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The Music of What Happens
The Music of What Happens | Bill Konigsberg
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* "Konigsberg demonstrates once again why he is one of the major voices in LGBTQ literature." -- Booklist, starred review Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever. Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart. Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what's considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites. Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk -- to get the thing they want the most.
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Bono394
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Such a sweet story. I loved seeing the main characters take care of each other through all the tough times. It's refreshing to see male characters feeling vulnerable like this.

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NovelNancy
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Bill Konigsberg has written another realistic and relevant YA book. This one is more intense in that it addresses more serious issues, but is also relatable by teens given the realistic dialogue between characters. A book I will highly recommend to my more mature high school students. I love the title too.

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josie281
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Audiobook and an evening walk. I checked this out on a whim and I am a bit smitten. Now I might be reading past my bedtime again. #nosleeptillbookless #hoopla #yaylibraries

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Sunshine131
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I read this in one night after my boyfriend recommended it to me, and I don't fancy there's any other way. Packed with lovable and real characters it deals with masculinity, race, and consent against a beautiful backdrop of two boys trying not to fall in love. Even the cover is stunning. Read this one and want more by Bill Konigsberg? Try The Porcupine of Truth by the same author. Enjoy!

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pocketmermaid
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I need to do something about this! These are all the books on my “currently-reading” shelf on Goodreads! I hope to knock some of these out over the holiday.

cathysaid And I thought having four going at once was bad 😉 8mo
pocketmermaid @cathysaid This is a little much for me! Why am I listening to three audiobooks??? 8mo
cathysaid @pocketmermaid Because we are addicts! Proud addicts. 8mo
tjwill Shout is amazing, and a fast read. 8mo
pocketmermaid @tjwill I know. I‘ve picked it up and put it down so many times in the past several months. I haven‘t been in the mood for it. It may be a fast read, but it‘s not a light read. 8mo
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Reggie
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This was not the sweet, gay, YA romance I thought it was gonna be. It‘s about Jordan, who is compensating for a mother who can no longer function as an adult with the loss of her husband, his father. Then there is masculine, Max, who has just survived an event that deals with consent. These 2 become friends and more in this novel that is endearing, smart, and reminds us that we never know what another person is going through. Pick!!

saresmoore Yes, please. 9mo
minkyb 🤭 9mo
Reggie @saresmoore @minkyb The ending to this book made me wonder if this was really YA. But I forget that I was raised in Disneyland and had a decent family. That kids nowadays are probably more apt to identify with these characters. It is also the first YA that made me feel older. 9mo
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Centique Wow this sounds great too! 9mo
Reggie @Centique it was! 9mo
minkyb I totally get it @Reggie I had a miserable childhood so I always refer to June and Wallace Cleaver when describing the childhood my kids had 🤣. Also, feeling older is hard to get used to! 9mo
Reggie @minkyb ❤️. This was one of the first times when I actually thought “back in my day....” and what was hilarious was the kids in here have that same phrase as a running joke. At work I‘ve been paying out jackpots to people born in the 90‘s and I think my god, I was in high school. Do they even know who Madonna is. Lol. 9mo
Centique @Reggie I love your thinking “do you even know who Madonna is?” Add an eye roll and I think that should be our generation‘s catchphrase when dealing with Millennials. 😂😂 9mo
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Book_yogi
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I love authors who explore difficult issues, accepting and acknowledging everyone is different and that is to be celebrated, bringing current issues to light. The author succeeds in this as well as how messed up adults can be in what not to do. While I didn‘t find this book to be at the same caliber as the books like Autoboyography, I did like the author‘s effort in exploring the tough issues and bringing some unique issues to light

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Stephaniereads1
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Up next.

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GondorGirl
The Music of What Happens | Bill Konigsberg
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The best part of being home from a show is my furry reading buddies. The worst part of being home from a show... also sort of my furry reading buddies. 😂 Tommy is a proud member of #KAL.

#CatsOfLitsy

LeahBergen 😆😆 10mo
Crazeedi ❤❤❤ 10mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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I thought this would be a light LGBTQ YA romance but in truth, it is more layered than that. Really really good.

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WanderingBookaneer
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You think you are picking up a cute love story.

You quickly realize that one of the young protagonists is facing homelessness.

A character has a gambling addiction.

Another is wondering if what happened one night is rape.
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WanderingBookaneer
These issues hover in the background as you delve into this captivating romance; as you root for the protagonist to overcome the obstacles life throws their way. The author strikes a wonderful balance and the book doesn‘t linger too long on the darker realities. In the end, life is not perfect, which I appreciate, but everyone is doing what they need to do to make the best of it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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DyAnne
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Oh, my heart. Just started this. Adorable teenaged boys - that‘s my reading catnip.

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glitterkitty459
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4🌟
I really connected to both of the main characters and loved their story 💖
I also thought the portrayal of friendships was great ,like complicated but supportive friend groups.
One of my complaints was tho, sooo much sweating I know it's set in Arizona but 😓😫
#lgbt #romance #ya

(Content warning in spoiler tag ⬇️)

glitterkitty459 Content warning for rape 12mo
ProfReader Connections are always great!!!! 12mo
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BookHoarder32
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Morning reading! I just started this book and I already love it. I've been trying some different genres this year to branch out, but this reminds me that contemporary is my happy place.

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BookHoarder32
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#libraryhaul
And traded in my finished open books reading challenge to claim my prize 🎉

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bookishkris
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Day before my birthday book haul! The tote was free with a 3-book purchase (because OF COURSE I need another tote bag), and I can‘t decide if I‘m keeping the bookmarks or gifting them to a 3rd grader in my Sunday School class who‘s having trouble with bullying at school. As for the books, I don‘t even know which one to start with!

Soubhiville Yay! Happy Birthday! 12mo
Elma Happy Birthday!! 12mo
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