LGBTQ Characters | Searching Saturday #5

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Searching Saturday is a new weekly meme I created. The aim is to search a book (or multiple books) that is new to you and fits the weekly theme. This could be a new book to add to your TBR, or just to address on your blog. It’s up to you! You can search as many as you want. 
You can find more information in the Introduction Post.

This week’s topic is “LGBTQ Characters”

“Diversity in every way is important to me and I’m always looking for new finds. Search for books with LGBTQ characters.”

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Annie on My Mind – Nancy Garden

“This groundbreaking book is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings. This book is so truthful and honest, it has been banned from many school libraries and even publicly burned in Kansas City.” – Goodreads

Chosen because: Most books you hear about with LGBTQ themes are books about M/M relationships. You don’t see F/F relationships as often. Which is a shame if you ask me. Even within the diversity, there should be diversity. This book seems to be pretty well known. It’s won awards and the author is being called “the first author for young adults to create a lesbian love story with a positive ending”. Still, I had never heard of it before. I’m pretty excited about this one.

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Hero
– Perry Moore

“The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father’s pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League – the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay.
But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.
To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he’ll have to come to terms with his father’s past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.”-Goodreads

Chosen Because: How great is this concept. A gay character being a superhero. I think this sounds like such a unique LGBTQ book.

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Ash – Malinda Lo

“Cinderella retold
In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.” – Goodreads

Chosen because: The synopsis sounds so unique. A cinderella retelling with a f/f relationship. YES! No more information needed. 

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Almost Perfect – Brian Katcher

“Everyone has that one line they swear they’ll never cross, the one thing they say they’ll never do. We draw the line. Maybe we even believe it.
Sage Hendricks was my line.
Logan Witherspoon befriends Sage Hendricks at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. As time goes on, he finds himself drawn to Sage, pulled in by her deep, but sexy feminine voice and her constant smile. Eventually Logan’s feelings for Sage grow so strong that he can’t resist kissing her. Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she was born a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage. Once his anger has cooled, however, his regrets lead him to attempt to rekindle their friendship. But it’s hard to replace something that’s been broken—and it’s even harder to find your way back to friendship when you began with love.” -Goodreads

Chosen because: This just seems like such an important book. I feel like we hear less about transgender characters, compared to books about gay characters. But that’s not all, this book discusses some important issues transgender people face. The abuse they often get when others find out. I don’t know much about this topic, but I know it’s important and it needs to change.

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Have you heard of any of these before?

Have you read any of them?
Tell me in the comments!

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