This is a raw and honest story that envelops you in Ari’s life.
There is anti-gay and transmisogynistic violence described, as well as an outing, so be prepared for that.
This tragi-queer novel set the stage for the awkward first decades of queer YA.
by Angie Thomas became a bestseller due to its message about police brutality and injustice.
While Thomas' debut tells a powerful story, there are many great books to read in the YA world about social justice.
But it wouldn’t be until just recently, post-2010, that queer YA began to really take off.
Just in the last few years, we seem to be entering a golden age of queer YA.
We are seeing far more titles getting published than ever before, and a much broader array of stories being told. Trans YA continues to be in its infancy, and many other queer people have to scrounge to find even a handful of titles to represent them, including asexual, aromantic, intersex, two spirit, nonbinary, gender-fluid, and a myriad of other people whose identities fall outside of “LGBT.” That’s no reason to ignore the progress we’ve made, however!