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Chiara / December 17, 2015 , Thu / this book is lgbtqia

This Book is LGBTQIA+ is my way of putting a spotlight on books that may not be widely recognised as such. I want these books to have as much exposure as they can, and I hope you add some of these titles (or all) to those never-ending TBR piles!

Today’s book is:

hushed by kelly york


Title: Hushed

Author: Kelly York

Publisher: Entangled Teen (Embrace)

Genre/s: Thriller

He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

Why This Book is LGBTQIA+

Now, it might seem obvious from the synopsis (although I’m making this post because this book needs more love in general, and in terms of being LGBTQIA+), but the protagonist is bisexual! Which is so awesome, because bi characters seem to be quite rare in the YA book world, and when there are books with bi protagonists, sometimes they are … really awful. But Hushed is not awful! It’s kind of wonderful, in a really creepy way.

One thing I really appreciated, in terms of queerness, was the fact that Archer never freaked out about being attracted to Evan. I am so over the sexuality awakening novels. So it was just really refreshing to read a book about a character who just accepted the fact that they are attracted to both sexes. AND it’s a thriller book, not a contemporary. Pretty much all the points to Hushed. *gives gold star* You can read my full thoughts on this book here.

(Trigger warnings: murder, forced suicide, and non-explicit rape and domestic violence in this novel)


4 Responses to this book is lgbtqia+ (#3)

  1. THIS SOUNDS SO TWISTED. I WANT IT. Okay, I sound twisted now, but I love the horror themes here plus I totally should read more bisexual MCs. Added to TBR and super excited!

  2. Wow this book seems pretty intense but yay! bi protagonist! I haven’t really encountered that many bi protagonists in the YA novels I’ve read but it looks like I may have missed some gems like this book. While I don’t usually read thrillers, I think I’ll probably try this one anyway. (Hopefully it’s not *too* scary?? :)

    • Chiara says:

      It is SUPER intense, the entire way through, haha! It’s so great that it had a bi protagonist, especially since there is a huge dearth of characters who identify as bi in YA literature. It’s really not that scary! I mean, there’s killing and stuff but its not like a ‘bump in the night’ thriller novel – if that makes sense. I hope you read it, Rachana!

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