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How Beautiful the Ordinary by Michael Cart
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Nov 02, 2009

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bookshelves: diverse-sexuality-youth, ya-2009, young-adult, short-stories, diverse-gender
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This collection of GLTBQ-themed short stories definitely skews toward older teen readers in style as well as content. And the content ranges all over, including the darkly disturbing (Lanagan, big surprise) and the honestly explicit (Peters). Most of the stories are about older young adults--Donoghue's and Maguire's stories are even written from an older adult perspective. I enjoyed the mixed format (comics by Schrag and Shanower), and was pleased to see several stories featuring trans characters(by Woodson, Block and Boylan). But most of all, I loved Levithan's story about modern queer teens, from the perspective of queer generations past. It's true: when same-sex marriage is legal in South Carolina, we'll know we've finally arrived.

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