Sunday, January 19, 2014

Eight top LGBTQ characters in Young Adult lit

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog, Dahlia Adler tagged eight top lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning characters in YA literature, including:
Nicola from Empress of the World, by Sara Ryan

Far more emphatic on characters than story, this book had me falling in love with bisexual Nicola as hard and fast as she does for the aptly named Battle. Nic never really freaks out about the fact that she’s suddenly into a girl, nor feels the need to defend or explain it. Though she’s endlessly analytical in everything she does (not like anyone else I know who might have written this blog post), this is one arena in which she doesn’t need a million lists to understand what matters—a solid and often necessary reminder that love is about the person who makes you happy, regardless of semantics, norms, or expectations.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue