In the middle of a making the Kickstarter video for our children’s book project to combat homophobic and transphobic bullying, this happened.
Fuck Yeah Queer Latin@s in Books!
- Trauma Queen by Lovemme Corazón
- Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzalez
- Down to the Bone by Maya Lazara Dole
- City of Night by John Rechy
- The Rain God by Arturo Islas
- The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
- The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poetica by Maya Chinchilla
- Their Dogs Came with Them by Helena Maria Viramontes
- Make Love to Rage by Morgan Robyn Collado
Get ready for your TBR to explode. Here’s a nice, thick list of LGBTQ reading for any occasion.
Queer books out in July 2014. Know any others?
I’ve Got A Time Bomb by Sybil Lamb
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Review: Hello Groin by Beth Goobie
Remember a few weeks ago when I said YA was a good place to look for romance without a lot of sex? Yeah, this is not that. Our main character, Dylan, has got sex on the brain.
Dyl’s boyfriend wants to have it with her. Dyl might want to have it with her best friend Jocelyn. And for something that appears to be on everyone’s minds, Dyl’s starting to notice the way everyone thinks about it is kind of messed up. When she tries to make a heartfelt statement about it in a library display, she ends up butting heads with the administration. Dylan becomes a crusader against censorship - and at the same time, is vigilantly censoring herself.
Overall, I enjoyed Hello Groin more than I thought I would after hearing mixed reviews. It is incredibly, refreshingly sex positive, and very charming. While the writing is not terribly polished, Beth Goobie does write adeptly about sexual energy, repression and release. A scene of the morning after Dyl has her first orgasm felt like it was straight out of a teen movie: I could see the lighting, hear the soundtrack, and feel the teen inside me let out a sigh. Actually, a few scenes feel a bit like a teen movie - with a shiny layer of unreality, heightened drama, and oh, the angst. Dyl has got plenty of that. I don’t mean that as a bad thing, though if you’re not in the mood for gayngst, yes: stay away from this one.
While I don’t mind the title (everyone on Goodreads seems to hate it), it seems wildly unlikely to me that everyone in Dyl’s hometown would refer to the groin as “the groin” with the amount of uniformity they do. Have they never heard of the terms “crotch” or “genitals” or “privates”? This book also suffers from a bit of the missing b-word syndrome so often identified by bisexual-books: one character describes herself as “bi-curious” shortly before someone else labels her a lesbian. I think this is also one of the most slur-heavy YA books I’ve ever read, but considering Dylan’s friends are all mean-spirited, gossipy jocks, it’s probably pretty true to life.
Like I said, this is not the most sophisticated YA book out there - but if a Foxfire-obsessed teen learning to make friends with her sexuality piques your interest, give yourself over to this book and let it work its teen dramedy magic.