Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Queer Recommendations from Queer Readers #2

Hi everyone! Today, I'm back with another Queer Recommendations from Queer Readers post! Queer Recommendations from Queer Readers is a new feature on my blog where I share different book recommendations with LGBTQIA+ representation from readers who identify as LGBTQIA+. I started the feature in the hopes of diversifying my blog a little, and what better way than to get you recommendations from queer readers?

Today, Jenny (she/her) of @booklover_on_a_budget on Instagram would like to recommend Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan. Here's why she loves Antisocial:
"It's one of the few novels where an asexual character isn't sex repulsed and discovers their boundaries when it comes to sex. It's also a great rec for those who want to read about gay characters not playing into heteronormative standards and a bit of found family trope. And lots of Japanese culture loving! (Can be seen as exoticism by some, though.)
A single stroke can change your world.

Xander Fairchild can’t stand people in general and frat boys in particular, so when he’s forced to spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined to resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten College to hide and make manga, not to be transformed into a corporate clone in the eleventh hour.

Skylar’s life has been laid out for him since before he was born, but all it takes is one look at Xander’s artwork, and the veneer around him begins to crack. Xander himself does plenty of damage too. There’s something about the antisocial artist’s refusal to yield that forces Skylar to acknowledge how much his own orchestrated future is killing him slowly…as is the truth about his gray-spectrum sexuality, which he hasn’t dared to speak aloud, even to himself.

Through a summer of art and friendship, Xander and Skylar learn more about each other, themselves, and their feelings for one another. But as their senior year begins, they must decide if they will part ways and return to the dull futures they had planned, or if they will take a risk and leap into a brightly colored future—together. 

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