Thursday, November 6, 2014

(62) Boyfriends with Girlfriends

Title: Boyfriends with Girlfriends By Alex Sanchez
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA, LGBT

Synopsis: Sergio is bisexual, but his only real relationship was with a girl. Lance has always known he was gay, but he’s never had a real boyfriend. When the two of them meet, they have an instant connection—but will it be enough to overcome their differences?

Allie’s been in a relationship with a guy for the last two years—but when she meets Kimiko, she can’t get her out of her mind. Does this mean she’s gay? Or bi? Kimiko, falling hard for Allie, is willing to stick around and help Allie figure it out.

Review: First let me say I love Alex Sanchez.  I haven't read of book of his that I didn't like and this was no exception.  I breezed through this in a few hours.  I loved it based on its story, not the writing.  He has written better books but this is a topic that really isn't discussed.

Sanchez really seems to grasp the angsty teenage craziness as well as the confusion that sometimes comes while trying to define sexuality.  He does this in a way that is respectful to whatever label you choose to identify with and opens up a whole world of discussion and thoughtfulness on the topic. There aren't a lot of books out there about bisexuality so I was glad to see that this seemed to be the main topic of this book.

Bisexuality is so often misunderstood by both the heterosexual community and the homosexual community. This book really brought the discussion of bisexuality out into the open. Being bi is often labeled as fence sitting and I am so happy that there are books like this out there for youth who are questioning whether they are gay, straight or bi.

Another big plus to Sanchez's books is that the characters aren't always white.  Gotta love diversity in YA books.  While the writing didn't seem up to par with Sanchez's other books I loved it anyway.

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