The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School Review + Book Tour

Hi everyone I hope you’re keeping well! I’ve had a busy couple of weeks including seeing some great concerts (I got barrier for Rebecca Black and also saw Marina who I’ve loved since I was like 12!), but I’ve also had some time to read some great books! One of which was The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes – one of my most anticipated books of the year – and I had a great time reading it too! This review is part of TBR and Beyond Tours’ book tour and, as always, I highly recommend checking out the other amazing posts, which you can find by clicking on the banner below!

Title: The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School

Author: Sonora Reyes

Pages: 400

Genre: Contemporary, LGBT+, Young Adult

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis: 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.

As I mentioned earlier, The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School was one of my most anticipated 2022 releases, and Sonora Reyes did not disappoint! The book follows Yamilet who moves to a private catholic school after her gifted brother gets a scholarship there. But just before leaving her old school, her ex-best friend outs her as a lesbian. Desperate for a fresh start, and scared that her family will find out about her sexuality, Yami decides to act as straight as possible at her new school. But on her first day there, she gets a crush on the only openly queer student at the school – Bo.

First and foremost, I loved the representation in this book. And I don’t mean that only in the sense of the characters’ identities – although we do get a Latine lesbian, a Chinese lesbian, a bisexual Latine and a Black achillean character – but also in the sense of what it’s like being queer in high school. That includes the loneliness of it all when it comes to physical affection with your friends, and of course the homophobia. It felt so natural and so realistic and I hope that it acts as some comfort to queer teens that may be going through a similar time to Yamilet.

Speaking of Yami, she was a really fun main character. I loved her passion and her love for her family. I loved how she made mistakes, and drunk called her crush, and that she just wasn’t perfect. And as well as all that, she was funny! I read parts of the book aloud to my girlfriend and there were times where we were both laughing out loud at her narration. Aside from Yami, I obviously loved Bo and how outspoken she was. It was also refreshing to see a bit more of a masculine-leaning sapphic character in a young adult book, and although I wish it wasn’t so exciting to only see one every so often, I did enjoy that a lot. Though they played a smaller role in the book, I did enjoy Cesar, Yami’s brother, and Jamal popping up every so often, though I wish that in general the side characters were a bit stronger, especially Yami and Bo’s close friends.

This book is a really great journey of self discovery and love – loving yourself, loving your family, and of course loving others! It’s a really valuable addition to the amazing queer young adult novels that are on offer now and I can’t wait to read what Sonora Reyes releases next!

About the Author:

Born and raised in Arizona, Sonora Reyes is the author of the forthcoming contemporary young adult novel: THE LESBIANA’S GUIDE TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL

They write fiction full of queer and Latinx characters in a variety of genres, with current projects in both kidlit and adult categories. Sonora is also the creator and host of the Twitter chat #QPOCChat, a monthly community-building chat for queer writers of color.

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 nephew.

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