures the urgency, love, pain and wonder of being a teenager.
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Possibly the first book about a trans character that I ever read. Liam has finally decided to become Luna, and with the help of her sister she finally becomes the girl she always wanted to be. Poignant and beautifully written, it's as relevant now as it was when it was first published. With insight from Luna's sister, the book gives a thoughtful account of how it affects her too and how she accepts losing a brother, but is happy she is gaining a sister, and best friend.
This Books is Gay by Juno Dawson
A brilliantly informative, yet funny book about all aspects of LGBTQ. Told in a light-hearted way that makes it easy to read, yet doesn't make light of the subject, it's one of the best books about for anyone looking for information, either for themselves or someone else. For anyone struggling with their sexuality or needing a bit of advice, this book is perfect: written by an English author, it's about the UK community and has many helpful UK telephone numbers and websites included.
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Out and proud Joanna has never hidden the fact that she's gay, and her family has always supported her, but now her reverend dad has remarried and they've moved to a small town and he wants her to step back into the closet, just until they get settled. A brilliant 'going back in' story, with all the intricacies of teen life, religion, and a blended family. Plus the temptation of a girl who could make Joanna break her promise. Funny, witty, yet serious and heartbreaking at times, this novel is much more than it appears to be.