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The Letter Q includes more than 60 writers, and what they would say to their teen selves if they could. All of these writers grew up to be proudly gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and their consistent message to their younger selves is that life will change, that it will change for the better. There's a great diversity of voices represented in this book, and sexuality isn't the only thing that these writers struggled with as kids. Racism, bullying, body issues, self-doubt, lack of parental acceptance or understanding, mental health issues, alcoholism, drugs--these are all touched on in one or more stories. You'll see writers whose names you may recognize--Brian Selznick, Julie Anne Peters, Gregory McGuire, Malinda Lo, David Levithan, Jacqueline Woodson, Brent Hartinger...and others whose work you may want to seek out after reading their stories. The letters are short, and you can read the book all the way through or dip in here and there. This book is for anyone who wants to know what it's like to be a glbt kid, and that, no matter what you may be struggling with, things can get better.

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