Coming Attractions 658: Late Summer Queer Reads
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We are on the eve of my favorite time of the year, with the crisp air that flows in as autumn arrives. I’ve never liked the summer, to be honest. The heat and sweating has never been my favorite. I love being able to sit outside on the porch with a blanket, a glass of red wine, and a good book. Currently I’m reading as many queer books as I can. Whether this is theory, history, or just some good old fiction, it’s on my list. As we still live in a world where it seems like bad news is always happening, I’ve been reading some feel good queer love stories and I’m here to share them with you.
What If It’s Us
By: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Alot of us have had this moment, especially if you’re queer, in which you may lock eyes with someone on the bus, you have a brief moment in the Target aisle or a bump into someone at the bar. Maybe you chat with them and then never see them again, however, did you ever really start looking? What If It’s Us is about two young boys, Arthur and Ben, who accidently meet and the universe decides not to let them go. While one longs for his first relationship, the other is slowly getting over the ramifications of his previous one. Each situation brings their own set of problems as they embark on a new journey together. Can it last?
Becky Albertalli really burst on the scene after her book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda turned into a major motion picture titled Love, Simon. Adam Silvera has written many other queer young adult books including the second one on this list.
They Both Die at the End
By: Adam Silvera
Why yes, the ending of the book is given away by the title. However, it’s not about the ending, it’s about the journey that these two young men go through. In this world, people know what day they are going to die, and that day is September 5 for Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio. On their last day, they both hope to find a new friend and there is, indeed, an app for that. The Last Friend app brings these two strangers together to one last adventure: to live a lifetime in one single day.
Adam Silvera is a critically acclaimed and New York Times best selling author. They Both Die at the End has been described as a “stand out” for Silvera as well as “extraordinary and unforgettable.”
By: Annabeth Albert
I am actually in the middle of reading this book, however, I’m devouring it quickly. It combines two of my favorite things: cheesy romance stories and geeky gaymer boys—because at the end of the day, I am one of those boys. Alden and Conrad are friends and yet mortal enemies at the same time. They are huge fans of the game Odyssey which is having a large nationwide tournament in Vegas. Both of them hope to win for separate reasons. One is in dire need of financial security after being disowned by his parents while the other is looking for a new path in life after being rejected from medical school. As the convention starts, their rivalry slowly fades to the backburner as an unexpected connection begins.
The Space Between
By Michelle L. Teichman
The story of the popular kid and the loner kid secretly liking each other is a story that’s been told many times. In The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman, we finally get the story, told in a queer way. Harper Isabelle is the most popular girl in the ninth grade, until she meets black makeup-wearing artist, Sarah. Neither one of them can stop thinking about the other and how their feelings will catapult them into the next chapter of their lives. Like many queer stories and lives, each must come to grips with who they are and if they are willing to accept that, themselves.
Red, White & Royal Blue
By: Casey McQuiston
Guilty to say that this is the second time this book has appeared in my column, but that’s because I really do love it that much. Red, White & Royal Blue is by New York Times bestselling author Casey McQuiston, who has created a world we honestly would love to have lived in. Alex Claremont-Diaz’s mother is the current President which makes him the equivalent to a young royal. However Alex has some personal issues with the real Prince of England, Henry. After an awkward altercation that risks international relations, Henry and Alex have to fake a bromance for the tabloids for damage control. However damage control quickly turns into a secret romance that could risk everything, for the both of them.
Mcquiston is in the process of publishing her second book which is slated to be released in spring of 2021, tentatively titled One Last Stop. Not much has been revealed about this book yet other than the fact that it’s about time-traveling queer women. We love to see it!