"For the fact was drugs were not necessary to most of us, because the music, youth, sweaty bodies were enough...We lived for music, we lived for Beauty, and we were poor. But we didn’t care where we were living, or what we had to do during the day to make it possible; eventually, if you waited long enough, you were finally standing before the mirror in that cheap room, looking at your face one last time, like an actor going onstage, before rushing out to walk in the door of that discotheque and see someone like Malone."
Andrew Holleran's Dancer from the Dance is a story of gay culture in 1970s New York, an engaging satire and one of the most popular works of gay fiction of its time.
"You have no idea how fast thing can change. You have no idea how suddenly years can pass and lives can end. Ignorance is not bliss. Bliss is knowing the full meaning of what you have been given."
David Levithan is a well-known name in YA fiction and he has written numerous contemporary classics including books he’s co-authored with other popular YA writers such as John Green (Will Grayson, Will Grayson) and Rachel Cohn (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Noah and Ely’s No Kiss List and others). Eminently quotable and frequently writing stories which feature queer protagonists, Levithan, like Green, is a voice of the Tumblr generation whose quotes often find their way onto social media dashes, evoking the struggles, preoccupations and emotions of the postmillennial adolescent.
"It matters not how strait the gate,/How charged with punishments the scroll,/I am the master of my fate:
Nancy Garden's Annie on My Mind is one of the most enduring works of LGBT young adult fiction. It is among the first popular YA books featuring two teenage girls falling in love and, most importantly of all, offering them a happy ending of sorts.
“I glance at her and she looks soft, not vicious, but a lot of people in this town are a soft kind of vicious.”
TRIGGER WARNING: Please be aware that the story focuses on the aftermath of rape and rape culture and I have quoted excerpts from the book in the review. If you find the subject matter triggering, please do proceed with caution.
Courtney Summers sprung onto the YA scene less than ten years ago, with her first novel Cracked Up to Be and this book debuted in April 2015 and its release was marked by the #ToTheGirls campaign to support women on social media. Summers employs first person narrative to tell the story of Romy Grey and with gritty realism, All the Rage grapples with rape culture, victim blaming and the skewed way in which society continues to deal with sexual violence against women.