Roving Pack by Sassafras Lowrey

Review   Summary Roving Pack is set in an underground world of homeless queer teens. The stories follow the daily life of Click, a straight-edge transgender kid searching for community, identity, and connection amidst chaos. As the stories unfold, we meet a pack of newly sober gender rebels creating art, families and drama in dilapidated punk …

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Review Summary Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a …

Dime by E.R. Frank

This book was awarded my May 2016 Best of the Bunch Award! After struggling to deal with her foster mother’s alcoholism and the burdens placed on her that make attending school difficult, 14 year-old Dime gets drawn into the world of a handsome man she knows as Daddy. Daddy takes her in, gives her new …

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

In Speak, we are introduced to Melinda Sordino, a girl who enters her freshman year of high school to discover that all her friends (and everyone else she runs into) hate her for calling the cops during a summer party a month before school began. As Melinda moves through the awkward loneliness of this new …

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

I know what you’re thinking: “But Elise, this is a children’s book! Why would you put this on a blog for adults? What could we possibly find in a book meant for 11 year olds?” Hold you horses, people, cause it turns out we can learn a whole hell of a lot from well-written children’s …