Booklist Review
In previous Carte Blanche columns for Booklist, Cart has challenged readers to think deeply about the blurry boundary between young adult and adult literature, and his latest collection will likely continue the debate. Contributed by some of the most celebrated YA authors, the often experimental entries explore what it means to be young and gay, lesbian, or transgender today. Included are a range of inventive forms, from the screenplay style of Ron Koertge's My Life as a Dog to Eric Shanower's short comic, Happily Ever After. Poignant magic plays a part in many selections, as in David Levithan's heartrending story narrated by the ghosts of gay men who, from the afterlife, observe the current generation of gay youth. Others are starkly realistic and include frank sexual relationships between teens and adults, including William Sleator's explicit cautionary tale, Fingernail, about a young Thai man's affair with an abusive Frenchman. Cart's eloquent introduction connects these raw, moving stories that, taken together, make a groundbreaking addition to young adult literature and could easily find a readership among adults, too.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2009 Booklist