It’s the third Broody BFF challenge already? Time flies when you’re frantically ploughing through edits on your banshee-based YA caper. As it’s Pride month, it’s all about LGBTQ reads…
I must confess that I’m shamefully under-read in LGBTQ fiction. In fact, of all the YA I’ve read over the last three years, precisely two of them don’t involve a cast of all-straight characters, and both of those are by Patrick Ness.
Now, Release was fantastic, and I chomped through the story in a couple of days. The sheer heartbreak of Patrick’s autobiographical tale of Adam, a boy growing up gay in a conservative, Christian family, just broke my heart. And while I’m not familiar with Mrs Dalloway on which it’s based, I like the compact form of the whole thing taking place on a single day. There’s such a beautiful, lyrical flow to Patrick’s prose, especially in the (at times confusing) magical realism sections. Basically, go forth and read this book – you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks to the Twitter YA community and the timesink that is Goodreads, I’ve also started building up a wishlist of diverse reads for the summer, especially books with bi representation. The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue is high up on the list, because who doesn’t want a Victorian swashbuckling romp starring a bisexual gentleman? (Feel free to recommend a pile more, because it’s not like my to-read pile isn’t high enough 😉 )
And on that note, back to editing a novel with a bi main character…
It’s been a bit of a hard week newswise for a lot of us UK folk, so I was glad that Broody graced my inbox again to set his second challenge on ‘favourite romance tropes’. Strap yourselves in and prepare for (awkward, angsty) love…
Today’s post has been really hard to write. Mainly because every time I try, I keep swooning in a delicate, ladylike manner. You see, I’ve been asked by my fellow lovely Broody BFFs to write about the fateful day I met Brooding YA Hero. So, here goes – wish me luck…
The Eurovision decorations are up, the alcohol’s stockpiled, and Twitter’s prepped for meltdown. So, like years gone by, here’s my (vaguely YA-themed) thoughts on the class of 2017. I wouldn’t bet based on this, but if you happen to win a fortune, feel free to give me a cut of the cash.
Brace yourselves for a cheese torrent – I promise normal blog service will be resumed in a few days with my first #BroodyBFF challenge. (You might want to mute my Twitter until Sunday if you hate Eurovision, though…)
It’s been a week of refreshing inboxes, waiting to hear back on some novel queries, but there was one email that made me even happier than a ‘we’d like to see the full manuscript’ would: a message from Brooding YA Hero.
Well, would you look at that. May is nearly upon us (in the month sense, not the ‘grinning harbinger of political doom’ one), and that means only one thing: Eurovision. Wait, don’t run away! Let me try and persuade you to appreciate Europe’s premier cheesefest a bit more…
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is that I never read Catcher in the Rye at school. To tell the truth, they made me read Heart of Darkness instead and so I think that’s pretty lousy now. But now that I’ve read this literary classic, I got a few thoughts about it.