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The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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A thoughtful, humorous, and moving collection of letters and comics Read together, the letters become a powerful refrain.” -- Publishers Weekly
With its repeated exhortations to relax more and worry less, this book might be a life-saver for someand could function as an author list, as well, for teens wanting to read more about People Like Us.” -- Horn Book
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I feel that any smart teenager who reads this book will quickly see through the relentless whitewashing. The least one can do is to be honest. It boggles the mind that everybody's life in this book could really have turned out so great. Hasn't any of these writers ever regretted anything? Or struggled with illness or depression? Or indeed suffered any adversity after high school graduation? Reading this book just makes me feel even more of an outsider.
This isn't a novel at all. It's a collection of letters by queer authors to their younger selves. The book was produced because every young person identifying as queer has a right to know that their situation of feel lost, alone or misunderstood isn't unique - there's someone out there that can understand.
I enjoyed it because it had so many emanations with my teenage years, and it's always pleasing to read about other success stories.
Another thing is that I often read short story collections to find new authors whose writing style agrees with me. Those are just letters, but the authors hint enough about themselves that I can tentatively pick ones that I'd buy books to try.
I initially picked up this novel because one of my favourite authors, Julie Anne Peters, has a contribution in it. I'd also already encountered Erika Moen from her comic, DAR.
I had fun trying to pick whether the writer was male or female in each case where it wasn't immediately obvious. A weird thing to do when the authors are all queer and any sexuality or gender could be presented. I didn't do this in a judgemental way, just in an interested way.
If you're queer, you're questioning, you just want to understand more about what queer people go through, this could be a good novel for you to read.