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Every Day by David Levithan

Rating: 5/5

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy

Themes: High School, Supernatural

Queer Level: Bisexual & Queer Main Character; Straight, Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Secondary Characters

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It’s books like this that make the great hunt for the perfect read soooo worth it. Because this was absolutely perfect. And that word is only reserved for the worthy. I loved every moment -every line- written in. I hadn’t even hit a hundred pages before I knew this would rank in my favourite reads.

Who doesn’t love pondering over philosophical questions like, “what would it be like to live as someone else for a day?” or, “would you still love me if I looked like (fill in a variety of physical descriptions here)?” It’s about time a talented writer like Levithan saw potential in these thoughts and ran with the idea. The results are so unique and fascinating. The story started fresh, and continued on intriguing, and then turned complicated and all the more captivating for it. There wasn’t a dull moment.

This beauty in this book is that it gets you walking in many different people’s shoes (…pun only slightly intended). It keeps things fresh and you empathize with different lifestyles; every chapter is a new day in a new situation. So many characters are covered but it was rendered so carefully that it was easy to keep track. There is so much for the reader to relate to or learn from. Despite the all the differences, it also highlights how much we all have in common. Very powerful work.

Though… Before delving in, I read a few negative reviews that oddly made the experience better: they were frustrated at the lack of information given. Those readers wanted the science -the details- of how and why the body swapping was happening. I suggest letting go of the desire for answers now before picking it up; we only know as much as the main character learns about this lifestyle, and there is a lot of ignorance (yet a great deal is discovered). The focus is on the story and getting hung up on this kind of thing will drag it down. Don’t let it!

The reference to the song Running up that Hill was really nice. The characters sing the lyrics, “And if I only could make a deal with God” …but the next part that was left out adds an Easter egg to the story: “And get him to swap our places”. You could practically feel how this concept could have been inspired from these words. Very cool.

Seriously impressed and already looking forward to reading it again someday in the future.

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Bisexual, Gay, GLBTQ, Lesbian, Queer, Reviews, Transgender

 

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Omorphi by C. Kennedy

Rating: 5/5

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Action

Themes: High School, Abuse, Bullying

Queer Level: Gay & Queer Main Characters; Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Straight Secondary Characters

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What an exciting, heartbreaking, powerful, and motivating story this turned out to be! Omorphi a long one, but it’s so consumable and I’d happily read hundreds of pages more if given the opportunity. This story is guaranteed to pull at your emotions while it boldly tackles the heavy topic of abuse …yet is surprisingly hopeful, despite this.

The tension and drama build up as details are revealed. It sort of plays out like a mystery in a way. …It certainly has the depth of one! The foundation is strong and the results make for a gripping read. The information itself is paced out very evenly – enough that you are constantly asking questions but not so deprived to make you feel like you are left in the dark. Honestly, the climax had me so involved that my heart was literally racing for the last fifty pages or so! A lot of scenes had this effect on me. There are many frustrating points that made me want to flip tables, but it is supposed to make you mad; if the content doesn’t bother you then I don’t know what will. It has a cause and important messages. Highly recommended to those fond of hurt/comfort situations and those sadistic readers who want characters bleeding all over the pages!

The characters appeased me on so many levels. First of all; the entire spectrum of queer is represented from gay, lesbian, straight, transgender, to bi-curious… hell, there was even an intersex baby! It is rare to hit all in one book. What a treat! Second; C. Kennedy is exceptionally talented at handling victimized characters that you adore and sympathize with, yet still have the motivation to move forward and heal. It gives hope to fellow victims and empathy to readers who may know someone. And third; the romance was just so freakin’ cute. And there was a lot of it! These boys had me smiling so much. Michael -the main character- was the ideal boyfriend for poor Christy since he was such a tender and caring person who would tolerate anything to keep him safe. He embraced and encouraged Christy’s femininity with such ease too. He and his best friend Jake earned so much of my respect whenever they’d stand up against homophobia and speak out. The world needs more people like them.

Most importantly: this book is incredibly valuable because Christy’s case of abuse was very extreme, so it provides a lot of resources for many related situations and can act as a manual to handle them.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Gay, GLBTQ, Lesbian, Queer, Reviews, Transgender

 

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