How Beautiful The Ordinary by Michael Cart

Available At: Liberty, Pine Creek

Categories: Cursing, Drug Abuse, LGBTQ+, Sexual, Violence

Description: Presents twelve stories by contemporary, award-winning young adult authors, some presented in graphic or letter format, which explore themes of gender identity, love, and sexuality.

YA Label?: Yes

Notes: This book contains drug abuse; sexual activities; sexual nudity; mild profanity; alternate gender ideologies; alternate sexualities; and violence.

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Page 8: “We were once the ones who were dreaming and loving and screwing.”

Page 17: “We think of the boys we kissed, the boys we screwed, the boys we loved, the boys who didn’t love us back, the boys who were with us at the end, the boys who were with us beyond the end.”

Page 77: “Hi blue about two years ago I started cutting myself. It was the weirdest thing. I felt so powerful. I don’t admit this to most people but it was almost beautiful. The way the blood beaded on my skin and feeling of being close to death but in control of how close…he broke up with me and I wanted to take the cutting further”

Page 86: “I know that you are not queer but I wondered if maybe there is some strain of queer blood in you?…it might help you to look at my pics again, especially the one in the white briefs. Tranny boy g.”

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