Announcing a new Meetup for The Chicago Queer Books Meetup!September Meetup - Coming Out: High?
What: September Meetup - Coming Out: High School Challenges for Men and Women
When: September 27, 2008 2:00 PM
Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)
Meetup Description: We haven't had a meetup in a while - here's a pretty simple one to get us back on track and try to satisfy the majority of the group.
This month we are trying something new. We have 2 books to read this month. You can choose to read one novel or both novels.
They are fairly short, easy reads. Both are Young Adult novels - high school age. Both are themes that we should all be able to relate to - coming out - no matter what the age, is a difficult process. Whether you were out and open in high school, or wish that you could have been, these are great books that cover many of the topics surrounding coming-of-age/coming out.
We can discuss the books and the characters, but we can also make this a more personal discussion about our own high school issues if anyone so desires.
I haven't chosen a meeting location yet, but it will most likely be a coffee shop or cafe.
Expect to meet for an hour or hour and a half. The first 15-30 minutes will be introductions and ordering drinks/food. Then we'll start by talking about our first book RAINBOW BOYS for about 30 minutes and then move onto KEEPING YOU A SECRET for another 30 minutes. If you prefer just to read one book and not both then you're welcome to show up just for the part you want to discuss, but I hope that even if you don't read both books you will choose to listen to the discussion from both sides.
RAINBOW BOYS is the first novel in a series by Alex Sanchez.
Publication Date: 2003
Synopsis: Nelson, "out" to the world, is secretly in love with his best friend Kyle. Kyle doesn't look gay or advertise it, but since he hangs out with Nelson, he's subject to the same harassment at school. Kyle is secretly in love with Jason, a popular jock who has a popular girlfriend but who can't stop dreaming of sex with boys. When Jason, trying to sort out his confusion, shows up at a Rainbow Youth meeting, he is greeted by both "Nelly" and Kyle, who are as shocked to see him as he is to be seen. This uncomfortable confrontation starts the ball rolling down a path of deception, denial, revelation, and acceptance not only for the three young men, but also for their friends, family, and all concerned. This gutsy, in-your-face debut novel speaks the language of real life for gay teens, that of the ecstasy, heartache, and humor of first love (and sex), that of daily harassment and fear, that of having what it takes to stand up and be proud of who you are.
KEEPING YOU A SECRET is the second YA novel by Julie Anne Peters
Publication Date: 2005
Synopsis: Expectations. A girl meets a guy, falls in love, gets married, has sex, not necessarily in that order. Holland Jaeger is living up to the expectations. But when she meets Cece, the course of her life is changed forever. She falls in love with this girl?this out-and-proud lesbian. Holland's awakening to her own sexuality is the key to setting her free. Can Holland trust that the people she counts on most in her life will accept and embrace her newfound identity? Keeping their relationship a secret may prove to be the worst mistake Holland and Cece could ever make.
I strongly recommend that you do NOT read the book descriptions offered by Amazon. Both books' descriptions contain strong "spoiler" plot points that reveal surprise twists from late in the books. The books will be much more interesting if you don't know exactly what's going to happen before you read them.
*Amazon.com is currently offering a 4-for-3 special where you can get one book free when you buy 4 qualifying books. The two books above are both on the list including many other YA LGBT novels including the rest of the RAINBOW series by Sanchez, and other good queer books by Brent Hartinger, Sarah Ryan, and others.http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513YBSVT7ML._SL500_BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg
Keeping You a Secret
**You can read excerpts from both books at the links above.
***Please let me know if the meeting date is too soon and you would rather meet on a date in October to have more time to obtain and read the books.
Learn more here:http://queerbooks.meetup.com/81/calendar/8705892/