Saturday, November 13, 2010

Booknote: GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queers and Questioning Teens

My review as I posted in on my GoodReads profile.


GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning TeensGLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens by Kelly Huegel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book is an excellent overview and guide for GLBTQ teens. At a time when the nation is suffering an epidemic of LGBTQ youth suicides due to bullying, this is a book that could likely be helpful for many kids feeling that it can't get better. But it is a book not only for teens, but for the adults as well who need to get a sense of what it is these kids go through for in addition to the usual pressures and changes of becoming a teen, LGBTQ youths also face the challenge of coming to terms with their sexual orientation. This is something adults need to understand as well.

The book is very easily organized into chapters from basics in "GLBTQ 101" to "Work, College, and Beyond." Though you can read it cover to cover, the book certainly lends itself to reading the chapters you need. Is the reader dealing with the issue of coming out? There is a chapter on the topic that provides questions with answers as well as lists of information and support resources. The decision to come out is not an easy one, and the book gives information and facts to help make an informed decision regardless of whether the LGBTQ reader decides to come out or not; there is no tone of pressure for either view. Chapters are divided in short, easy to read sections. There are also information boxes with various lists of resources and places to find support and information. Additionally, the book integrates short stories of youths to let readers know that they are not alone, that others have faced the same questions.

This is a book that should be in every library, especially school libraries. And it needs to be visible so teens can find it. When I ordered it for our academic library, I was asked "who the hell is going to come read or check out that book?" Though I was tempted to give a pretty snarky answer, in the end I said two reasons. One, because we may have young people, including some of our young students, who may need such a book. Two, because we do have a School of Education, and future teachers should be reading this book to get some awareness; very often, young people will come out or at least confide in a teacher they feel comfortable with. This book is also for them. So, I went ahead and ordered it anyways. In the end, this is an excellent tool for any LGBTQ youth, but it is also an excellent tool to educate others. I highly recommend it.



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4 comments:

Martha said...

This looks great! I'm going to order it for our academic library right now.

Angel, librarian and educator said...

Martha: Thank you for stopping by. If you order it, and if you look it over, feel free to let know.

Best, and keep on blogging.

Elena Meredith said...

Angel, we're releasing a revised and updated version of GLBTQ in February 2011. A lot has changed since the book was published in 2003--from attitudes to legislation--and we've updated the book to reflect those changes. Let me know if you would like a review copy of the new GLBTQ when it comes out. Thanks!

-Elena Meredith, Free Spirit Publishing

Angel, librarian and educator said...

Dear Ms. Smith: Yes, I would like to receive a review copy and would be happy to read it and review as well. I am glad to hear the book is getting an update.

Best.