Missing Mary by Cricket Watson is a suspenseful coming of age story about a young teen searching for her friend who is missing. What would you do if you were fourteen again, and the object of your affection suddenly vanished? Brenna Bianco has a secret crush on her friend Mary. Brenna is a latch key kid, an only child forced to spend a lot of time with her extended family
This is generally aimed at the teen market and most often doesn’t have sex or has fade to black sex, depending on the age of the characters.
Courting Light by A Zukowski is a bitter sweet, coming of age novella that I found to be poignant and moving. I was attracted to the story because I am always looking for books that feature characters who are neurodiverse and I am so happy that this title came my way. Josie is an eighteen-year-old about to start university. She decides to take two weeks out of her summer to
Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack was a fun re-imagining novella of Alice in Wonderland with quirky characters. I have been in a reading rut and Take Your Medicine pulled me out of that rut and into the book. Alice lived a good 17 years before her fainting spells got so bad she wasn’t allowed to leave her mother’s property any more. She is a senior in high school and
Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan was a light romantic read with a strong bisexual female lead. Lena Newman is starting her final year of high school. She’s average in just about every way. She has never given her sexuality a thought up until she meets Juliet James. Lena Newman now must analyze her relationship with her football playing boyfriend and everything she has in between. Juliet officially turns her world
Anchor Leg by Jack Croxall was the first lesfic (lesbian fiction) novel I have read written by a gentleman. I know that there is a need for lesfic that isn’t romance. Jack Croxell was able to deliver an entertaining lesfic novel with strong female characters without having it centered on desire or romance. The world has reached critical mass with the human population and the recourses are strained and dwindling.
Giraffe People by Jill Malone is a young adult book that is so beautiful, I often found myself putting it down to savour the writing style. It so perfectly captures the experience of growing up as a teenaged girl in the 90s that I sometimes felt like I was pulled back into my adolescence. Nicole “Cole” Peters is 15 years old. Her dad runs the chaplain school at Fort Monmouth
On a LARP by Stefani Deoul is a young adult novel that kept me riveted. Told in the first person by the wisecracking, whip-smart Sid (don’t you dare call her Sidonie) Rubin, it takes us into the world of the dark web and a deadlier LARP game than usual. Sid is on a field trip at a police station when she sees a photo of a murder victim and points
Locked Inside by Annette Mori was an unusual, intriguing read that immediately hooked me and kept me turning pages. Belinda Moore wakes up in a strange room, with two strange teens talking in her room. Even more terrifying, she can’t move or talk. The last things she remembers are the few days she felt ill and lethargic, ending with a visit to the doctor’s office. Now she finds out that
Southern Girl by Renee J Lukas is a beautiful book. It is the story of Jesse Aimes as she grows up in a small town in Tennessee. It is the story of first loves, being an outcast in a small community and learning that it is okay to be yourself even when your parents try to force you to be ‘normal’. Jesse Aimes grows up in the 70s and 80s
The Dark Wife by SE Diemer is a romance novel. I KNOW I KNOW! I don’t usually DO romance. But this one I LOVED. I am fond of Greek Mythology so it caught my attention and was recommended by a good friend of mine I met on our Lesbian Review Book Club Facebook group. If you aren’t on there than what are you waiting for?? Go join it’s loads of