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DOMA’s Repeal + Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger

June 26, 2013

In honor of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today regarding DOMA, here is a quick review of a YA/Teen book that I think is quite appropriate for the occasion…

Hard Love by Ellen WittlingerHardLove

Simple Synopsis:  Teenage boy falls in love with teenage girl.  Teenage girl is a lesbian.  Teenage boy tries to force her to love him anyway.  Ensuing anguish, heartache, and life lessons.

Warning:  you will probably get mad at the protagonist, John/Gio.  He is kind of an idiot. But hey, what teenage boy, especially one falling in love for the first time, isn’t a little bit of an idiot?  And who wouldn’t fall in love with the intelligent, rebellious, kick-ass Marisol, who, in her own words, is a “…Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee Cambridge, Massachusetts rich spoiled lesbian private-school gifted-and-talented writer virgin looking for love.”  The story that follows these two teenagers who are, of course, figuring out who they are, is one that every teenager should read.  Why?  Hard Love teaches us the lesson that you cannot force someone to be who they are not, even if you are doing so out of love.

See, I told you it was perfect for today. 🙂

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