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HOW BEAUTIFUL THE ORDINARY
Genre: Young Adult, Anthology
These 12 stories, by authors including Gregory Maguire, William Sleator, Emma Donoghue and David Levithan, address the wide range of experiences and emotions of gay, lesbian and transgendered teens, including anticipation and regret, eagerness and confusion.
The narrator of Levithan's poignant "A Word From a Nearly Distant Past" died early in the AIDS epidemic and is addressing the current generation of gay teens. Eric Shanower's illustrated tale, "Happily Ever After," looks at a troubled relationship complicated by a genie. Francesca Lia Block writes about teens who develop a relationship online in "My Virtual World." (HARPERTEEN, Oct., 368 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780061154980, HC, 14 and Up)
Reviewed By: Melissa Hanley
Published: October 2009