The Queer Girl Is Going to Be Okay

Levine Querido. Nov. 2023. 272p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781646142705.
Gr 8 Up–Life in Houston isn’t all roses for queer seniors Georgia, Edie, and Dawn—but at least they have one another. Georgia wants to be a writer but feels like she is the only one who hasn’t been accepted into college yet. Edie keeps her nonbinary beau a secret from her Southern Baptist family. Dawn channels her woes of dating as a trans girl into a documentary project about queer love that makes it into a student film festival. With everything going on, can the girls savor their last year together before graduation? Walls’s debut is an insightful yet brief look at queer love in its many forms. Some chapters include direct excerpts from the documentary’s monologues, giving voice to identities beyond the racially diverse main trio. While romantic love certainly gets its air time, the exploration of platonic queer love especially shines.
VERDICT A winning combination of film, friendship, and queer possibility. Highly recommended.

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