Carry On and the need for queer representation in YA

Hello. You may have figured out by now there are several things I'm passionate about. Books, reading, cheese, anything with fur, David Bowie. I'm also passionate about more diversity in literature - YA in particular.

Why? Because when you're young, and already marginalised by society for being disabled, or queer, or a different race to the main population of the place you're in, than life is tough enough. You're already trying to figure out who you are and where you fit in the world. Society is already trying to tell you you're challenging and could you just quietly disappear please? And stop asking for so many rights? And then, when you turn to fiction, you don't even exist! Or you're a minor plot device! Or worse, you're a stereotype. That's why it's so important that fiction represents the amazing, interesting, diverse would around us by having diverse characters. Because young people should be able to read books and have someone to relate to. 

This is why it was so delightful to read and review Rainbow Rowell's Carry On for youth magazine Little Wren's blog. You can read my thoughts on this wizarding novel, which features two queer leads, here.

And please note that while I am passionate about many things, my cat Sasquatch is only passionate about avoiding my camera and not having her sleep disturbed.

Sasquatch cares not for your book, or desire to have a cute picture.

Sasquatch cares not for your book, or desire to have a cute picture.