Only Mostly Devastated

In this queer Grease retelling, we follow Ollie as his life gets uprooted to North Carolina after he had a summer romance while there, and while the boy he spent his days and nights with isn’t texting him back, he still thinks about him. Will, the dream boy from summer who somehow ends up going to the new school that Ollie has just joined. The only thing is, Will is still in the closet.

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Late to the Party

A YA contemporary romance set in Georgia about Codi, a seventeen-year-old girl who never parties, never dated, never had a first kiss. She and her friends are all in the same boat and in the summer before their senior year, Maritza wants to change all that. JaKory is game and eager to find a boy that he can get his first kiss with, but Codi is hesitant, she doesn’t like the idea of changing everything about herself to go along with her friend’s plan. Until one night when Codi is needed to drive home Maritza and JaKory from a party, she runs into two boys kissing and they did not want to be caught. In an effort to ease the teen’s anxiety, she reveals to him that she is a lesbian. And so Ricky, because of his nerves and embarrassment, asks her to head inside and get him something, and Codi, despite her fears, enters a party for the very first time.

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The Henna Wars

When I tell you that this book has heart, great discussions on racism and cultural appropriation, familial bonds, friendship, and romance, I mean it. For such a seemingly innocent ya contemporary, this book packs a lot into it and all of it is handled with nuance and care. I mean this is exactly the kind of thing we mean when we talk about diverse books. It brings up the things that people of color (in this case our main character, Nishat, is Bengali) deal with and how they feel and it makes what the go through more real to people who haven’t experienced it. It also means that we get to see cute romcoms about diverse people and that is important.

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My Contrary Mary

In the new series by the trio of hilarious and talented authors who wrote the Janies trilogy, My Contrary Mary follows Mary Queen of Scots and her relationship with Prince Francis of France. As with all of the books these three authors have penned, it was full of funny jokes, great contemporary references, and tongue-in-cheek remarks. One thing I love so much about their books is just how clever and funny they are.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Well well well… if it isn’t one of the internet’s most favorite queer adult stories. I am so late to the game to review this and honestly, I don’t think I’m going to say anything that hasn’t been said before or really contribute much to the conversation as a whole…. but I’m still going to talk about it haha. I know I said that I was going to try and read this last year, but I didn’t so I read it this year and what do you know, I still love it.

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