Real Love: LGTBQ+ Teen Fiction 17 volume set
by Tony Correia, Mette Bach, Markus Harwood-Jones, Myriad Augustine, Tracy Goldfarb, and Angel Jendrick
Short, readable books focused on teen LGTBQ romances.
Teachers and librarians can broaden their library collections to include the rich variety of relationships that young people experience today with this set of 17 short, readable teen novels.
These romances feature characters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and gender fluid. Teen readers will recognize the stories, settings and characters as realistic and contemporary. LGBTQ2+ teens will see themselves and the experiences they and their friends are having reflected in these novels. The portrayals are positive, and the stories end well – though sometimes the resolution is bitter-sweet.
These novels are written by authors who know the world and the relationships they portray first hand. Many are young first-time authors uniquely qualified to portray characters and situations authentically. The stories all take place in contemporary Canada, with relatable, appealing characters who will ring true.
Featuring short, readable prose suitable for everyone and not just serious readers, this set offer a new category of romance fiction for any classroom, school or public library teen section.
About the Authors
TONY CORREIA has worked as a waiter, bartender, bouncer, barista, receptionist, and recently, a technical writer for a software company. His newspaper column, Queen's Logic, ran in Xtra! West for five years. He is the author of the Lorimer Real Love novels Same Love and True to You. His memoir, Foodsluts at Doll & Penny's Cafe was published in 2012. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
METTE BACH is the author of the Lorimer SideStreets novels Femme and Killer Drop (named a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre) and the Real Love titles Love Is Love, You're You, Cinders and Charming. She has taught ESL to high-school students and currently works at a drop-in resource centre. Mette lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
MARKUS HARWOOD-JONES is a writer, visual artist and documentary filmmaker. He has self-published the short story collections Confessions of a Teenage Transsexual Whore and Everything & All at Once; his feature film, Mosaic, tells the story of his journey across Canada and the United States to learn more about the trans community. He is author of the Lorimer Real Love teen romances, Just Julian and Romeo for Real. Markus lives in Toronto, Ontario.
MYRIAD AUGUSTINE is a queer, non binary, intersectional feminist. They founded and co run the Wheelhouse, a nonprofit designed to be a supporting resource for people facing barriers of accessibility. This is their first teen novel. Myriad lives in Toronto, Ontario.
TRACY GOLDFARB is a writer and artist who is involved in the LBGTQ+ community. Tracy attended OCAD for sculpture and currently teaches fabrication skills at Humber College. Love IRL is their first YA novel. Tracy lives in Toronto with their husband and two cats.
ANGEL JENDRICK is the author of gritty contemporary romances. She also dabbles in poetry, from time to time. When not writing or editing (or thinking about writing or editing), she watches movies, jams to her favourite tunes, runs after her kids, or works on her latest home reno or DIY project. With her wife, their three children, Ellie their energetic Lab, and a blind cat named Taz, Angel lives on Prince Edward Island.
Alvin is ready for romance, but he may never be ready for more$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 4Lexile Reading Level: 800LA teen finds romance at summer camp and becomes the centre of a polyamorous relationship with two very different partners.$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 4Lexile Reading Level: HL600LOverweight and unhappy, Emmy is surprised when Jude is interested in her. Jude is transgender and Emmy has to decide if she can to put her own true self on the line for real love.$14.95, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 4Lexile Reading Level: 570L