Rainbow Reading: October 17

Bite-sized reviews of the LGBTQ books I’ve read in the past week. All titles are linked to their Goodreads page.

Between October 10th and 16th, I read:

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ARC Review: The Law of Inertia

The Law of InertiaI received a copy of The Law of Inertia from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The summary of The Law of Inertia doesn’t convey the full richness of this novel. Per the back copy, James is questioning the events surrounding the suicide of his boyfriend, Ash, a foster kid. Ash’s brother Elliot disappears after the funeral and James starts searching for him, convinced that Elliot knows what really happened on Ash’s last day.

From that, I was expecting the narrative to start after Ash’s suicide and for the story to be told from James’s perspective. But The Law of Inertia weaves back and forth in time as it covers both the events leading up to Ash’s suicide and the aftermath, and it also weaves back and forth between narrators: in the “before”, we get Ash, and in the “after” we get James and Elliot’s best friend Louise.

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ARC Review: Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill

Queer as a Five-Dollar BillI received a copy of Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill by Lee Wind takes us through a few months in the life of ninth-grade Wyatt in the quirky small town of Lincolnville, Oregan, where there’s an annual Lincoln parade, school history projects on Lincoln, and Lincoln-themed tourist attractions – such as. Wyatt’s dad’s Civil War-themed bed and breakfast, the Lincoln Slept Here B&B.

When Wyatt is assigned the book Joshua Fry Speed: Lincoln’s Most Intimate Friend for his history project, he is struck by the idea that Lincoln was gay, or bi, or at least in love with Joshua. He chooses that as the thesis of his book blog project, despite the objections of his teacher. When he persists, the entire town turns against him as they try to protect Lincoln’s reputation.

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ARC Review: Shadowboxer

Shadowboxer

I received a copy of Shadowboxer from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Shadowboxer by Jessica L. Webb focuses on Jordan McAddie, who runs a boxing gym and is studying to be a social worker. Jordan had a tough childhood and feels a strong connection with the street kids and at-risk kids she works with at the gym. A new mentoring program at the gym brings her first love, Ali Clarke, back into her life – at the same time that a shadowy group begins to stage strange political protests in and around the streets of Halifax.

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