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Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
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Oct 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: coming-of-age, vine, ya, lgbtq
Read in October, 2012

Short, sweet and very heartfelt YA. It's your basic coming-of-age type story - angsty teenager dealing with friends, family, school, romance - but with an LGBT angle (and not just the main character - her best friend also is gay, and her group of friends forms their school's gay/straight alliance - so lots of opportunity to explore LGBT youth issues). The story touches on a lot of other issues, too, like class/money and the death of a parent.

In short, Colby, the main character, is struggling with a whole mess of things (schoolwork, regular work, her mother's death from cancer, her mostly absent father, the girl who dumped her for a guy), and then she adopts this stray dog and her transformational love for Mr. Mutt becomes a catalyst for/lens through which she sees everything else happening in her life. It's a quick but worthy read, and Colby is a wonderful character. I really wish there had been more LGBT stories like this when I was her age.
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