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Road Trip Wednesday #187: Your Favorite LGBT Novel

Welcome to our 187th Road Trip Wednesday!

 Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic. We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link - or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week's Topic: In honor of the just ended National Pride Month, what's your favorite LGBT novel?

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  Next week’s topic: Quarterly check-in: we did one back in March, so now that we've just passed the halfway mark of the year, how are you doing on your goals?

Kaitlin Ward

Kaitlin Ward is the author of Bleeding Earth, Adaptive Books 2016, and The Farm, coming 2017 from Scholastic.

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  1. I've read A LOT of LGBT novels, so I just wrote about my favorites from this year. LINK!

  2. This question made me deal with a painful reality of my life, which I confess here:

  3. I did a post about this back in April. Here's the link.

  4. Yay YA LGBT!

    Mine is a bit different because though two thirds of the novel focuses on teens, it's not technically YA. It's also predominantly a horror novel. You can visit my blog at or click here for my post.

  5. Guys, I couldn't think of a single book, which is beyond pathetic. Help me pick one out by suggesting your favorites!

  6. Love today's topic. My favourite LGBT novel is CODA by Emma Trevayne. It's a dystopian novel whose hero is a bisexual boy named Anthem. Brilliant novel - my best read of the year so far.

  7. So this is kind of a sad turnout. :/
    I've read a decent amount of, well, L novels, and I keep up with the news on them, so I know that YA L novels exist. But I often find them hard to read. There's a small selection, and if they don't grab me I can't just turn to a different one. I just put it down and feel sad that it wasn't better.

    But I loved A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend, by Emily Horner. And I don't often like contemps, but this one was great, funny and sad and cute. And, you know, ninjas. :)

    To extend the offering, one brilliant book is Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters. It's not YA, and it's not YA not because the characters are too old, because they aren't. It could easily have been a YA novel, but don't talk to me about edgy YA until you try this. It pulls no punches. Victorian drama with secrets and lies and insanity and betrayal and an intense, conflicted romance, with so many obstacles - the characters themselves being the biggest ones - and yet you have to root for them, even though you're not totally sure whether anyone in the book is a good person. But they deserve the chance to try.

    So if you haven't read any awesome L novels, try these two. Or even if you have, try them. They're worth it, because they're great books. And they're great on a broad measure, compared to all books, not just to LGBT ones.

  8. My current favorite is ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz. You can read my review of the book here


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