The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age
National Book Award Finalist * William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist * Goodreads Finalist for Best Teen Book of the Year * Walter Honor Award Winner * Pura Belpré Honor Book * Lambda Literary Award Winner for LGBTQ+ Young AdultA sharply funny and moving debut novel about a queer Mexican American girl navigating Catholic school, while falling in love and learning to celebrate her true self. Perfect for fans of Erika L. Sánchez, Leah Johnson, and Gabby Rivera.Sixteen-year-old Yamilet Flores prefers to be known for her killer eyeliner, not for being one of the only Mexican kids at her new, mostly white, very rich Catholic school. But at least here no one knows she's gay, and Yami intends to keep it that way. After being outed by her crush and ex-best friend before transferring to Slayton Catholic, Yami has new priorities: keep her brother out of trouble, make her mom proud, and, most importantly, don't fall in love. Granted, she's never been great at any of those things, but that's a problem for Future Yami. The thing is, it's hard to fake being straight when Bo, the only openly queer girl at school, is so annoyingly perfect. And smart. And talented. And cute. So cute. Either way, Yami isn't going to make the same mistake again. If word got back to her mom, she could face a lot worse than rejection. So she'll have to start asking, WWSGD: What would a straight girl do? Told in a captivating voice that is by turns hilarious, vulnerable, and searingly honest, The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School explores the joys and heartaches of living your full truth out loud.
Coming Of Age
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"THIS was what I was looking for with Felix Ever After—well-written, with likable characters whose less-flattering decisions are motivated by self-preservation. Essentially this book is a POC lesbian version of Openly Straight, with higher stakes and greater diversity. Given that I love Openly Straight (even with its flaws), it’s no surprise I also loved this book, which is head and shoulders above most YA. I appreciated that the characters pick and choose their battles, and oftentimes they lose."
"So cute and heartfelt! Love the Latinx representation."
"I usually don’t cry to books, but this absolutely destroyed me in the best way possible. I’m a sucker for family acceptance/apology, and this book offered just that!! It is a heavier read because it deals with things like homophobia, racism, and thoughts of suicide, so if that’s not something you are in the place to handle, this book is not for you. But the book has a wonderful sense of humor, and the romance in it is literally to die for. Not to mention the amazing sapphic and bisexual rep. I’m white, so I can’t speak on the POC rep, but I’ll mention it here anyway. Would highly recommend!!!"