In the tiny podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything—sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came out to her years ago, and she’s shared with him her “sacred texts”—the acting books her mother left behind after she walked out of Lula’s life. But then Lula discovers that Rory—her Rory, who maybe she’s secretly had feelings for—has not only tried out for the Hawthorne football team without telling her, but has also been having an affair with his middle-aged divorcee boss. With their friendship disrupted, Lula begins to question her identity and her own sexual orientation, and she runs away in the middle of the night on a journey to find her mother, who she hopes will have all the answers. Meagan Brother’s piercing prose in this fresh LGBT YA novel speaks to anyone who has ever felt unwanted and alone, and who struggles to find their place in an isolating world. Ages 14–up.
Synopsis: Lydia McIntosh left her old life behind when she said goodbye to Prairie Town, North Carolina and started over halfway across the country with her beloved Gran; away from her family, away from everyone who knew the person she once was, and from the identity she never quite wanted in the first place. When her grandmother passes away, she returns home and while she only intends to stay for the funeral, her grandmother has other plans, from the grave. Her will states that Lydia must remain in Prairie Town for six months in order to give her family and her old town a chance to get to know the new her, the real her. Lydia has had years to adjust to long hair, summer dresses, and nail polish, but she understands her family will need time to get reacquainted with a daughter they've never known and a sister they've missed terribly. Anticipating the worst, as she always has, Lydia's feelings about her old town begin to change when she meets her brother's best friend, Callum. Callum is kind and more accepting than she could have ever imagined and she's falling for him. When her 180 days are over, will she be able to say goodbye to the family she's missed so much? Will she survive her mother's endless intolerance? Can she really leave the man who acknowledges her past and still wants her? A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This is a story about a transgender girl and her journey to acceptance and love when she returns to her hometown. Within the pages of this book you will be introduced to characters who color outside the lines and that's just how they like it. I implore you to give them a chance because we are all beautiful and unique in our own ways, and we all deserve love and happiness.
180 Days by T.E. Ridener
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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I won a free copy from a giveaway hosted by the blog Celebrity Readers.
“Love doesn’t know gender. Love doesn’t understand what used to be or what is; it only understands what could be and what should be.”
This is my first full length trans-romance novel but not my first read with a transgender person. I heard good things about 180 days from friends of mine and was pretty excited that I won a copy.
I thought the story was really nice and well written. I liked how informative it was in explaining trans issues and procedures. I did learn a few things but I did feel it was a tad to preachy. Not sure how many people who are anti-trans would actually read this book but who knows. Everything is possible.
Now that being , I did like Lydia and Callum and thought they were really good, nice people. Actually, everybody was really accepting except for Lydia's mom and the town bully. Callum was just like prince charming and came off as the perfect man. Too perfect for me because I tend to prefer characters with a few flaws.
In all honesty, I thought 180 days read like a Hallmark movie. Its was a feel good love story with mushy, romantic goodness. I think those looking for a nice romance will like this book.
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Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg is one of those books that I can't help but highlight huge passages. Konigsberg has a pretty fine way with words. Very helpful advice without sounding too preachy.
The award-winning novel about being out, being proud, and being ready for something else . . . now in paperback.
Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He's won skiing prizes. He likes to write.
And, oh yeah, he's gay. He's been out since 8th grade, and he isn't teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.
So when he transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn't even know that love is possible.
This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate feeling different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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"Who was I? How could I stand up for gay people while at the same time hiding that part of me?"
I truly enjoyed reading "Openly Straight" and thought it delivered a very powerful message. What does it mean to be labeled and only perceived as your level. On some level I understood where Rafe was coming from in that aspect. Breaking free from labels is something most teenagers face or at least I did. Unlike, Rafe I didn't have the means to start over in a new city.
I think that was one of my few hang ups and maybe it's due to age. I remember friends of mine coming out to me but they still had to wait till they were out of high school to official be out. This was defiantly new experience to read about a boy having all the resources and support and turning his back on it. I was really intrigued how the author would tell this story and not alienated his readers.
I can safely say the author did a really good job. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was adorable. Rafe was a tad over privilege but still came across as a good guy. I also don't think I've blushed so much reading a book in a long time. Lots of awkward moments.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
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Mankind has spread to dozens of worlds throughout the universe, and traveling to another world is as simple as stepping through a wormhole or walking onto a Starliner to travel through hyperspace. Finding true love across the vastness of space has been relegated to mathematical algorithms and supercomputers.
Keylann Ascentia is looking for love. With the aid of her Mate Technician, Torina Gates, her search takes her to new worlds. As much as some things change, others remain the same. Sometimes, when you least expect it, love finds you.
Fat Angie By E.E. Charlton-Trujillo was also on my radar but just the other day I saw the book trailer and I immediately thought I have to read this book ASAP. I check out the audio book from the library and turn to listen. Below is my 3 1/2 platypire review.
This was a very cute adorable read. We've all seen those movies where the romantic leads pretending to be dating but are in fact falling for each other. Well as a chick-flick fan this book hit the right spot. Yeah the story-line was a t...
by Andy Weir
I don't know whether to give this book 4 or 5 stars. It was pretty damn good. My only complaint is that I got kinda lost in all of the space jargon. Seriously, I felt kinda dumb because everything sounded so smart that I'm just gonna as...
tagged: 2015 and nwh-bookclub
This year I'm planning on rereading some of my favorite books. I'm glad I started with one of my favorite authors. This book is still really good. This time I listen to the audio book instead of actually reading the book. My only complai...
tagged: fave and 2015
by R.K. Ryals
“Love isn’t roses. It’s those little square caramels and a root beer from the gas station because he knows that’s your favorite snack. It’s watching a musical with you without groaning. It’s handing you your glasses at night because he k...
tagged: 2015, fantasy, nerdy, and 2015-reading-challenge
by Kay Kendall
I want to first start off that I got to meet the author at Houston author bash earlier this year. I was immediately drawn to the cover of this book. I just think it's a beautiful cover. This was the only physical book that I bought at t...
tagged: houston-author-bash and 2014
I was born a long time ago in a hospital in Houston At least that's the story that was told to me. I can't recall these details so I can't say with 100% accuracy that its true.
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