All Taylor wants to do is stop. Stop being gay, stop being sick, stop being the world’s biggest burden. And when a prestigious university hands him a scholarship to another life, he’s got his chance. A chance to go from Taylor Lassau, the human tragedy, to Taylor, the human, sexuality unspecified. Too bad unspecified feels a lot like gay when Calis Schrader, the cute guy with a smoking habit, keeps smiling at him.
And then there’s the whole angry ex-boyfriend situation.
OKAY GUYS! THIS IS THE THING. THIS IS THE BOOK. I WROTE IT. I worked really hard and I’m super proud of it. It’s m/m, mlm, whatever you wanna call it. It’s diverse. It’s New Adult. But if you like young adult, you’ll probably like it. The main character is Native American and gay, and well, spoilers, but there’s stated bisexual representation, and I worked hard to make this cast really diverse and representative. There’s tons of poc in the supporting cast! Just give it a shot. I promise you’ll like it.
Also, I’m bisexual. It’s bi visibility week. And there’s a main bisexual character. SO. You basically have no choice.
15. How do you select the names of your characters?
This is one of the coolest things about fantasy writing! I get so much scope to create new words and interesting sounds. But, as I have a background in language with a limited amount of linguistics, I have a good idea about how languages work. I hope that lets me avoid the many pitfalls of creating fantasy words and names—such as the infestation of apostrophes in the middle of words!
books with straight protags:shelves upon shelves. you want them to fall in love? you got it, even in books where it really isn't necessary. you want them to fight crime? sure! you want them to have magical powers? take your pick! no one could possibly read them all.
books with gay, male protags:a handful, nowhere NEAR as much as books with straight protags, with an annoying large amount of "Gay Suffering" books, but the number of books where the protag DOESN'T suffer is growing. you may find a couple you haven't read yet.
books with lesbian protags:harder to find than the above, but the number is slowly but surely growing. unfortunately, you've already read them all, and why are so many of them sad????
books with trans protags:there are maybe three in the whole ya section and 2 of them are sad. you've also read all three of them.
books with biseuxal protags:there is one. you own it and have read it 1000000 times. it's not even very good but it's the best option there is. you settle for headcanoning some (all) of the straight protags as bi. (the subtext is there... because you inserted it but you can still see it... if you squint...)
books with asexual protags:ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
“A brilliant story about the courage it takes to keep living after your world falls apart. A heart-wrenching celebration of love and friendship and family.” – (Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak)
For an English class assignment, Laurel is asked to write a letter to a dead person. She naturally chooses to write to Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. Also, May died young like he did. Throughout time, Laurel compiles a series of written letters in her notebook to Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger and more. Although she never hands her assignment into her teacher, she opens up starting high school, falling in love and her crumbling family life on paper. Through her letters, she begins to rediscover May. May failed her as a sister when she was suffering, but she eventually accepts that May was as human as she is now.
If you enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you will revel in Love Letters to the Dead’s sentimentality. Dellaira’s prose urges you to stop and ingest every word. Love Letters to the Dead will make you cry with the tenderness that Dellaira weaves in each page. The book contains an anguished beauty, which is difficult to find, but an anguish, which fills you rather than leaving you empty.
Today, I’m going to spotlight an amazing publishing company, @harpercollins / @epicreads!
They’ve been sending me some “epic” reads this month and I wanted to share them with you!
📚Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss (happy release day!)
📚The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
📚The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
📚My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
📚Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
📚Dreamology by Lucy Keating
📚Unrivaled by Alyson Noël
Also, I have never taken a photo from this angle before! Mostly because my bed isn’t anything special… But you want to know a secret?
I hung up the photos and lights right before I took this picture LOL! Actually, this photo is exactly why I made my bed area pretty hahahaha.
That’s one of the many secrets of a bookstagrammer😂. I don’t really decorate a certain way unless it will look good in photos. And sometimes, a set up is just for show! Say for example a cup of coffee is in the photo - Of course I will end up drinking it (because I’m so obsessed), BUT 50% of the time I made that cup of coffee specifically for a photo lol.
Hmm maybe I will do a blog post or youtube video about this in the future 😏