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April is National Poetry Month and in celebration, we’re hosting several teen poetry programs here at the Central Library throughout vacation week. Yesterday’s workshop was called “Poetry In Hand” and incorporated Black Out poetry, Found poetry, and Magnetic Poetry.
The poem below was written by Anonymous at the Central Branch yesterday using Magnetic Poetry:
Graffiti Moon is a brilliant story about the awkward moments and true aspects of teenage love.
Ed is a graffiti artist who goes by the name of Shadow, spraying raw emotions onto the city walls.
Lucy blows glass, crafting her memories into tranperant art.
Lucy wants to find shadow. He is here dream man. Simple enough? No.
Lucy and Ed have actually dated before, which ended with Ed touching her butt and Lucy breaking his nose.
On their last night of senior year, follow them on a misadventure of expression of art, poetry, reality vs.
expectation, and a struggle to accept one’s self.
I enjoyed this and laughed for the first time in a long time reading about Ed, his poetic yet mischevious friend,
lucy and her supposedly psychic friend as each chapter shows different aspects of the same amazing night. I couldn’t
put the book down and regreted finishing it so fast.
This is the story of a gay teen, Nate, who forces himself to say goodbye to the love of his life when his boyfriend, Adam, takes on a position at an off-Broadway theater far away from the town they grew up in. Adam moves in with roommates, and suddenly doesn’t have the time to talk to Nate as much as he used to. Nate gets jealous when Adam’s naked roommate keeps walking into their Skype conversation and touching Adam, making references to things that might or might not have happened.
Lots of emotion is flung around in this novel. Nate makes new friends, and attempts to gain a new boyfriend, even though he can’t get Adam out of his head. I truly enjoyed this story for the real raw emotions it portrayed. There were a lot of tears, a lot of anger, but it was all worth it for the happy ending. If you like reading gay romance novels, I would highly recommend this well written novel! Plus, there’s a playlist at the very end if you’re interested in that kind of thing.
I’d like to take a moment to talk about books. Specifically YA LGBTQ books. I know that’s one heck of an alphabet soup, isn’t it? YA stands for Young Adult, otherwise known as Teen. And LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, and Questioning. But, you knew all that already, didn’t you.
For those of you who don’t know www.goodreads.com is a social networking site geared toward book lovers. There, you can keep track of the books you’ve read, liked, hated, or books you want to read. You can write reviews, talk to others who felt the same way about a book you read, and join in group discussions.
There are groups for fans of a specific author, or fans of a specific genre, even fans of other things like knitting, or football. Whatever group you’re dreaming of, it’s probably there. And if it’s not, feel free to create it!
Why do I mention this? I’ve heard from many teens who visit the Copley Teen Room that there aren’t enough LGBTQ books in our collection. I’m working furiously to change that, but I wanted to give you guys a heads up that there IS a Goodreads group specifically for YA LGBTQ books and those people who read them. How fricken cool is that?!?! Yeah, that’s what I said when I found out!
The group is called “YA LGBT Books”. All you need to do is join Goodreads for free, and then join the group within the website. They have a monthly book group that nominates a different book to read each month and then they discuss it once it’s read. You can join in! Feel free to nominate your favorite books, and read the book of the month. It is here you can find more LGBTQ books than you ever thought were possible to exist. So check them out, and start reviewing them today!
And if you should find something you think we should have in our teen collection, be it LGBTQ or not, let us know! We want to order what you want to read. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Now, I know I mentioned Lady Gaga in the title of this post. Why? Because I found an awesome fan video done to one of her songs, featuring a gay wedding twist I thought you might like. Check it out below:
This was an awesome book about a British teenage boy who’s on his own, looking for his father, by becoming a computer hacker. But when he and his friends steal important government files, they get more than they bargained for. Special Ops from the American Army show up to arrest them along with the British MI5 who want more than to simply arrest them. This is the heart wrenching and action packed story of how one teen finally meets his real father and claims a new family among military veterans, even as MI5 are still tracking him down, wanting him dead for the information he knows. Definitely a don’t miss novel! I loved it. Once I got started, I couldn’t put it down to save my life. I highly recommend it.
His Eyes by Renee Carter
Ready by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
This was a short, sweet, romance novel. Again, another book I couldn’t put down. Amy is a down to earth girl, about to graduate high school, and needing money to be able to attend her dream college. How she gets that money, is the interesting part. She’s hired to babysit a blind teenager from a very preppy school filled with rich kids. Only this kid, Tristan, newly blind from a show jumping accident, doesn’t want anything to do with anyone. Will he come around before it’s too late? Or will his ex-girlfriend, who doesn’t know he’s blind, and who’s intent on using him to get her on the cover of People Magazine, grab him up before Amy can get through to him? If you love romance novels, check this one out. A fast paced book, you won’t be able to put down.