Best Books II. – For LGTBQIA+ Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (9780062348685): Albertalli,  Becky: Books

Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Summary: This novel features Simon Spier, a not so openly gay sixteen year old who prefers to save his drama for the musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at major risk. Simon now has to find a way to navigate out of his comfort zone without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or his shot with happiness with a guy he’s never even met.

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Title: Red, White, & Royal Blue

Author: Casey McQuiston

Summary: Alex Claremont-Diaz, promptly casted as the American equivalent of a young royal when his mother becomes the President of the United States. There’s only one problem: Alex has a problem with the actual prince, Henry, across the world. When the tabloids get hold of a photo involving Alex and Henry’s altercation, the U.S. and British relations take a turn for the worse. A enemies turned lovers story that starts off as a fake friendship that grows deeper.

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Title: Carry On

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Summary: A ghost, love, and mystery story all rolled into one. The novel features Simon, the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen as his roommate Baz says. Simon can’t make his wand work and ends up lighting something on fire. His mentor is avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s monsters running amuck. Baz would normally have a field day with this, if he was there. Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

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Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author(s): John Green & David Levithan

Summary: Two teens with the same name meet in the most unlikely corner of Chicago, on a cold night. In two different social circles find themselves going in new and unexpected directions. Told in alternating voices from both Will Grayson and Will Grayson, this novel features a double helping of heart and humor.

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Book Review of Will Grayson, Will Grayson: Coming Soon! You Should See Me in a Crown (9781338503265): Johnson, Leah:  Books

Title: You Should See me in a Crown

Author: Leah Johnson

Summary: This novel features Liz Lighty, a young woman who believes she is too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich town. When the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plan come to a close. Until she is reminded that her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen exist. She’s willing to do whatever it takes in order to get into her dream school. The only thing that makes it bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. However, Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams? Or will it make her dreams come true instead?

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Notable Mentions:

What if it’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

If I was your Girl – Meredith Russo

Leah off the Beat – Becky Albertalli

Lies We Tells Ourselves – Robin Talley

I’ll Give you the Sun – Jandy Nelson

They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

Annie on my Mind – Nancy Garden

Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan

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Author Spotlight I. – Samuel Yaw Jian Fong

Title: Mockingston Faire

Author: Samuel Yaw Jian Fong


Three friends — Victoria Hughes, Jack Zhang, and Ludvig Gerald — attend Mockingston Faire, an annual convention where fans meet their friends and favourite characters, buy and sell art, play games, and have a good time. Victoria wants to see Gunfighter III, her anticipated game, and reconcile with Ludvig over what she did last year; Jack wants to get as many pictures of his dearest characters and personalities; and Ludvig just wants to keep away from annoying fans and events who constantly forced him to become an amateur actor.

But the Faire itself has its own challenges. Everywhere they go, they seem to be unable to evade the malcontents of pop culture. From violent brawls between bitter fandoms, to nuisances who hound their every step, the whole Faire seems to descend into chaos.

Can these three make it through this dysfunctional festival with their friends in one piece? Or will they succumb to the surrounding rage, losing their sanity and reputation in the process?

Mockingston Faire, Samuel Yaw Jian Fong

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This novel is filled with heartfelt comedy about three young friends that find themselves in sticky and humorous situations. Victoria Hughes, Jack Zhang, and Ludvig Gerald attend the Mockingston Faire an annual convention where fans have the ability to meet their friends and favorite characters. I found this novel to be funny; laughing throughout many points of the story between the characters and the situations they got into during the faire. As the faire goes descends into chaos these three try their hardest to make it through the chaos and try to keep their sanity.

The writing flowed nicely! It’s clear that the author made sure to double even triple check their written work before publishing. You’ll absolutely fall in love with the characters and the wacky shenanigans they get up to during the faire. From Victoria’s constant selfies to Ludvig’s battles bringing out a chainsaw from a sheath you’ll absolutely love the way these characters interact with one another and other characters in the story. In this humorous tale full of twists and turns, you’ll want to keep turning the page until the very end.

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Best Books I. – For Mystery

Title: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Summary: One of Us is Lying is a gripping, mysterious story of five students; Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, Cooper, and Simon who walk into detention and only four make it out alive. Each of the high school students have secrets that would do anything to protect, would they go as far as killing to protect those secrets?

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Title: Here Lies Daniel Tate

Author: Cristin Terrill

Summary: This novel features Daniel Tate, at ten years old he goes missing without a trace. Six years later, he resurfaces on a snowy street in Vancouver, older, and different. His family, ecstatic brings him home to a world of wealthy and comfort. It’s a miracle, but there’s one thing that doesn’t sit right with him: He isn’t Daniel Tate. He is actually a con artist who soon realizes he’s not the only one in the Tate household with a secret. The family has many secrets and one of them is ready to go as far as killing to keep the worst secret from getting out.

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Title: The Cheerleaders

Author: Kara Thomas

Summary: This novel features the town of Sunnybrook; five years ago lost five of its high school cheerleaders in the span of a few weeks. Two were killed in a car accident, another pair were murdered in their homes, and the fifth, a suicide. The main character, Monica is the younger sister of former cheerleader Jennifer; coming up on the anniversary of the cheerleaders deaths, Monica discovers something that has her questioning whether or not the man blamed for the deaths is the culprit.

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Title: The Third Twin

Author: CJ Omololu

Summary: This novel features Lexi and Ava and their alter ego Alicia. Boys who have dated the alter ego Alicia are murdered. Always after a falling out with either Lexi or Ava. All evidence points to one of them or to someone who doesn’t even exist at all.

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Title: Sharp Objects

Author: Gillian Flynn

Summary: Crime reporter Camille Preaker, an alcoholic with a recent discharge from a psychiatric hospital after years of self-harming returns to her home town to investigate the murders of two young girls.

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Notable Mentions:

Sadie – Courtney Summers

The Leaving – Tara Altebrando

The Darkest Corners – Kara Thomas

All your Twisted Secrets – Diana Urban

The Cousins – Karen M. McManus

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson

I Killed Zoe Spanos – Kit Frick

To Catch a Killer – Sheryl Scarborough

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