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The Year of Ice
by Brian Malloy

The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy

It is 1978 in the Twin Cities, and Kevin Doyle, a high school senior, is a marginal student in love with keggers, rock and roll, and--unbeknownst to anyone else--a boy in his class with thick eyelashes and a bad attitude. His mother Eileen died two years earlier when her car plunged into the icy waters of the Mississippi River, and since then Kevin's relationship with his father Patrick has become increasingly distant. As lonely women vie for his father's attention, Kevin discovers Patrick's own closely guarded secret: he had planned to abandon his family for another woman. More disturbingly, his mother's death may well have been a suicide, not an accident.

Complicating the family dynamic is the constant meddling of Kevin's outspoken Aunt Nora--who will never forgive Patrick for Eileen's death--along with Patrick's inability to stay single for very long. His loyalties divided between his father and his aunt, between his internal reality and his public persona, Kevin is forced to accept his gay identity and reevaluate his notions of family and love as painful truths emerge about both.

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Yearbook by David Marlow

Somewhere off the Southern State Parkway in Nassau County, NY is the town of "Waterfield" and in it is Waterfield High School, attended by, among others: Ro-Anne Sommers, crowned Little Miss Eastern United States, now ponytailed and prettiest-girl-at-school-best-cheerleader, at fifteen making out in a Chevy backseat with...Corky Henderson, his father's little man since age three, now star quarterback, king of the jocks, with only those between-game nightmares threatening his future perfect, the subject of the special dreams of...Amy Silverstein, not-so-lovely to look at, smart, the flip side of Ro_Anne, a born late-bloomer, partner in spirit of...Guy Fowler, brainy, pint-sized, the flip side of Corky...or so it would seem... Five years later, at the class of '59's reunion, you can hardly tell the players by their names. What happened, how and why is the story of Yearbook. It is also the story of anyone who has ever been young, who remembers his or her senior prom with its "shining, mirrored ball, spinning, fragmenting rality." It is a story of growing up in America.

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Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Mark A. Roeder

Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Mark A. Roeder

Percy Deforest Spock has just moved back to his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. When a teenage boy knocks on his door, Percy is floored by the uncanny resemblance between the boy and his lost love of twenty years before. As the two grow closer, Percy relives the days when he was young and in love but is disturbed by his growing feelings for Tyler. Realizing that Tyler’s resemblance to his lost love is the source of his attraction, he’s able to push his desires aside and act as a mentor to his young friend. There is a secret hidden in Bloomington, Indiana; however, and as young Tyler learns more about Percy, he begins to put the pieces together. Yesterday’s Tomorrow is a tale of love lost and found, of romance, of friendship, and of undying hope. 

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Yield by Lee Houck

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Yield by Lee Houck

In his evocative and mesmerizing debut novel, Lee Houck depicts a contemporary Manhattan thrumming with sex and violence as seen through the eyes of Simon—a twenty-something part-time hustler with a cadre of loyal, sometimes floundering friends. As Simon grows increasingly involved with a gorgeous, guileless client named Aiden, he tries to navigate a path to fulfillment in a city where love and honesty are as dangerous as they are rare. Witty, spare, and rapier-sharp, this is an exceptional story of the friendships that sustain us, the families we create, and the pain and joy that are always within reach, waiting for us to yield…

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You Belong With Me by Jeff Erno

Wesley Harris is sixteen and openly gay, at least to his family and friends. Often bullied at school, he's shy and reserved. Wesley has a penchant for designing T-shirts, and he's a gifted artist. When Brad Johnson, one of the school's most admired jocks, moves in next door, the two boys begin to develop a friendship. It begins when they see each other through their bedroom windows and start exchanging notes with each other. Brad has a notebook upon which he writes messages which he holds up for Wesley to read, Wesley returns the gesture. This unique manner of communication leads them into a genuine friendship in which Brad confides in Wesley the issues with which he's struggling. His parents are divorcing, his girlfriend is cheating on him, and his father is critical of everything he does. Most significantly, Brad confesses to Wesley that he thinks he might be bisexual.

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You Can Choose Your Friends by Zahra Owens

You Can Choose Your Friends by Zahra Owens

Twenty years before You Can't Choose Your Family, Jay Molenski saved Fran Galloway's life. 

Franklyn Galloway is the youngest son of a conservative Evangelical minister, and it goes without saying that he is stuck in the closet. He dreams of being an architect, but his father puts a stop to that faster than Fran can say “Frank Lloyd Wright.” So when Fran meets popular, laid-back Jay Molenski, he does everything he can to deny the sparks flying all around them. It only works for so long. 

After a brutal trip home, Fran finds himself staring down a fifth of vodka and a bottle of sleeping pills. How can Jay and his family make Fran see that he deserves not just love, but the freedom to be himself?

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You Don't Know Jack by MC Lee

Jack has never known an ordinary life. “The Center,” a shadowy organization with its own hidden agenda, has been his home, his school, and his job. Under the command of a man he knows only as his guardian, Jack has trained relentlessly in order to carry out the Center’s secret missions. In the three years since he turned thirteen, he’s been given more and more complex assignments, rarely questioning the reasons behind each operation. Now, going by the name Jack Carlisle, his orders are to go to Maine and befriend high school track star Leo McCormack. Jack finds Leo easy to like, and soon the like becomes something more. He knows he shouldn’t act on his attraction—it’s against all the rules. However, Leo wants Jack in his life as much as Jack wants Leo, and soon the two begin a relationship. Jack gets a sweet taste of real life, but when the mission ends the fallout could be disastrous--and not just because Leo’s father is the target of the operation.

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The You Know Who Girls by Annameekee Hesik

The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year by Annameekee Hesik

Abbey Brooks, Gila High freshman-to-be, never thought a hellish day of shopping at the mall with her best friend, Kate, could change her life. But when she orders French fries from the flirtatious Hot Dog on a Stick Chick, she gets more than deep-fried potatoes. Abbey tries to ignore the weird, happy feeling in her gut, but that proves to be as impossible as avoiding the very insistent (and—rumor has it—very lesbian) players on Gila High’s girls’ basketball team. They want freakishly long-legged Abbey to try out, and Abbey doesn’t hate the idea. But Kate made Abbey pinky swear to avoid basketball and to keep away from the you-know-who girls on the team. Sometimes promises can’t be kept. And sometimes girls in uniform are impossible to resist. 

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You Never Cared by Michele L. Montgomery

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You Never Cared  by Michele L. Montgomery

Jordan is a golden child — wealthy, popular, the self-professed ruler of the senior class. Jordan is also a bully, a bully whose group of friends mercilessly tormented seventeen-year-old Casper for being different, for being poor, for suffering silently. Random acts of abuse from his classmates were par for the course in Casper’s life, until one night, the bullying evolved into a hate crime and he, unable to endure, longing for peace, finally took his own life. You Never Cared is the heartbreaking tale, told in Jordan’s words, of a life stolen, of love lost, and of a soul compromised. But ultimately, it is a story of forgiveness and redemption. As Sammy, Casper’s friend and lover, attempts to cope with the anguish of his boyfriend’s loss, Jordan attempts to own his part in the crime, trying to make amends but knowing his only hope is to carry on Casper’s legacy, to work to build a better future for boys and girls who, like Casper, just need a strong voice to encourage and stand up for them. 

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The Young Adult Book Club  by Dave Ferraro

Beginning a new year of high school is always tough, but when Dustin comes out of the closet prior to his senior year, and his best friend Heather has a tough break-up, things are looking more challenging than usual. To top it off, Heather is told that her transcripts need to demonstrate more leadership abilities if she’s going to get into the colleges she’s applying to. So the two of them decide to create a new school club, one surrounding their mutual love for young adult books. Students they never would have expected show up to the book club and they bond over the books they discuss, looking past their differences and growing closer with each meeting, where new friendships are born as well as unexpected romances. At the same time, they are exposed to books that they love and learn a little history of the medium along the way. The Young Adult Book Club is a feel-good novel about good books and surviving high school with the help of friends. Comes complete with a recommended young adult book reading guide. 

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