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Archived BOM Nominations > December 2013 Book of the Month - Winner=Not Broken Just Bent

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message 1: by Kaje (last edited Dec 05, 2013 08:42AM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16516 comments This thread is for nominations for the YA LGBT book that you would like to see the group read in December 2013.

Anything we haven't already read is welcome. Please post a link to the book, copy the blurb, and give us a few words about why you think this would be a good choice. If it has edgy or potentially 16+ content please also note that - we'd be happy to have it on the list, but want members to be aware.

Books that lost a previous vote can to be nominated again, (and authors are allowed to nominate their own books if they feel moved to do so.)

Nominations will close after a maximum of 12 books are listed, or MIDNIGHT SAT 30th, before the newsletter goes out, so the poll can be posted.


The poll is posted HERE. Voting will go through Midnight Dec. 4th.

And the winner is Not Broken, Just Bent - discussion thread will be up soon.

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Rainbowheart | 715 comments I think The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson would be a good choice.

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

"In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três' matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die."

The reason I think it would be a good choice is because it has a lot of queer themes. It's a future world without any homophobia, so guys and girls can get together with no problem. Almost everyone in the story is bisexual. The two main guy characters in the story are in love with each other and sleeping together. One of them is also sleeping with the MC, and the other one slept with the MC in the past. The MC's mom is also bisexual and is married to another woman. She was previously married to the MC's dad. Not sure if the new stepmom is lesbian or bi. There's also another important male character who is gay or bi. So that makes 5 queer characters in the book!

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C. Kennedy | 184 comments Here's to You, Zeb Pike Here's to You, Zeb Pike by Johanna Parkhurst

Fact: When Zebulon Pike attempted to climb what is now known as Pikes Peak, he got stuck in waist-deep snow and had to turn back.

That's the last thing Dusty Porter learns in his Colorado history class before appendicitis ruins his life. It isn't long before social services figures out that Dusty's parents are more myth than reality, and he and his siblings are shipped off to live in Vermont with an uncle and aunt they've never met.

Dusty's new life is a struggle. His brother and sister don't seem to need him anymore, and he can't stand his aunt and uncle. At school, one hockey player develops a personal vendetta against him, while Emmitt, another hockey player, is making it hard for Dusty to keep pretending he's straight. Problem is, he's pretty sure Emmitt’s not gay. Then, just when Dusty thinks things can't get any worse, his mother reappears, looking for a second chance to be a part of his life.

Somehow Zebulon Pike still got the mountain named after him, so Dusty's determined to persevere—but at what point in life do you keep climbing, and when do you give up and turn back?

message 4: by Mia (last edited Nov 29, 2013 05:20PM) (new)

Mia Kerick | 76 comments Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick

Braving the start of high school, longtime childhood friends Benjamin Wells and Timmy Norton quickly realize they are entering a whole new world colored by their family responsibilities. Ben is trying to please his strict father; Timmy is taking care of his younger sisters. While their easy camaraderie is still comfortable, Ben notices Timmy growing distant and evasive, but Ben has his own problems. It’s easier to let concerns about Timmy’s home life slide, especially when Timmy changes directions and starts to get a little too close. Ben doesn’t know how to handle the new feelings Timmy’s desire for love inspires, and his continuing denial wounds Timmy deeply.

But what Timmy perceives as Ben’s greatest betrayal is yet to come, and the fallout threatens to break them apart forever. Over the next four years, the push and pull between them and the outside world twists and tears at Ben and Timmy, and they are haunted by fear and regret. However, sometimes what seems broken is just a little bent, and if they can find forgiveness within themselves, Ben and Timmy may be able to move forward together.(less)
ebook, 180 pages
Published November 14th 2013 by Harmony Ink (first published November 13th 2013)

My reasons for nominating this book can be summed up pretty well by Jake Wells in his review of this book: "In addition, the book has many layers all of which resonate with me as a reader. Self-discovery, self-acceptance, and wrestling with other people’s perceptions of who you are and how their opinion of you impacts your standing in society. It’s all there. In addition, the story addresses very relevant issues of domestic abuse and how it’s damaging effects permeate every relationship it touches." This book is also incredibly moving, I think it could bring many people to tears.

message 5: by Tad (last edited Nov 29, 2013 05:16PM) (new)

Tad | 1 comments I read "Not Broken, Just Bent", it was such an awesome book! I am a teen reader and this book reminded a lot about stuff I go through.Not Broken, Just Bent

message 6: by Gabby (last edited Nov 29, 2013 10:58PM) (new)

Gabby | 166 comments Just bought this and really want to read it:

The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina
Life is fabulous for Jonathan Parish.
He's seventeen, out and proud, and ready to party through senior year with his posse of best girlfriends. But the year starts off with the wrong kind of bang when Jonathan -- in an inebriated lapse of judgment -- sleeps with a friend of his... A girlfriend!
When word gets around that hot-but-previously-unavailable Jonathan might be on the market, the school's 'it' girl approaches him with a proposal: pretend to be her boyfriend, and achieve popularity like he's never known. But popularity isn't what Jonathan wants. And suddenly, going back into the closet becomes Jonathan's only way to get what he's after -- a trip to see Kylie Minogue.

message 7: by Kaje (last edited Dec 01, 2013 08:26AM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16516 comments NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

The poll is posted HERE. Voting will go through Midnight Dec. 4th.

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