Canadian, grief, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Realistic contemporary, Summer Reads, YA

Not Your Average Love Story: When We Were Good Review

After the death of her grandmother, Katherine is feeling at sea. Her so-called best friend has turned into a mean, boy-crazed stranger and she can't seem to even feign interest in anything anymore. But a chance encounter with Marie, a self-professed straight-edge music lover makes her life colourful again. Over the course of one spring,… Continue reading Not Your Average Love Story: When We Were Good Review

Books for Everyone, Bullying, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Writing

YA is Too Late: Gay Characters in Middle Grade Fiction

I can't remember when I learned what the word gay meant. I remember people snickering when Maria sings "I feel pretty and witty and gay!" in West Side Story and not getting the joke. I remember how "that's so gay" was used as an insult in middle school and I repeated it, not fully understanding… Continue reading YA is Too Late: Gay Characters in Middle Grade Fiction