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When strange powers emerge in a group of gay teens in the town of Nuffim, their lives are forever changed. Troy is a closeted jock who starts to sense other people's emotions. His geeky brother, Gibbie, develops super strength. Flamboyant Chad unleashes his inner animal, while his gal pal Mandy turns invisible.

"I can totally use my power to psych out my competition," says
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ebook, 228 pages
Published February 14th 2010 by Lethe Press (first published 2009)
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Sheri
Head hopping. Superficial skimming. Say what??

Honestly, I don’t know where to start. I don’t want to play the hate on you game, but I’m telling you, this book was SO not for me.
Part of the problem for me was the sheer amount of characters and lack of smooth transition from one crazy head to another. One page we are in the gay cheerleader's head and then the next in the geeky nerd's and then the next the popular jock’s head and it was…confusing to say the least. I felt as if I never really got to
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
This book is just fun. I was laughing all the way through it just loved all of these characters. Even the crazy bad guys were great for laughs.

If you want a light, funny read that isn’t overly sweet with a bit of romance and a lot of drama this is it.

Oh and they have some superpowers and stuff
Robert
Sep 07, 2010 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-ya, m-m-fantasy
What a great tale! From the hot jock, to the nerd, to the male cheerleader, to the straight/gay/straight popular girl, I LOVED these characters (even the baddies)!! I thought this was going to be some fluff story about gay boys who become comic book heroes but it was nothing like that. Would be so much fun to see it made into a movie. X-Men can suck it!
Jen
2.5 stars

This book was flat out whackytown. Don't pick it up if you're wanting complex character development or a sexy romance or anything that's not camp-satire.

The number one thing that drove me batshit crazy about it was the frequent mid-passage POV shifts with a complete lack of ANY transitional devices whatsoever. So, between that and the sheer number of characters involved in the story, things got confusing fairly often.

It was also just ridiculous about 75% of the time.

That said, it got
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J.M.
Aug 01, 2010 J.M. rated it really liked it
“Queeroes” is everything I love in a book ~ adventure, drama, romance, and superheroes. It’s a humorous look at high school life from all the cliques I remember in my own school. Troy is the popular jock, Mandy and Chad cheerleaders who form the basis for the school’s “in” crowd. Troy’s brother Gibbie is the nerdy geek whose interests include Dungeons and Dragons, comic books, and dodging bullies. Goth Devon wants nothing to do with his peers, while mousy Liza just wants to be heard.

When they co
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Geert Renders
It was a fun read. You don't find many stories about Queer superheroes, so that made it interesting for me. If you just want to not think too much and enjoy a fun gay themed story, this book will be a good choice. Just don't expect a super high quality story or writing style. I also found that the characters weren't fleshed out enough and to close to stereotypes.
Absynthe
Feb 24, 2011 Absynthe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, sci-fi, superheroes
I totally loved this book!!!! Then again, I love a good superhero story. This was well-written, well-thought out and thoroughly enjoyable.

Wish there was a sequel.
Kassa
Apr 06, 2010 Kassa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Queeroes is a clever and humorous look at high school outcasts that suddenly gain superpowers. The plot is decent and offers some hilarious scenes and dialogue with interesting characters. The issues and problems all teenagers experience are still present to the changed teens so now there is an added level of drama to the mix. The narrative has some incredible high points but it also hits some low points, most especially with the melodramatic and idealistic ending. The story is clearly filled wi ...more
Jimmy
Sep 04, 2010 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: InsightOut Book Club.com
Searching for something different, fun & funny, and a good quick read from start to finish? ‘Queeroes’ is what you’re looking for. Because of it’s ending, I’m hopeful that Steven Bereznai continues their story. I’m eager to return to this group to find out how their lives and powers develop. After drinking the contaminated yet unharmful bottled drinking water Etienne, the high schoolers gain super abilities. Knowing how responsible and mature teens can be, you already know they can handle th ...more
Jimmy
Apr 23, 2011 Jimmy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jimmy by: InsightOut Book Club
Searching for something different, fun & funny, and a good quick read from start to finish? ‘Queeroes’ is what you’re looking for. Because of it’s ending, I’m hopeful that Steven Bereznai continues their story. I’m eager to return to this group to find out how their lives and powers develop. After drinking the contaminated yet unharmful bottled drinking water Etienne, the high schoolers gain super abilities. Knowing how responsible and mature teens can be, you already know they can handle th ...more
Gerard Villegas
Aug 31, 2014 Gerard Villegas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally a GLBT author who gets it! I read about Queeroes online and thought I'd give it a try. First let say that it was a hoot and great camp to enjoy something within the superhero genre that did not take itself to seriously. After reading Hero by the late Perry Moore, I was disappointed by the overall tone of a potential series. Now going back to Bereznai's characters, I love the different archetypes from the closeted jock, the queenie friend, the nerdy geek, and the pretty galpal and how the ...more
Stephen
A fast fun read that touches on the super powers theme. I kept hoping that it would develop deeper themes but it was an ok read for what it was.

It definately fits into what I'm quickly coming to think of as "post-gay" teen fiction. You know... books that deal with a universe where being gay is no bigger stigma than being a nerd or some other put-upon high school minority. In parts it reminded me of Boy Meets Boy
Tom
Aug 16, 2016 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A weird, short and often fun read. In short I really enjoyed the characters, powers and concept ; but really didn't care for the plot all that much. The tonal shifts between superhero coming-of-age story followed by body horror and suicide were a little to much for me to cope with. The characters (whilst perhaps too often falling into stereotypes) did hold my attention through the darker passages - but I'd like to seen more development.
Phil Williams
Mar 13, 2010 Phil Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A fun young adult book. I really like the message that we all must live honestly, out of the closet, in order to be happy.
Emma
Mar 05, 2015 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

They used a few derogatory terms... a lot. I don't mind, though. They fit into the story. I liked the writing style, and I'm on to read the second book now.
Rob
Dec 27, 2011 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great characters, all fleshed out well. It was a fun read, with a well paced plot. It's a gay 'Breakfast Club' mashed with the tv show 'Heroes,' that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Noel Roach
Jun 24, 2014 Noel Roach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun quick read. They are queer. They are heroes. They are Queeroes. And in high school too. Cheerleaders, jocks, geeks, evil goths; what more could you want?
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Steven Bereznai is a Toronto author and travel writer.

His newest book is I Want Superpowers, a dystopian YA novel, available at all major online outlets.

His first book, Gay and Single...Forever, was released in 2006, followed by his novels Queeroes and Queeroes 2. His writing is also featured in the anthologies Second Person Queer, I Like It Like That, Singleism, The Lavender Menace, and Best Gay
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