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My Top 10 LGBT Young Adult Books

I was asked for a recent guest post to list my personal top ten books of all time. But honestly, the thought of having to conjure and then commit to a list of my ten all-time favourites is positively panic-inducing.

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Those Awkward Straight Girl Crushes

That awkward straight-friend crush. Haven’t all teen lesbians lived that particular hell?

My upcoming novel, Here’s the Thing is about sixteen-year-old Zel, who returns to Australia after nearly a year in New York. And when she moves she’s forced to leave her best friend, Prim, behind. This is extra devastating for Zel because for almost the entire time they’ve been friends, Zel has been harbouring a mammoth, unrequited crush on her.

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Why the LGBT Label Still Matters in YA Fiction

I did a guest post for Up Close and Literal on whether LGBT counts as a genre, where I tell a story about one of my readers that reflects why I think we still need this label for LGBTQ books—especially in young adult fiction. 

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Bisexuality: Representation and Realism.

Who’s afraid of the word bisexual? Negotiating the line between representation and realism in YA stories.

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Gay YA and Strong Narrative Voices

The one thing I really love and particularly relish in lesbian/bi young adult fiction is a story with a distinct narrative voice.

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Thursday Nights

The night to be young and gay in inner northern Melbourne, Australia has and will always be Thursday night.

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