The amazing thing about classics is how they manage to survive decade to decade. Seriously, how many things that were popular 10 years ago are still popular? (Not like One Direction popular but still being read regularly.) Barely anything. And some classic books are decades or centuries old! How great must a book be if it can still be so great years and thousands of other books later that you read it and love it? I also have the benefit of being an old fart so some classics I was lucky enough to have read when I was young, before they became classics. So, I'm going review some classics. And because this month is LGBT History Month, I'm going to give you some great LGBT classic books.
Annie and Liza are from two very different backgrounds: Annie's family are Italian immigrants living on the poor side of town while Liza's is from upscale Brooklyn Heights. Liza goes to Foster, a private school, and is studying to get into MIT to become an architect; Annie goes to a public school and hopes to got to the University of California, Berkeley to study singing. In "Annie on My Mind" by Nancy Garden, these two girls meet one day at an art museum and quickly become friends... then more than friends. Hiding it from their parents and friends, their love grows. But what about college? And can it survive after very public tragedy reveals it to everyone?
Life is hard enough when you're 13, try having to start over in a new city with a new family. In "I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip" by John Donovan, Davy's parents split up a while ago so he has spent a good portion of his life growing up with his grandmother and his dachshund Fred. When she dies, he's whisked away to live with his alcoholic mom in NYC. Once there he has to live with her constant rants and occasional visits from his estranged father. Then he makes friends with Douglas, a boy from school, and life doesn't seem so bad. But when they suddenly kiss one day, Davy is left to try to make sense of it all.
And if you're interested in finding some more great LGBT books, check out out the LGBT reading list on the library's teen page.