Travel to magical utopian New Jersey with Carey and Marie in this groundbreaking queer YA romance. For such a sweet book, we spend a lot of time talking about mental health issues and our dead parents! But don't let that take away from this very sweet, very romantic magical realist story where boy meets boy and transphobes meet the Jersey Devil (in our hearts).
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Infinite Darlene is a wonderful trans girl character that the narrative--and Paul's point of view--doesn't serve. The short story at the end of the anniversary edition puts some of this to right, but yeah, it was slim pickings in mainstream YA for a really long time. We'll be addressing this! This is also a pretty white book, and there's a lot of diminishing the abusive relationship of one best friend and abusive parents of another, because you're getting inside the head of a sheltered white cis gay teenage boy. Queer YA--and the author--has grown a lot in the past 12 years, and we're really happy about that, despite the long way we still have to go.
This is Paul's Elsewhere song. It's also from Robot Unicorn Attack.
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Did you know there is Boy Meets Boy fanfic? That's what Host Rie learned while making these shownotes!
David Levithan, editor extraordinaire, talks with Ann M. Martin as the Baby-sitters Club Turns 30 on Scholastic Reads podcast
Strand Bookstore where Paul and Tony meet
A-Camp, Host Rie's family reunion
Weird NJ magazine: why we love New Jersey and why you should too
Feed transphobic boyfriends to the Jersey Devil