Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 13 to 18
- Grade: 8 to 12
Teachers and librarians can broaden their library collections to include the rich variety of relationships that young people experience today with this set of 17 short, readable teen novels.
These romances feature characters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and gender fluid. Teen readers will recognize the stories, settings and characters as realistic and contemporary. LGBTQ2+ teens will see themselves and the experiences they and their friends are having reflected in these novels. The portrayals are positive, and the stories end well – though sometimes the resolution is bitter-sweet.
These novels are written by authors who know the world and the relationships they portray first hand. Many are young first-time authors uniquely qualified to portray characters and situations authentically. The stories all take place in contemporary Canada, with relatable, appealing characters who will ring true.
Featuring short, readable prose suitable for everyone and not just serious readers, this set offer a new category of romance fiction for any classroom, school or public library teen section.
About the authors
TONY CORREIA lives in Vancouver, B.C. He has worked as a waiter, bartender, bouncer, barista, receptionist, and recently, a technical writer for a software company. His newspaper column, Queen's Logic, ran in Xtra! West for five years. He is the author of the Lorimer Real Love novel Same Love. His memoir Foodsluts at Doll & Penny's Cafe was published in 2012. Follow Tony on Twitter and Instagram @garpinbc or on his blog, www.everythingtonycorreia.com.
Born in Denmark, Mette Bach grew up in North Delta. Her essays have appeared in Vancouver Review, First Person Queer (Arsenal Pulp Press), Second Person Queer (Arsenal Pulp Press) and Visible: A Femmethology (Homofactus Press). Her journalism has appeared in The Advocate, The Globe & Mail, and Xtra. She has an MFA in creative writing from UBC, writes a column called Not That Kind of Girl for Outlooks Magazine (Canada's LGBTQ Magazine) and Out Look Weekly (in Columbus, Ohio). She teaches four creative writing courses for the Continuing Studies Department at Langara College. Karen X. Tulchinsky directed Mette Bach's first screenplay, Ms. Thing, which played at film festivals around the world. Daniella Sorrentino directed her second screenplay, Viral, which will debut at festivals this summer. Off the Highway is her first book.
MARKUS HARWOOD-JONES is a writer, visual artist and documentary filmmaker. He has self-published the short story collections Confessions of a Teenage Transsexual Whore and Everything & All at Once; his feature film, Mosaic, tells the story of his journey across Canada and the United States to learn more about the trans community. He is author of the Lorimer Real Love teen romances, Just Julian and Romeo for Real. Markus lives in Toronto, Ontario.
MYRIAD AUGUSTINE is a queer, non?binary, intersectional feminist. They founded and co?run the Wheelhouse, a nonprofit designed to be a supporting resource for people facing barriers of accessibility. This is their first teen novel. Myriad lives in Toronto, Ontario.
TRACY GOLDFARB is a writer and artist who is involved in the LBGTQ+ community. Tracy attended OCAD for sculpture and currently teaches fabrication skills at Humber College. Love, IRL is their first YA novel. Tracy lives in Toronto with their husband and two cats.
Angel Jendrick is the author of gritty contemporary romances. She also dabbles in poetry, from time to time. When not writing or editing (or thinking about writing or editing), she watches movies, jams to her favourite tunes, runs after her kids, or works on her latest home reno or DIY project.
With her wife, their three children, Ellie their energetic Lab, and a blind cat named Taz, Angel lives on Prince Edward Island.