And They Lived...

Bloomsbury. Mar. 2022. 1,004p. $21.99. ISBN 9781547610273.
Gr 10 Up–From Salvatore’s warm dedication onward, Kirt Graves ignites the pages with kaleidoscopic talent and charm, fulfilling his self-described “passion...for telling queer stories, the types of stories he wishes he had while growing up.” Animation major Chase arrives at art college with dreams of falling in love. His initial baggage is heavy: body dysmorphia, an abusive father, a traitorous ex-best friend. But his new roommate Benny couldn’t be more supportive (or Graves more splendid), his true BFF is just a campus away, and his animation seminar promises achievable rewards. And then there’s “we’re not sure he’s even gay-adjacent”-Jack.
VERDICT Salvatore knows how to tell an empowering story. Graves embellishes with indispensable sparkle.

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