Join our LGBTQ+ Book Club! Enjoy snacks and conversation about queer and trans representation (or lack thereof) in Young Adult books, and suggest titles to read throughout the year. Store Manager and YA book enthusiast Mariana will be guiding the discussion. This book club will be a safe(r) space for YA readers to nerd out over books and be themselves; hateful speech or actions will not be tolerated.
For more information about the LGBTQ+ Book Club, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This Months Meeting
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October's Book is:
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in this Own Voices LGBT paranormal YA novel, described as "Groundbreaking" by Entertainment Weekly.
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.
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A Note from Mariana:
Hello friends! As a queer person of color, I've spent most of the last few years as a bookseller consuming as many books as I could that featured...well, queer people, and people of color! As I've done so, I've noticed a surge in what kind of books and what kind of representation are available. I believe Young Adult fiction is at the forefront of this push for inclusion and representation, and want to share my love for these books with more people! My hopes for this book club are twofold:
1) To provide a space for lgbtqia+ readers to read books that they see themselves mirrored in - as well as books that can provide windows into experiences different from their own, and
2) To provide a safe space for discussion that acknowledges the special and often very personal experience that comes from reading a book that makes you feel seen.