To keep you cozy this winter, today we are going to highlight three books that are hot unputdownable reads that feature prominently LGBT characters. Grab your hot cocoa and let’s get started…
Boy, this book by Jandy Nelson is receiving a torrent of awards and acclaim.
School library journal describes the story as: “fraternal twins and burgeoning artists Jude and Noah are inseparable until puberty hits and they find themselves competing for boys, a spot at an exclusive art school, and their parents’ affections. Told in alternating perspectives and time lines, with Noah’s chapters taking place when they are 13 and Jude’s when they are 16, this novel explores how it’s the people closest to us who have the power to both rend us utterly and knit us together.”
Lauren Oliver from the New York Times Review says: “Bold, even breathtaking. You get the sense [the] characters are bursting through the words, breaking free of normal metaphors and constructions, jubilantly trying to rise up from the prison of language . . . The book celebrates art’s capacity to heal, but it also shows us how we excavate meaning from the art we cherish, and how we find reflections of ourselves within it. . . . I’ll Give You the Sun is a dazzling mirror.”
The Los Angeles Times calls this book “deliciously brazen…a smart and seductive enchantment,” while USA Today considers it “superb storytelling. Fingersmith is gripping; so suspenseful and twisting is the plot that for the last 250 pages, I read at breakneck speed.”
The Library Journal describes the novel: “In Victorian London, the orphaned Sue Trinder is raised by Mrs. Sucksby, den mother to a family of thieves, or “fingersmiths.” To repay Mrs. Sucksby’s kindness, Sue gets involved in a scam but soon regrets it.
Julie Beck from The Atlantic describes this book as the “fantasy book I didn’t know I’d been waiting for for years…Rowell’s mystery, magic, and political intrigue is the sexiest love story I’ve read in a long time.” It was also named a Best Book of 2015 by Time Magazine, Barnes & Noble, and NPR.
Time Magazine shared a beautiful description of Rainbow Rowell’s story. “It’s a brilliantly addictive, genuinely romantic story about teenagers who can’t be neatly sorted into houses, coping with stress and loss and the confusion of just trying to be who they are. It’s as if Rowell turned the Harry Potter books inside out, and is showing us the marvelous, subversive stuffing inside.”
So this winter, while it’s snowing and cold outside, here are three wonderful options to cuddle up with under a blank.