O mês de junho é o escolhido para a celebração do mês do Orgulho Gay (para uma tradução mais literal), e a literatura entra aqui naquilo que é a celebração de uma das maiores capacidades do ser Humano: a capacidade empática e de se identificar com o outro. O de sabermos que devemos respeitar o outro e as suas escolhas e de, com isto, compreender a importância destas datas.

A pensar no impacto que estas importantes comemorações têm na consciencialização e no facto de eu próprio estar a escrever uma narrativa LGBT+, decidi partilhar convosco alguns dos livros que li, ou que tenho para ler:

No fim, No Final, Morrem os Dois – Adam Silvera

Sem morte, não há vida. Sem perda, não há amor.

Pouco depois da meia-noite, Mateo e Rufus, dois completos estranhos, recebem a notícia de que vão morrer dentro de 24 horas. Neste último dia que lhes resta, ambos anseiam por fazer um amigo.

A boa notícia é que existe uma aplicação para isso. Chama-se Último Amigo e, através dela, estes dois jovens encontram-se para uma derradeira e intensa aventura: viver toda uma vida num só dia.

Para nos lembrarmos de que todos os dias contam.

E se Formos Nós – Adam Silvera e Becky Albertalli 

Não sei se somos uma história de amor ou se o nosso amor é uma história.

Arthur só vai ficar em Nova Iorque durante o verão, mas ele acredita que isso não é impedimento para conhecer o grande amor da sua vida. Tal como entoam os musicais da Broadway de que Arthur tanto gosta, o universo pode fazer surgir uma paixão a qualquer momento, quando menos se espera…

Ben não acredita no amor. Ele só quer distância das conspirações do universo e dos seus planos secretos. Porque se o universo fosse realmente seu aliado, ele ainda estaria numa relação e não no posto dos correios para devolver todos os pertences do seu ex-namorado.

Um dia, Arthur e Ben cruzam-se. Um encontro aparentemente banal dá início a uma história de amor cheia de emoções fortes, percalços, contrariedades e desafios. Mas, afinal, o que terá o universo reservado para estas duas almas apaixonadas? Talvez nada. Talvez Tudo!

Trilogia “Os Artifícios Negros” – Cassandra Clare

Sinopse de Lady Midnight – Livro 1:

Paixão, determinação e criaturas diabólicas, nesta nova e tão aguardada trilogia de Cassandra Clare. Os Caçadores de Sombras de Los Angeles voltam com novas aventuras. Passaram cinco anos desde que o mundo dos Caçadores de Sombras esteve à beira da extinção. Emma Carstairs já não é uma criança de luto, mas uma jovem guerreira determinada a descobrir quem matou os seus pais e a vingar a sua perda.

History is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera

This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more.”e;Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author ofEverything, EverythingFrom the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not comes an explosive examination of grief, mental illness, and the devastating consequences of refusing to let go of the past. When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

More Happy Than Note – Adam Silvera

In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving New York Times bestselling-debut,Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness but with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron starts hanging out with a new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s friends notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself.

Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is…

Carry On – A História de Simon Snow – Rainbow Rowell 

Na famosa Escola de Magia de Watford, Simon desempenha um papel especial: ele é o Escolhido, aquele que irá salvar todos do Mal. Mas a verdade é que, metade das vezes, Simon não consegue fazer a sua varinha funcionar, e, na outra metade, pega fogo a tudo. O seu mentor evita-o, a sua namorada deixou-o, e existe um monstro que se alimenta de magia e que utiliza o rosto de Simon. Para piorar as coisas, Baz, a némesis irritante de Simon, desapareceu. Só pode estar a preparar alguma!

Carry On – A História de Simon Snow está repleto de fantasmas, amor, mistérios. Tem exatamente a quantidade de beijos e de conversa que seria de esperar numa história de Rainbow Rowell – mas muito, muito mais monstros.

Esta é a história de Simon Snow, a personagem fictícia que povoava a vida e imaginação de Cath em Fangirl, o fabuloso romance de Rainbow Rowell.

We Contain Multitudes – Sarah Henstra

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets I’ll Give You the Sun in an exhilarating and emotional novel about the growing relationship between two teen boys, told through the letters they write to one another.

Jonathan Hopkirk and Adam “Kurl” Kurlansky are partnered in English class, writing letters to one another in a weekly pen pal assignment. With each letter, the two begin to develop a friendship that eventually grows into love. But with homophobia, bullying, and devastating family secrets, Jonathan and Kurl struggle to overcome their conflicts and hold onto their relationship…and each other.

This rare and special novel celebrates love and life with engaging characters and stunning language, making it perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, Nina LaCour, and David Levithan.

I Wish You All the Best – Mason Deaver 

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.

The Gravity of Us – Phil Stamper

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.

We Are Totally Normal – Rahul Kanakia

Nandan’s got a plan to make his junior year perfect. He’s going to make sure all the parties are chill, he’s going to smooth things over with his ex, and he’s going to help his friend Dave get into the popular crowd—whether Dave wants to or not. The high school social scene might be complicated, but Nandan is sure he’s cracked the code.

Then, one night after a party, Dave and Nandan hook up, which was not part of the plan—especially because Nandan has never been into guys. Still, Dave’s cool, and Nandan’s willing to give it a shot, even if that means everyone starts to see him differently.

But while Dave takes to their new relationship with ease, Nandan’s completely out of his depth. And the more his anxiety grows about what his sexuality means for himself, his friends, and his social life, the more he wonders whether he can just take it all back. But is breaking up with the only person who’s ever really gotten him worth feeling “normal” again?

From Rahul Kanakia comes a raw and deeply felt story about rejecting labels, seeking connection, and finding yourself. 

You Asked for Perfect – Laura Silverman

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything

O coração de Simon contra o mundo – Becky Albertalli 

Simon Spier tem 16 anos e os únicos momentos em que se sente ele próprio são vividos atrás do computador.

Quando Simon se esquece de desligar a sessão no computador da escola e os seus emails pessoais ficam expostos a um dos colegas, este ameaça revelar os seus segredos diante de toda a escola.

Simon vê-se, assim, obrigado a enfrentar as suas emoções e a assumir quem verdadeiramente é perante o mundo inteiro.

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