Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens

Zest. 2nd ed. ed. Oct. 2019. 208p. index. resources. Tr $37.32. ISBN 9781541578586; pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781942186489.
Gr 7 Up–This second edition offers a solid foundation of knowledge for LGBTQ teens and those who want to better understand what it means to be queer. Topics include self-acceptance, coming out, dating, and sex. The information is general enough to fit a broad range of issues into just over 200 pages, but readers will still find many of their questions answered. The extensive resources will help them fill in additional information needs. Readers will learn about stereotypes, homophobia, and how to find a community of peers to provide a safe space. Hate and homophobia are handled with more nuance than in similar texts. The book examines what leads to hate and how teens can address it. Included in the text are a relationship quiz to identify any unhealthy behaviors and a table of sexually transmitted infections with symptoms and treatments. Belge and Bieschke use their respective experiences to illustrate the situations these teens may find themselves in.
VERDICT This updated title gives teens the information needed to navigate their world, but, more important, it also helps them understand and accept themselves.

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