Crystal's House of Queers

Crystal's House of Queers

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"The heady mix of teenaged desire, confusion, and conviction are convincing. This story of found family brims with high drama." -PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

GOLD Medal Literary Titan

BRONZE Medal Reader's Favorite International Book Award-LGBTQ Fiction

Three senior girls in rural Alaska escape their abusive pasts by raising their dyke flag for themselves and their community.

Crystal Rose woke up at three in the morning today, drenched in sweat and breathless after another sex dream with Haley Carson. Later at school in the tiny town of Clear, Alaska, Crystal saves Haley from an assault by her abusive boyfriend.

The two girls renew a love started years ago that had to stay hidden until now. But with Crystal's grandparents in the hospital with Covid and the possibility of her drug addict parents returning from a 14-year absence, Crystal needs Haley as much as she needs Crystal.

They connect with Payton Reed, a gun-toting artist who helps them feel proud to be gay and willing to stand up to anyone. Together they struggle to make Crystal's house safe for those who are hated for their love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19mm | 485g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1737006421
  • 9781737006428

Review quote

"The heady mix of teenaged desire, confusion, and conviction are convincing. This story of found family brims with high drama." -PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

"Epic in scope, Skipstone's stunning book is an unflinching conventional narrative of how queer women are viewed in today's world. It is a journey of gender and sexual discovery. It celebrates the beauty and complexity of queer lives without glossing over the trauma created by a transphobic society. It's the kind of queer narrative we badly need: honest, freeing, and vital. . . . Crystal's House of Queers is beautiful and painful and full of the kind of raw honesty that feels like a true gift." --Authors Reading

"A triumphant and poignantly drawn journey of self-acceptance and self-advocacy...The expert pacing and tight plotting keep the pages flying. Featuring an entertaining cast of disable and queer characters, this book focuses on sexual identity, abuse, bullying, family and friendship, and individual desires. This is a page-turner." -The Prairies Book Review

"The author has a gift of writing dialogues that are perfect and flow naturally, and it is interesting how these dialogues move the story forward while exploring and deepening characterization. The characters are well-developed, fully drawn, and sophisticated, and I enjoyed the ambiance in Crystal's home and the boisterous nature of the characters. One of those books I raced through and would pick up again, thanks to the lively narrative voice and the character depth." --Christian Sia

"This story is at once an intelligent homage to gay love and a startlingly original romance with a vividly described setting in the small town of Clear, Alaska. The author is never lacking in wit and she created characters that I still followed after turning the last page. Crystal's House of Queers has huge doses of humor, features dialogues that feel real, and plot points that are solidly imagined and executed with skill." --Ruffina Oserio

". . . told in such a compelling and impassioned way that makes your heart ache and soar with all the highs and lows. . . . I would recommend Crystal's House Of Queers to anyone looking for an emotional yet invigorating lesbian romance novel." -Literary Titan

"Crystal's House of Queers by Brooke Skipstone is a sweeping and passionate romance with strong gay themes, following compelling characters. The plot builds up with emotional intensity, and the characters develop throughout the story to a point where they realize it is time to override the prejudices of society, a time to fight: 'Because we love.' This is an immersive narrative with a tense plot and characters that swept me away. Brooke Skipstone's exploration of character and her gift for atmospheric writing are elements that augment the entertainment quality of this emotive and engaging tale." --Jose Cornelio

"The story is not only sharp and moving, but distinguished by its exploration of the themes of bullying, abuse, addiction, and stigma related to disability and LGBTQ among teens and young adults.The accompanied illustrious are absolutely gorgeous. Through Crystal's journey to finding her voice, Skipstone provides an intelligent meditation on love, family, friendship, and identity." -The BookView Review
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117 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 42% (49)
4 25% (29)
3 12% (14)
2 14% (16)
1 8% (9)
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