WWW Wednesday – August 10, 2016

It’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

Refresher: this meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and was revived by Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to answer three reading-themed ‘W’ questions and then post the link to your post in the comments of Taking on a World of Words weekly post.

The questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading

I justAnything Could Happen covert started “Anything Could Happen” by Will Walton the other day. So far it’s been a fun and relatively lighthearted read (despite knowing that there’s probably some heartbreak looming in the distance) thanks to the admirably positive protagonist, Tretch. It’s very John Green if John Green wrote stories about young gay men who fall in love with their straight best friend and feel forced to keep their sexuality a secret in their small, conservative hometown. The language and references are very current, which will make it interesting to see how the book lasts the test of time (will readers of future generations appreciate Taylor Swift like Tretch does? Does anyone still say yolo?) but ultimately the characters are likeable and relateable. Probably what I love best is the way Tretch homes in on the sensation of isolation that comes with not just being in the closet but also having to tailor your decisions as a young queer person around hetero expectations.

What did you recently finish reading?

Far From You cover

“Far From You” was a griping murder mystery ripe with secrets and flawed characters. As much as I hate comparing apples and oranges, there were elements of it that reminded me of Pretty Little Liars (if you removed the ludicrous drama, rich white girl squad, and sensational plot), particularly with regards to the way Mina was made out to be this alluring young woman full of secrets who had no trouble getting her way. I adored Sophie – our miserable, heartbroken, junkie of a protagonist. I don’t normally like the “teens with attitude” trope but then again, rarely are angsty teens written so well. Sophie and her behavior were really well fleshed out; I felt like I could appreciate some of even her biggest mistakes. Ultimately though, it was the wlw representation that made this book a hit for me. I loved the way bisexuality was handled. Also, this book does a hearth-wrenching job of illustrating what it’s like to come to terms with loss. Without spoiling anything, Kyle’s revelation near the end reduced me to a blubbering mess. Much like Sophie, I didn’t realize how much I needed to hear it until I did.

Also, shout out to Tess Sharpe for being a class act:

 What do you think you’ll read next?

About a Girl - Sarah McCarryI’ve got Sarah McCarry’s “About a Girl” queued up to read next. I know very little about it aside from the fact that I’ll be swinging back into wlw territory and that technically it’s part of a series (I’m hearing conflicting reports as to whether or not you need to read the other books in the series to understand what’s going on. I’ll let you know).

 

 

 

 

I’m waiting until I finish “Anything Could Happen” and “About a Girl” before placing my next book order, which will include a couple more LGBT YA titles. As much as I hate parting with books, I am toying with the idea of reaching out to our local GSA to see if they’d be interested in inheriting my LGBTA collection when I’m finished with it. I just know how much of a difference it would have made for me to have easy access to books like these when I was in high school. If there’s a chance it could help, it would make it worth saying goodbye to some beloved titles.

8 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – August 10, 2016

  1. Yvo says:

    Far From You sounds like exactly the read I would enjoy as well! I will definitely be adding it to my wishlist. I hope you will enjoy your books this week! 🙂

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

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  2. Sam says:

    Anything Could Happen looks like a fun book but I think your right about the coming heartbreak. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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