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  • 10 Queer TV Shows To Catch Up On In 2024

    To celebrate the release of DEAD BOY DETECTIVES, we thought we'd take a look at some of the best queer TV shows from the past couple of years. From gay reality tv dating shows, to hilariously dark sitcoms and queer highschool dramas that everyone should be watching - here are 10 more queer and LGBT+ inclusive TV shows available to watch in the UK right now. (All shows available in the UK at time of publishing.) 1. DEAD BOY DETECTIVES (2024) Based on the comics by Neil Gaiman, DEAD BOY DETECTIVES follows a group of mystery-solving teens - two of whom are dead - as they help their ghostly clients find closure and move on to the afterlife... all while trying to escape death, witches and demons. It's queer and funny, spooky and dark, and everything you want from a supernatural mystery. Perfect for fans of Buffy and Scooby-Doo (just with a few more violent deaths). Where to watch it: Netflix LGBTQ+ rep: Queer Men, Queer Women Genre: Supernatural, Mystery, Horror, Comedy Episode Run Time: 50m 2. I KISSED A BOY/I KISSED A GIRL (2023 - present) I KISSED A BOY is a British dating game show where ten single gay men are paired up at an Italian villa and spend several weeks getting to know each other after meeting for the first time with a kiss. It's full of drama, romance and Dannii Minogue - along with some really lovely conversations about queerness and dating. BBC3 also released the cast for the spinoff series I KISSED A GIRL this week - think the same show, but with lesbian couples - set to be released on the 5th of May. Where to watch it: BBC iPlayer LGBTQ+ rep: Queer Men/Queer Women Genre: Reality TV, Drama, Romance Episode Run Time: 45m 3. FEEL GOOD (2020-2021) Yes, it's been out for a while, but it's now available to watch on Netflix and it's SO damn good. Written and starring comedian Mae Martin, FEEL GOOD is a romantic comedy-drama following recovering addict and comic Mae and their new girlfriend George. With a truly fantastic script and brilliant acting performances from the entire cast, FEEL GOOD tackles addiction, queer relationships, gender identity and past trauma with heart and humour. Where to watch it: Channel 4, Netflix LGBTQ+ rep: Queer Women, Non-Binary Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Episode Run Time: 30m 4. DEAD HOT (2024) DEAD HOT is wild. It's a short and sweet six-part comedy thriller mini-series about love, loss, sexuality, identity, and class. It follows two friends (Elliot and Jess), brought together by the loss of Peter - Jess's Brother and Elliot's first love. It's dark and funny and creepy and very very gay. Where to watch it: Amazon Prime Video LGBTQ+ rep: Queer Men Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Mystery Episode Run Time: 30m 5. SUCH BRAVE GIRLS (2023) SUCH BRAVE GIRLS is another darkly funny British sitcom - this time about trauma, identity, narcissism and a self-sabotaging dysfunctional family. The show follows Josie (a depressed lesbian who doesn't know who she is), her sister Billie (who she has a love/hate relationship with), and their mother Deb (a compulsive liar) as they make terrible life decisions and fight their way through ridiculous situations. Where to watch it: BBC iPlayer LGBTQ+ rep: Queer Women Genre: Dark Comedy, Drama Episode Run Time: 25m 6. HEARTBREAK HIGH (2022 - present) HEARTBREAK HIGH is back for a second season! After a graffiti map detailing the sexual exploits of Hartley High's students is discovered on the wall of the school, all of the students whose names were on it are forced to attend a new sex education class. Amerie, the map's creator, becomes a social outcast after taking the fall for its co-author, Harper, who has stopped talking to her following a tragedy at a music festival they attended. Where to watch it: Netflix LGBTQ+ rep: Queer Women, Non-Binary, Queer Men, Asexual Men Genre: Highschool Drama, Comedy, Romance Episode Run Time: 50m 7. BIG BOYS (2022-present) BIG BOYS is a British sitcom set in 2013 following two first-year university students who live together and follows Jack as he recovers from his father's death and explores his sexuality for the first time. Expect themes of self-discovery, unlikely friendships, hilarious situations and teenage exploration. Season two was released earlier this year in January. Where to watch it: Channel 4 LGBTQ+ rep: Queer Men Genre: Comedy, Drama Episode Run Time: 30m 8. THE BISEXUAL (2018) Another oldie (but now it's available on Disney+ too). THE BISEXUAL is a British comedy-drama series following an Iranian-American woman called Leila after a recent breakup with her long-term girlfriend. Having come to the realisation that she's bisexual, Leila has left her girlfriend/business partner Sadie and moved in with Gabe, a neurotic novelist who is having relationship problems of his own. Perfect for people searching for some messy bisexual representation. Where to watch it: Channel 4, Disney + LGBTQ+ rep: Queer Women Genre: Comedy, Drama Episode Run Time: 40m 9. CAPTAIN LASERHAWK: A BLOOD DRAGON REMIX (2023) CAPTAIN LASERHAWK: A BLOOD DRAGON REMIX is a wild, violent, daft and often explicit animated miniseries perfect for fans of Ubisoft games. Inspired by the video game Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and incorporating several other Ubisoft franchises, CAPTAIN LASERHAWK follows Dolph Laserhawk - a supersoldier assassin - in an alternative, dystopian 90s New York City as he's missioned to stop his ex-boyfriend's evil plans. Where to watch it: Netflix LGBTQ+ rep: Queer Men Genre: Animated, Dystopian Sci-Fi, Action-Comedy Episode Run Time: 20m 10. EVERYTHING NOW (2023) EVERYTHING NOW is a queer British drama focusing on the very real impacts of anorexia and eating disorders. The show follows Mia as she tries to find her place back in her friendship circle and life after spending the last 7 months in a facility helping her manage her eating disorder. But life has moved on and life is terrifying and oh my god everything is going wrong in every single way possible. Where to watch it: Netflix LGBTQ+ rep: Queer Women, Queer Men Genre: Drama, Comedy Episode Run Time: 45m BONUS: LOST BOYS AND FAIRIES (TBA later This Year) We may not know much about LOST BOYS AND FAIRIES at this point, but from what we do know, we're excited. The upcoming four-part series is set to be released later this year on BBC iPlayer and is said to follow two men looking to adopt a child in Cardiff, Wales. Expect themes of queer parenting, childhood memories and difficult family dynamics. Where to watch it: BBC iPlayer LGBTQ+ rep: Queer Men Genre: Drama, Mini-Series Episode Run Time: Unknown Have we missed your favourite new queer TV show? Is there something coming out soon you think we should add to this list? Send us a message @ProudGeekStore or email us at contact@proud-geek.co.uk ✌

  • 28 Queer History Books To Read During LGBTQ+ History Month

    It's #LGBTHistoryMonth here in the UK, so what better time to crack open a book and read up on some queer history? From essays about how queer media shaped the world, to section 28, the aids epidemic and even the history of poppers, it's time to add some non-fiction to your TBR and get reading. Book: The End of Innocence: Britain In The Time Of AIDS Author: Simon Garfield About: HIV & the AIDS epidemic during 1980s/90s Britain. How does a country control a virus that is killing increasing numbers of people? How does a government contain an epidemic spread by sex, drug use and blood products? And how does a population react when told that everyone is at risk from infection? Book: Outrageous!: The Story of Section 28 and Britain’s Battle for LGBT Education Author: Paul Baker About: Section 28, LGBTQ+ education, OutRage! and Stonewall. Outrageous! tells the full story: the background to the Act, how the press fanned the flames and what politicians said during debates, how protestors fought back to bring about the repeal of the law in the 2000s, and its eventual legacy. Book: Bad Gays: A Homosexual History Authors: Huw Lemmey & Ben Miller About: Queer villains and evil twinks. From the Emperor Hadrian to notorious gangster Ronnie Kray, Bad Gays excavate the buried history of queer lives. This includes fascist thugs, famous artists, austere puritans and debauched bon viveurs, Imperialists, G-men and architects. Together these amazing life stories expand and challenge the mainstream assumptions of sexual identity. Book: The Art of Drag Author: Jake Hall About: Kabuki theatre, Shakespeare, Stonewall and drag history. Take a peek into the cultural phenomenon that is Drag, in this lusciously illustrated guide to the history of the phenomenon, from ancient theatre to the queens of RuPaul's Drag Race. Book: All The Things She Said: Everything I Know About Modern Lesbian and Bi Culture Author: Daisy Jones About: Lesbian and bisexual culture in 21st century. Lesbian and bi culture is ever-changing and here, journalist Daisy Jones unpicks outdated stereotypes and shows how, over the past few years, the style and shared language of queer women has slowly infiltrated the mainstream. Book: The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice Author: Shon Faye About: An exploration of what it means to be trans in a transphobic society. Despite making up less than one percent of the country's population, they are the subjects of a toxic and increasingly polarized 'debate' which generates reliable controversy for newspapers and talk shows. This media frenzy conceals a simple fact: that we are having the wrong conversation, a conversation in which trans people themselves are reduced to a talking point and denied a meaningful voice. Book: The Glamour Boys: The Secret Story of the Rebels who Fought for Britain to Defeat Hitler Author: Chris Bryant About: A group of gay and bisexual British Conservative MPs who fought to defeat Hitler in the 1930s. We like to think we know the story of how Britain went to war with Germany in 1939, but there is one chapter that has never been told. In the early 1930s, a group of young, queer British MPs visited Berlin on a series of trips that would change the course of the Second World War. Book: Loving: A Photographic History Of Men In Love, 1850s - 1950s Author: Hugh Nini & Neal Treadwell About: A collection of photographs depicting love between M/M couples in a time where being gay was illegal. Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love, 1850-1950 portrays the history of romantic love between men in hundreds of moving and tender vernacular photographs taken between the years 1850 and 1950. This visual narrative of astonishing sensitivity brings to light an until-now-unpublished collection of hundreds of snapshots, portraits, and group photos taken in the most varied of contexts, both private and public. Book: No Modernism Without Lesbians Author: Diana Souhaim About: Lesbians, modernism and early 1900s Paris. The extraordinary story of how a singular group of women in a pivotal time and place fostered the birth of the Modernist movement. Sylvia Beach, Bryher, Natalie Barney, and Gertrude Stein. A trailblazing publisher; a patron of artists; a society hostess; a groundbreaking writer. They were all women who loved women. They rejected the patriarchy and made lives of their own forming a community around them in Paris. Book: Our Work Is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer and Trans Resistance Author: Syan Rose About: An illustrated oral history of queer & trans resistance. In their own words, queer and trans organizers, artists, healers, comrades, and leaders speak honestly and authentically about their own experiences with power, love, pain, and magic to create a textured and nuanced portrait of queer and trans realities in America. The many themes include Black femme mental health, Pacific Islander authorship, fat queer performance art, disability and healthcare practice, sex worker activism, and much more. Accompanying the narratives are Rose's startling and sinuous images that brings these leaders' words to visual life. Book: Deep Sniff: A History of Poppers and Queer Futures Author: Adam Zmith About: Poppers, their history and their use in society, art, medicine and culture. This is the intriguing story of how poppers wafted out of the lab and into gay bars, corner shops, bedrooms and porn supercuts. Blending historical research with wry observation, Adam Zmith explores the cultural forces and improbable connections behind the power of poppers. What emerges is not just a history of pub raids, viral panics and pecs the size of dinner plates. Book: Queer London: A Guide to the City's LGBTQ+ Past and Present Author: Alim Kheraj About: London's vibrant LGBTQ+ scene and its history. Queer London is a timely and accessible introduction to the city through a LGBTQ+ lens, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in London's thriving queer landscape. Celebrating the diversity and innovation of queer individuals in London, both historically and today, Queer London features a range of bars, clubs, shops, Pride events, charities, community organisations, saunas and sex shops that cater to the LGBTQ community. Book: And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic Author: Randy Shilts About: Politics, people and the AIDS epidemic in America up to 1985. Randy Shilts was the first openly gay journalist dealing with gay issues for the San Francisco Chronicle. In 1981, the year when AIDS came to international attention, he quickly devoted himself to reporting on the developing epidemic, one which devastated his community and eventually took his life as well. Book: Bi: The Hidden Culture, History and Science of Bisexuality Author: Dr Julia Shaw About: History, politics and visibility in relation to bisexuality. Bi: The Hidden Culture, History and Science of Bisexuality explores all that we know about the world's largest sexual minority. From the hunt for a bi gene, to the relationship between bisexuality and consensual non-monogamy, to asylum seekers who need to prove their bisexuality in a court of law, there is more to explore than most have ever realised. Book: David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music Author: Darryl W. Bullock About: LGBTQ+ music and musicians in the last century. From Sia to Elton John, Dusty Springfield to Little Richard, LGBT voices have changed the course of modern music. But in a world before they gained understanding and a place in the mainstream, how did the queer musicians of yesteryear fight to build foundations for those who came after? Darryl W. Bullock reveals the inspiring and often heartbreaking stories of internationally renowned stars, as well as lesser-known names, who have led the revolution from all corners of the globe. Book: Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution Edited by: Lian Warfield, Walter Crasshole & Yony Leyser About: An oral history of the Queercore movement from the people who lived it. The movement that defied both the music underground and the LGBT mainstream community - queercore. Through exclusive interviews with protagonists like Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Jayne County, Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, film director and author John Waters, Lynn Breedlove of Tribe 8, Jon Ginoli of Pansy Division, and many more, Queercore traces the history of a scene originally 'fabricated' in the bedrooms and coffee shops of Toronto and San Francisco by a few young, queer punks to its emergence as a relevant and real revolution. Book: Trans Britain: Our Journey from the Shadows Author: Christine Burns About: Trans history, rights and activism in Britain since the the 1930s. From our television screens to the ballot box, over the past decade transgender people have suddenly become part of the zeitgeist. This apparent overnight emergence, though, is just the latest stage in a long and varied history... Trans Britain chronicles this journey in the words of those who were there to witness a marginalised community grow into the visible phenomenon we recognise today: activists, film-makers, broadcasters, parents, an actress, a rock musician and a priest, among many others. Book: United Queerdom: From the Legends of the Gay Liberation Front to the Queers of Tomorrow Author: Dan Glass About: Queer activism and the Gay Liberation Front in the UK. Throughout the 1970s the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) initiated an anarchic campaign that permanently changed the face of Britain. Inspired by the Stonewall uprisings in the US, the GLF demanded a 'Absolute Freedom For All' worldwide. Yet half a century on, injustice is rife and LGBT+ inequality remains. Although many people believe queers are now free and should behave, assimilate and become palatable - Dan Glass shows that the fight is far from over. United Queerdom evocatively captures over five decades of LGBT+ culture and protest from the GLF to 2020s. Book: Fabulosa!: The Story of Polari, Britain's Secret Gay Language Author: Paul Baker About: The history of Polari and the people who used it. Polari is a language that was used chiefly by gay men in the first half of the twentieth century. It offered its speakers a degree of public camouflage and a means of identification. Paul Baker recounts the story of Polari with skill, humour and tenderness. He traces its historical origins and describes its linguistic nuts and bolts, explores the ways and the environments in which it was spoken, explains the reasons for its decline and tells of its unlikely re‐emergence in the twenty‐first century. Book: The Stonewall Reader Edited by: The New York Public Library About: A collection of first-hand accounts, diary entries and articles focusing on the Stonewall Riots. June 28, 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. This anthology focuses on the events of 1969, the five years before, and the five years after. Jason Baumann, the NYPL coordinator of humanities and LGBTQ collections, has edited and introduced the volume to coincide with the NYPL exhibition he has curated on the Stonewall uprising and gay liberation movement of 1969. Book: Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime Author: Alex Espinoza About: The history of cruising and the political/cultural forces behind it. Combining historical research and oral history with his own personal experience, author Alex Espinoza examines the political and cultural forces behind this radical pastime. From Greek antiquity to the notorious Molly houses of 18th century England, the raucous 1970s to the algorithms of Grindr, Oscar Wilde to George Michael, cruising remains at once a reclamation of public space and the creation of its own unique locale―one in which men of all races and classes interact, even in the shadow of repressive governments. Book: Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV Author: Stephen Bourne About: A non-exhaustive look at gay male representation on British television. Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV looks at gay male representation on and off the small screen - from the programmes that hinted at homoeroticism to Mary Whitehouse's Clean Up TV campaign, and The Naked Civil Servant to the birth of Channel 4 as an exciting 'alternative' television channel. Here, acclaimed social historian Stephen Bourne tells the story of the innovation, experimentation, back-tracking and bravery that led British television to help change society for the better. Book: Female Husbands: A Trans History Author: Jen Manion About: The history of female husbands across the UK and US in the 18th and 19th Century. Long before people identified as transgender or lesbian, there were female husbands and the women who loved them. Female husbands - people assigned female who transed gender, lived as men, and married women - were true queer pioneers. Moving deftly from the colonial era to just before the First World War, Jen Manion uncovers the riveting and very personal stories of ordinary people who lived as men despite tremendous risk, danger, violence, and threat of punishment. Book: Queer X Design: 50 Years of Signs, Symbols, Banners, Logos, and Graphic Art of LGBTQ Author: Andy Campbell About: LGBTQ+ design, symbols, logos, and graphic art over the past 50 years. QUEER X DESIGN is an empowering, uplifting, and colorful celebration of the hundreds of graphics, symbols, flags and iconic posters that have stood for the powerful and ever-evolving LGBTQ movement over the last five-plus decades. The book includes work like Gilbert Baker's original rainbow flag, ACT-UP's Silence = Death poster, the AIDS quilt, and Keith Haring's "Heritage of Pride" logo, as well as the original Lavender Menace t-shirt design so much more. Book: A Little Gay History Of Wales Author: Daryl Leeworthy About: Welsh LGBT life and politics from the Middle Ages to the present A Little Gay History of Wales tells the compelling story of Welsh LGBT life from the Middle Ages to the present day. Drawing on a rich array of archival sources from across Britain, together with oral testimony and material culture, this pioneering study is the first to examine the experiences of ordinary LGBT men and women, and how they embarked on coming out, coming together and changing the world. Book: Queer Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London's Fierce History Author: Dan Glass About: The modern guide to London's LGBTQ+ history and community. Follow in the footprints of veteran activists, such as those who marched in London's first Pride parade in 1972 or witnessed the 1999 bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho. Accompanied by a chorus of voices of both iconic and unsung legends of the movement, readers can walk through parts of East, West, South and North London, dipping into beautifully illustrated maps and extraordinary tales of LGBTQIA+ solidarity, protest and pride. Book: Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender Author: Kit Heyam About: The global history of gender nonconformity from antiquity to the present. Before We Were Trans is a new and different story of gender, that seeks not to be comprehensive or definitive, but - by blending culture, feminism and politics - to widen the scope of what we think of as trans history by telling the stories of people across the globe whose experience of gender has been transgressive, or not characterised by stability or binary categories. Transporting us from Renaissance Venice to seventeenth-century Angola, from Edo Japan to North America, the stories this book tells leave questions and resist conclusions. Book: Hi Honey, I'm Homo!: Sitcoms, Specials, and the Queering of American Culture Author: Matt Baume About: Queerness in American sitcoms, TV specials and series and its impact on American culture From flamboyant relatives on Bewitched to closely-guarded secrets on All in the Family, from network-censor fights over Soap to behind-the-scenes activism on the set of The Golden Girls, from Ellen's culture clash to Modern Family's primetime power-couple, Hi Honey, I'm Homo! is the story not only of how subversive queer comedy transformed the American sitcom, from its inception through today, but how our favourite sitcoms transformed, and continue to transform, America. Think we've missed something great? Send us a message on Instagram @ProudGeekStore or email us at contact@proud-geek.co.uk ✌

  • 10 Aro/Ace & Demisexual Books To Read In 2024

    As we enter 2024, we're taking a look at some of the best books being released this year with characters on the aromantic and asexual spectrum. From demisexual fiction to aro/ace thriller and asexual YA horror, here are our 10 most anticipated aro/ace & demisexual books coming in 2024. Note: some release dates of these books may be pushed back and covers may change. So Let Them Burn - Kamilah Cole YA Fantasy 16 January 2024 Whip-smart and immersive, this Jamaican-inspired fantasy follows a gods-blessed heroine who’s forced to choose between saving her sister or protecting her homeland. Faron Vincent can channel the power of the gods. Five years ago, she used her divine magic to liberate her island from its enemies, the dragon-riding Langley Empire. But now, at seventeen, Faron is all powered up with no wars to fight. She’s a legend to her people and a nuisance to her neighbors. When she’s forced to attend an international peace summit, Faron expects that she will perform tricks like a trained pet and then go home. She doesn’t expect her older sister, Elara, forming an unprecedented bond with an enemy dragon—or the gods claiming the only way to break that bond is to kill her sister. I Want To Be A Wall 3 - Honami Shirono Slice-Of Life Man 04 April 2024 Yuriko, an asexual woman with a passion for Boys Love stories, agrees to take a husband to satisfy her parents - which is how she finds herself tying the knot with Gakurouta, a gay man in love with his childhood friend with his own family circumstances. And so begins the tale of their marriage of convenience. Although romance will never be in the cards for newlyweds Yuriko and Gakurouta, the bond blossoming between them promises to be a wonderful relationship—the likes of which neither has ever experienced before… Dear Wendy - Ann Zhao YA Contemporary Fiction 16 April 2024 Dear Wendy's Sophie and Jo, two aromantic and asexual students at Wellesley College, engage in an online feud while unknowingly becoming friends in real life, in this dual POV Young Adult contemporary debut. Sophie Chi is in her first year at Wellesley College (despite her parents’ wishes that she attend a “real” university, rather than a liberal arts school) and has long accepted her aromantic and asexual identities. Despite knowing she’ll never fall in love, she enjoys running an Instagram account that offers relationship advice to students at Wellesley. No one except her roommate knows that she’s behind the incredibly popular "Dear Wendy" account. When Joanna “Jo” Ephron―also a first-year student at Wellesley―created their “Sincerely Wanda” account, it wasn't at all meant to be serious or take off like it does―not like Dear Wendy’s. But now they might have a rivalry of sorts with Dear Wendy? Oops . As if Jo’s not busy enough having existential crises over gender, the fact that she’ll never truly be loved or be enough, or her few friends finding The One and forgetting her! The Perfect Guy Doesn't Exist - Sophie Gonzales Magical Fantasy 26 March 2024 A fanfic writer brings her favorite TV character to life in this friends-to-enemies-to-lovers novel full of humor and heart. Ivy Winslow has the house to herself for a week while her parents are away. She’s planning to use this newfound freedom to binge-watch her favorite fantasy TV show, H-MAD, and hang out with her best friend, Henry. She’ll also have to avoid her former best friend-turned enemy (and neighbor), Mack. But things quickly go awry when Ivy wakes up to find Weston, the gorgeous, very fictional main character of H-MAD in her bedroom, claiming to be her soul mate. Ivy realizes that her fanfic writing has somehow brought Weston as she’s imagined him to life. But it turns out that the tropes she swoons over in her stories are slightly less romantic in reality, and her not-so-fictional crush is causing some real-world problems. Moth To A Flame - Finn Longman Fantasy Dystopian Thriller 31 May 2024 The epic conclusion to the dark, twisting thriller trilogy about a teen assassin’s attempt to live a normal life. Isabel Ryans has fled Espera, leaving behind her identity as teen assassin the Moth. Now she’s trying to adjust to the reality of the outside world. But her grief and trauma are catching up with her, and surrounded by civilians who will never understand what life is like in the walled city, she feels more alone than ever. When a journalist is murdered nearby, suspicion automatically falls on Isabel. And inside Espera’s walls, the abolitionist movement is gaining strength. When Isabel’s search for the killer leads to an unexpected reunion, she’s forced to decide whether she can really leave the city behind, and what part the Moth might have to play in the uprising. Is Isabel Ryans the city’s saviour . . . or its scapegoat? Lord of the Empty Isles - Jules Arbeaux Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy 06 June 2024 Five years ago, Idrian ordered a withering - a death curse - cast on Remy's brother that cost him his life, and Remy hasn't been the same since. Now Remy finally has the materials he needs to return the favour, but he has one major problem. When he casts the withering, it rebounds onto him. The implications are unthinkable: Remy is fatebound to his brother's killer. Even worse, the only way to slow the curse for long enough to find a cure is to join forces with Idrian and his criminal crew. But when he gets there, Remy discovers there are more than just their lives at stake. Idrian is the sole provider of life-saving supplies to tens of thousands of innocents, and when he dies, they'll die with him. Caught up in perilous heists and a race against time, Remy finds himself truly living for the first time since his brother died. Too bad for Remy—the only way to stop a withering is to kill the witherer. Don't Let The Forest In - CG Drews YA Psychological Horror 29 October 2024 As alluring as it is unsettling, award-winning author CG Drews’ debut YA psychological horror will leave readers breathless and hesitant to venture deeper into the woods. Once upon a time, Andrew had cut out his heart and given it to this boy, and he was very sure Thomas had no idea that Andrew would do anything for him. Protect him. Lie for him. Kill for him. High school senior Andrew Perrault finds refuge in the twisted fairytales that he writes for the only person who can ground him to reality—Thomas Rye, the boy with perpetually ink-stained hands and hair like autumn leaves. And with his twin sister, Dove, inexplicably keeping him at a cold distance upon their return to Wickwood Academy, Andrew finds himself leaning on his friend even more. But something strange is going on with Thomas. Here We Go Again - Alison Cockrun Contemporary Romance 02 April 2024 A long time ago, Logan Maletis and Rosemary Hale used to be friends. They spent their childhood summers running through the woods, rebelling against their conservative small town, and dreaming of escaping. But then an incident the summer before high school turned them into bitter rivals. After graduation, they went ten years without speaking. Now in their thirties, Logan and Rosemary find they aren’t quite living the lives of adventure they imagined for themselves. Still in their small town and working as teachers at their alma mater, they’re both stuck in old patterns. Uptight Rosemary chooses security and stability over all else, working constantly, and her most stable relationship is with her label maker. Chaotic and impulsive Logan has a long list of misguided ex-lovers and an apathetic shrug she uses to protect herself from anything real. And as hard as they try to avoid each other—and their complicated past—they keep crashing into each other. Including with their cars. But when their beloved former English teacher and lifelong mentor tells them he has only a few months to live, they’re forced together once and for all to fulfill his last a cross-country road trip. Asking for a Friend - Ronnie Riley Middlegrade Fiction 04 June 2024 Eden Jones has exactly three friends. And they're all fake. Why go through the stress of making friends when you can just pretend? It works for Eden and their social anxiety... until their mom announces she's throwing them a birthday party and all their friends are invited. Eden’s "friends," Duke, Ramona, and Tabitha, are all real kids from school... but Eden’s never actually spoken to them before. Now Eden will do whatever it takes to convince them to be their friends--at least until the party is over. When things start to go better than Eden expects, and the group starts to bond, Eden finds themselves trapped in a lie that gets worse the longer they keep it up. What happens if their now sort-of-real friends discover that Eden hasn't been honest with them from the very beginning? The Loudest Silence - Sydney Langford YA Contemporary Fiction 30 July 2024 Two disabled, queer teens find belonging in this poignant platonic love story about singing, signing, and solidarity. Sixteen-year-old Casey Kowalski dreamed of becoming a professional singer. Then the universe threw her a life-altering curveball—sudden, permanent, and profound hearing loss—mere months before her family’s cross-country move from Portland to Miami. Now, faced with the dual challenges of starting over at a new high school and learning to navigate the world as a Deaf-Hard of Hearing person, Casey is mourning the loss of her music while trying to conceal her hearing loss from her new schoolmates. Soccer captain Hayden González-Rossi is facing his own challenges. Three generations of González men have risen to stardom on the soccer field, including Hayden’s older brother. Hayden knows his family expects him to follow in their footsteps, but he has a secret: he wants to quit soccer and pursue a career on Broadway. If only his Generalized Anxiety Disorder didn’t send him into a debilitating spiral over the thought of telling them the truth. Think we've missed something great? Send us a message on Twitter @ProudGeekStore or email us at contact@proud-geek.co.uk ✌

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