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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon

The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves
edited by Sarah Moon
Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)
ISBN: 978-0-545-39932-6
Suggested Ages: Grade 7+
Release Date: May 1, 2012
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Description: Life-saving letters from a glittering wishlist of top authors. If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?

That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won't remember his name until he shows up at your book signing?

In this anthology, sixty-three award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself

The Good Stuff
  • David Levithan's essay was so hilarious yet sweet and honest - will now be looking for some of his writing
  • A good mixture of humour, sadness and anger
  • The message of hope and forgiveness is so prevalent and beautifully and honestly done
  • Very powerful and inspiring
  • Brian Selznick's essay was extremely funny and tender
  • Martin Moran's essay is heartbreaking, so brave to have told his story - such strength of character and a very inspiring story to those LGBT youths with thoughts of suicide
  • Wise and non preachy advice for helping kids who are struggling with their sexuality
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Brutal to hear of parents & educators abuse of  children  over something as natural as sexual preference
Favorite Quotes/Passages

""I'm still not entirely sure whether I use the word irony correctly, but I believe there's something exquisitely ironic about making fun of your non-gay teacher for being gay, and then going home and listening to Barbara Streisand's Broadway Album over and over again." David Levithan

"Yes, the indignities you suffer at the hands of bigots can make you bitter. But they can also strengthen your ability to empathize with the oppressed, and in doing so, enlarge the capacity of your heart." Doug Wright

"You will discover that all gay men are not stylish, witty, promiscuous, and viciously entertaining. No one said that equality was going to be fun." Paul Rudnick

"I hear you say, I want to die, and it tears at my sould that you're only thirteen and ready to give up on life."  and "No! Don't get back at everyone by dying. Get back at them by living and saving lives, starting with your own. Fight for your life." Mayra Lazara Dole

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • For teens of ALL genders and sexuality -- the message of believing and loving yourself apply to everyone and not just those struggling with their sexuality
  • My Uncle should have read this and maybe he would have loved and accepted his son no matter of  Bruce's sexual preference. My cousin told his Dad that he was gay and my Uncle never spoke to him again. My Dad became a surrogate father to Bruce and tried to help him but ultimately Bruce's life was cut short by the acts of self-hatred and abuse (Drugs, alcohol, dangerous sexual partners, etc) caused by his fathers abandonment.
  • This should be in every public and school library so kids struggling can hear the message of hope that you will get through this from those who have
  • Required reading for ALL educators and parents
5 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

My advice to my younger self
  • Michael Tinker is never going to go for you - get over him
  • Michael Corsini is MARRIED - he is scum for not telling you this -- but hey the man who ended up defending you and giving your friends hell - you end of marrying and having two beautiful heathens with him (And  BTW he's moving you to Calgary next month so you might want to think about getting over your hatred of country music)
  • Stop with the diet pills, they are going to fuck up your digestive system for life -- you are beautiful the way you are
  • Stop pretending to be someone else so people will like you -- accept who you are and love yourself for that and people will actually like the real you
  • Don't sleep with all those divers -- they are not going to love you -- they just want in your pants and you will hate yourself for it
  • Don't have a fight with your Dad the night before he goes on vacation to Bermuda -- he dies there and you will not be able to tell him you are sorry and how lucky you were to have such an exceptional (and completely wacky) guy for a Dad
  • Get over your fear of driving (sorry snorter porter -- you still got to work on that one)
  • What that man did was wrong, he abused his position of power and it was not your fault!
  • For gods sake you are smart enough to go to University and become a Librarian - tell that nasty voice in your head to piss off (cause quite frankly Librarians get paid way more than the Library Technician you became)

3 comments:

  1. This book sounds great. I can't believe I hadn't heard of it before. I agree something like this should be in schools everywhere. I also really loved your letter to your younger self. It's very inspiring.

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