Seventeen-year-old Yamilet Flores prefers drawing attention for her killer eyeliner, not for being the new kid at a mostly white, very rich, Catholic school. But at least here no one knows she’s gay, and Yami intends to keep it that way. After being outed by her crush and ex-best friend, she could use the fresh start.
At Slayton Catholic, Yami has new priorities: make her mom proud, keep her brother out of trouble, and most importantly, don’t fall in love. Granted, she’s never been great at any of those things, but that’s a problem for Future Yami.
The thing is, it’s hard to fake being straight when Bo, the only openly queer girl at school, is so annoyingly perfect. And smart. And talented. And cute. Either way, Yami isn’t going to make the same mistake again. If word got back to her mom, she could face a lot worse than rejection. So she’ll have to start asking, WWSGD: What would a straight girl do?
Told in a captivating voice that is by turns hilarious, vulnerable, and searingly honest, The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School explores the joys and heartaches of living your full truth out loud.
Thoughts and Themes: The minute that I heard about this book I was so excited to read it. I kept seeing this book all of the social media of some of my favorite authors which is also part of what intrigued me to read it, if they all loved it so much then I think I would too.
Thank you to Books Forward for the chance to read an advanced reader’s copy of this book.
There was so much that I really enjoyed about this book and it was really hard to put down once I started reading. I really enjoyed how Catholicism was tied up in this book, and how we have characters who are really connected to their faith and others who aren’t. I really liked how Catholicism’s views on Gay people are challenged by some of the characters in this story. Books that include queerness and religion, especially Catholic religion, will always have a special place in my heart . This books show me that the two can co-exist and how queer people have made this religion into something that serves them rather than letting it take away parts of them.
Characters: In this book you get introduced to several characters through their interactions with our main character, Yamilet. You get to meet some of her school friends, Hunter, Bo, Amber, and David, along with her brother, Cesar, her “boyfriend”, Jamil, and her mom and dad.
I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters that you meet throughout this book and I really enjoyed the relationships that Yamilet has with each one of them. I really liked the connection between Yamilet and Cesar and how their bond is strengthened because of the secret that they share. I thought this was a great addition to this book as we see how two seperate characters are dealing with similar issues and have similar fears.
I liked getting to see Yami’s relationship with her dad and how much she relies on him throughout the book. I like how she finds him to be the only one she can trust and also how she believes he’s the only one who believes in her. I like how we get to know her dad through her thoughts about him and the brief conversations she has with him.
I also really enjoyed Yamilet and Bo’s friendship throughout the book and how that develops. I love how Yamilet is trying to keep her feelings from Bo a secret throughout this book and how we know exactly why she is scared of revealing those feelings. I also like how her reason to keep those feelings to herself changes throughout the book.
Writing Style: This book is written in the first person and told through the perspective of Yamilet. I really liked getting to see everything through her perspective because we get to see her feelings. I also liked that we don’t get to know what the others are thinking or get to see how anything is affecting them. I think this makes you a lot more interested in reading to know what is going to happen to those relationships. I also liked things being in her perspective because we get a chance to feel what she feels along with her.
Born and raised in Arizona, Sonora Reyes writes fiction full of queer and Latinx characters in a variety of genres, with current projects in both kidlit and adult categories. Sonora currently lives in Arizona in a multi-generational family home with a small pack of dogs who run the place. Outside of writing, Sonora loves dancing, singing karaoke, and playing with their baby niblings.