Top of the Tuesday to you! It’s another lovely Tuesday, and this Tuesday, I’m bringing to you theme songs for books, the majority of them queer YA that you should check out!
1. The Hills by The Weeknd is a song that goes to Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian, I might go deeper into it but I’m going to mini review it right now. I’d give it 2.5 stars.
This book is basically about a teenage boy who is experimenting actively with his sexuality with two people of different genders and does not know what bisexual is, but that’s how the book is labeled. It is marked as a bi book. The writing isn’t that well done, although I definitely felt some of the pain of Will, the main character. One of the characters in this book, a queer boy, is done okay, but is honestly flat and seemingly is just pulled along by the main character. His feelings aren’t really respected or considered, and I feel the way that the character just allowed himself to be dragged along was beyond ridiculous. The author showed two glimpses of him feeling negative about it, and yet never really properly voicing his feelings, or letting the two of them have a proper discussion about the abuse of this character. It was just ignored in favor of the main character and a point that was never continued that should have been. I found it absolutely unacceptable and think the author could have done much better. A book like this seems to have lacked proper critique. I absolutely hated how this character was treated and how the author handled it and didn’t develop it AT ALL in that respect.
I chose this song because the person sounds broken, does drugs, seems to be falling apart and can only focus on sex to keep him together and a person falling to pieces selfishly like that makes a beautiful, raw story.
Chorus (and the part that hits): I only call you when it’s half past five
The only time that I’ll be by your side
I only love it when you touch me, not feel me
When I’m fucked up, that’s the real me
When I’m fucked up, that’s the real me, yeah
2. Hold Me Down by Halsey
I Crawl Through It by A.S King
This book is about several teenagers who deal with their stress in creative, interesting ways and think a lot in a way that’s sure to resonate with current students or recently graduated students the most, but anyone who’s ever loved or wanted to truly see and understand life.
3. For Him. by Troye Sivan— Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. It’s a love song by a queer boy about his boyfriend. It is so beautiful and romantic, and matches this book perfectly. This book is about a young, charming, adorable teenager that emails an anonymous boy at his school who he finds via Tumblr, and they flirt anonymously. This book will appeal to Potterheads for the multiple references. Simon is authentic, lovable, and actually feels someone who could exist in real life. Unlike many failed characters in YA who are nothing more than mere props, Simon is alive and multi dimensional and cares about those around him whilst also caring about him, and thinking about his own feelings and sexuality even though it is not all he is.
4. Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko—Ask The Passengers by A.S King.
This story is about a young who gives her love to the people in the sky, until she learns to fearlessly and shamelessly love on earth.
5. Hemiplegia by Haerts—Fans of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa.
This song is incredibly beautiful and matches the beauty of this story about three teenagers learning to survive despite the bad cards life has dealt them. Two queer boys and their sexuality, a girl and her depression, all love together. It’s a beautiful story that explores multiple types of love and issues delicately and beautifully.
6. Runaway by Kanye West, Pusha T
This song matches When I Was The Greatest by Jason Reynolds. Beautifully and unapologetically black. It’s a story about living, learning how to care about others and forgive, and platonic love. If I were to mini review it right now, I would give it 5 stars. It’s realistic, the setting is beautifully described and you can be truly immersed in the story, and the characters are well developed. We delve into the stories and their idiosyncrasies and as a black person, this truly captures the culture of black people in a way only black writers are capable of and it really resonates deeply and that non black people would be able to read and actually get what we’re like. I believe this is a story that everyone should read. Just wonderful.
7. Maple by Hayley Kiyoko, If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
This story is about two girls in Iran, I believe, who love each other despite the law and have to deal with possibly being torn apart at the possible early marriage at one of them. I give this book about 4 stars, because the experience was well captured, and it was a beautiful story about the power of love and it’s effect on those who are in it. The characters in this story are well developed, lovable, and funny. My favorite character was a queer boy, Ali, who is the cousin of the main character. He lives a loud life, fully unashamed of his sexuality, and runs sort of an underground set of places where queer people can meet and be who they are without fear, punishment, or shame, and it’s really badass. Ali has no fear, he just truly lives without wondering about the consequences that may come from what he’s doing. He’s just in the moment, charming, funny, and it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing that will be one of the main things that will make you fall in love with this book. Another thing I loved is that this is not a Western tale and that made it mean as much as it did.
All right, that’s enough for today!!! Thanks for stopping by and reading my little mini reviews!