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Titre : L’esquisse du bonheur d’Akemi Dawn Bowman

Résumé : Kiko Himura ne s’est jamais sentie à sa place. Avec une mère qui la rabaisse tout le temps et son métissage japonais qui la rend différente aux yeux des autres, elle préfère se rendre invisible, certaine qu’une fois qu’elle aura intégré l’école d’art de ses rêves tout s’arrangera. Car Kiko mise tout sur son avenir, l’esquisse d’un bonheur si proche… Pourtant, quand elle croise par hasard Jamie, son amour d’enfance, et que sa mère lui annonce le retour dans leurs vies de la personne qu’elle déteste le plus au monde, c’est son passé qui resurgit…

Radar à diversité : pp américaine-japonaise

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : Sur le vif d’Elizabeth Acevedo

Résumé : Emoni a de l’or au bout des doigts. Entre ses mains, saveurs et épices composent des plats incomparables. Mais Emoni a aussi une petite fille de 2 ans, et elle jongle entre son rôle de jeune mère, les cours au lycée et le travail le soir pour aider sa grand-mère à payer les factures.
Emoni a 17 ans, et elle ne pense pas qu’elle pourra continuer ses études, ni devenir cheffe dans un restaurant. Dans sa vie faite de responsabilités, il n’y a pas de place pour rêver. L’ouverture dans son lycée d’un nouveau cours d’arts culinaires pourrait bien lui permettre de déployer son talent et de trouver la force en elle d’accomplir son rêve…

Radar à diversité : pp afro-latine

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : La liste porte-bonheur de Rachael Lippincott

Résumé : Emily a toujours eu de la chance.
Du moins jusqu’à ce que sa mère disparaisse…
Quand Emily découvre une mystérieuse boîte dans laquelle est enfouie une liste ayant appartenu à sa mère, sa vie bascule. Elle y trouve douze façons de se rapprocher d’elle. Mais si la jeune femme veut réaliser tous ces rêves inachevés, elle va devoir trouver une alliée : Blake.
Alors qu’elles relèvent les défis un à un, Emily se sent à nouveau chanceuse. Mais pourra-t-elle vivre avec le secret qu’elle refusait jusque-là de s’avouer ?

Radar à diversité : pp lesbienne, F/F

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : Felix Ever After de Kacen Callender

Résumé : Le récit vibrant d’émotion d’un adolescent en quête d’amour, d’identité et de reconnaissance.
Felix cumule les étiquettes –; noir, queer, trans –; mais son identité reste trouble. Comment avancer dans la vie quand on n’arrive pas même à savoir qui l’on est ?
Alors qu’il lutte pour s’affirmer, le jeune homme va devoir faire face aux critiques et aux jalousies. Mais dans l’épreuve vont éclore les plus grandes amitiés… et la plus belle des histoires d’amour.

Radar à diversité : pp Noir, trans et queer

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : The sky blues de Robbie Couch

Résumé : Sky Baker, un lycéen ouvertement gay, a trente jours pour préparer son invitation au bal de promo pour son crush, Ali Rashid. Seulement, un hacker fait fuiter son plan à tout le lycée et il devient viral : Sky est prêt à tout abandonner et changer de ville. Du moins, jusqu’à ce que sa classe lui donne une raison de se battre, et s’octroie les fameux trente jours pour exposer ce hacker…

Radar à diversité : pp gay

Titre : Nothing Burns as Bright as You d’Ashley Woodfolk

Résumé : Two girls. One wild and reckless day. Years of tumultuous history unspooling like a thin, fraying string in the hours after they set a fire.

They were best friends. Until they became more. Their affections grew. Until the blurry lines became dangerous.

Over the course of a single day, the depth of their past, the confusion of their present, and the unpredictability of their future is revealed. And the girls will learn that hearts, like flames, aren’t so easily tamed.

It starts with a fire.

How will it end?

Radar à diversité : pp Noire et bi, pp Noire et lesbienne

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Titre : Final Draft de Riley Redgate

Résumé : The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he’s suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed.

At first, Nazarenko’s eccentric assignments seem absurd. But before long, Laila grows obsessed with gaining the woman’s approval. Soon Laila is pushing herself far from her comfort zone, discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, temporary flings, and instability. Dr. Nazarenko has led Laila to believe that she must choose between perfection and sanity—but rejecting her all-powerful mentor may be the only way for Laila to thrive.

Radar à diversité : pp équatorienne-américaine, pansexuelle, grosse et anxieuse, F/F

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Titre : Queens of Geek de Jen Wilde

Résumé : Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Radar à diversité : pp grosse et autiste, pp asiatique-australienne et bisexuelle

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : Miss Meteor de Tehlor Kay Mejia et Anna-Marie McLemore

Résumé : There hasn’t been a winner of the Miss Meteor beauty pageant who looks like Lita Perez or Chicky Quintanilla in all its history. But that’s not the only reason Lita wants to enter the contest, or why her ex-best friend Chicky wants to help her. The road to becoming Miss Meteor isn’t about being perfect; it’s about sharing who you are with the world—and loving the parts of yourself no one else understands. So to pull off the unlikeliest underdog story in pageant history, Lita and Chicky are going to have to forget the past and imagine a future where girls like them are more than enough—they are everything.

Radar à diversité : pp latine et grosse, pp latine et pansexuelle, li trans

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : Her Name in the Sky de Kelly Quindlen

Résumé : Hannah wants to spend her senior year of high school going to football games and Mardi Gras parties with her tight-knit group of friends.

The last thing she wants is to fall in love with a girl–especially when that girl is her best friend, Baker.

Hannah knows she should like Wally, the kind, earnest boy who asks her to prom. She should cheer on her friend Clay when he asks Baker to be his girlfriend. She should follow the rules of her conservative Louisiana community–the rules that have been ingrained in her since she was a child.

But Hannah longs to be with Baker, who cooks macaroni and cheese with Hannah late at night, who believes in the magic of books as much as Hannah does, and who challenges Hannah to be the best version of herself.

And Baker might want to be with Hannah, too–if both girls can embrace that world-shaking, yet wondrous, possibility.

Radar à diversité : F/F

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Titre : The Summer of Everything de Julian Winters

Résumé : Comic book geek Wesley Hudson excels at two things: slacking off at his job and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, ‘90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren’t helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local used bookstore, is threatened when a coffeeshop franchise wants to buy the property. To top it off, his annoying brother needs wedding planning advice. When all three problems converge, Wes comes face-to-face with the one thing he’s been avoiding—adulthood.

Now, confronted with reality, can Wes balance saving the bookstore and his strained sibling relationship? Can he win the heart of his crush, too?

Radar à diversité : pp métis et gay, li bi/pan mexicain-américain, M/M

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : Take a Hint, Dani Brown de Talia Hibbert

Résumé : Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?

Radar à diversité : pp Noire, grosse et bisexuelle, li musulman et anxieux

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Titre : I Wish You All the Best de Mason Deaver

Résumé : When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

Radar à diversité : pp non-binaire, li bi

CHRONIQUE

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Titre : Kamila Knows Best de Farrah Heron

Résumé : Kamila Hussain’s life might not be perfect, but, whew, it’s close. She lives a life of comfort, filled with her elaborate Bollywood movie parties, a dog with more Instagram followers than most reality stars, a job she loves, and an endless array of friends who clearly need her help finding love. In fact, Kamila is so busy with her friends’ love lives, she’s hardly given any thought to her own . . .

Fortunately, Kamila has Rohan Nasser. A longtime friend of the family, he’s hugely successful, with the deliciously lean, firm body of a rock climber. Only lately, Kamila’s “harmless flirting” with Rohan is making her insides do a little bhangra dance.

But between planning the local shelter’s puppy prom, throwing a huge work event, and proving to everyone that she’s got it all figured out, Kamila isn’t letting herself get distracted—until her secret nemesis returns to town with an eye for Rohan. Suddenly, it seems like the more Kamila tries to plan, the more things are starting to unravel—and her perfectly ordered life is about to be turned upside down.

Radar à diversité : pp indienne

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Titre : Daughter of the Moon Goddess de Sue Lynn Tan

Résumé : Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind.

Alone, powerless, and afraid, she makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, a land of wonder and secrets. Disguising her identity, she seizes an opportunity to learn alongside the emperor’s son, mastering archery and magic, even as passion flames between her and the prince.

To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies across the earth and skies. But when treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, she must challenge the ruthless Celestial Emperor for her dream—striking a dangerous bargain in which she is torn between losing all she loves or plunging the realm into chaos.

Radar à diversité : pp asiatique

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Titre : Our Way Back to Always de Nina Moreno

Résumé : Luisa (Lou) Patterson grew up across the street from Sam Alvarez in the small, quirky town of Port Coral. They used to be inseparable–spending every holiday together, shooting silly YouTube videos, and rescuing stray cats. But then middle school happened, including the most disastrous (and embarrassing) serenade ever, and Lou and Sam haven’t talked in the four years since. Sam is now the golden boy with plenty of friends, while Lou is an introverted romantic who’s happy playing video games and writing fan fiction. But it’s also the summer before their senior year, and life is knocking on Lou’s door.

With her older sister having given up a scholarship to Princeton to have a baby and work at the local botanica, all of their mother’s expectations are now riding on Lou’s shoulders. She’s retaking her SAT’s, signed up for way too many AP classes, and her sights set on colleges with fancy names like Duke and Vanderbilt. But when she finds the bucket list she and Sam wrote together as kids, before Sam’s father was diagnosed with cancer, she’s shocked to see that she hasn’t accomplished any of the goals she’d set for herself. Go to a party? Nope. Pull the greatest prank of all time? Still no. Learn how to be a really good kisser? Definitely not.

Torn between the future that her mother, sister, and younger self planned for her, Lou sets out to finish the list, and in a stroke of destiny or fate, Sam decides to tag along. Still trying to stay afloat amid the grief of losing his father, Sam himself is staring down a future that feels all too close, and is coming far too fast. But with the bucket list to guide them, Sam and Lou might just be able to find a way through the future, and also a way back to each other.

Radar à diversité : pp colombienne avec un TDAH

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Titre : Golden Boys de Phil Stamper

Résumé : Gabriel, Reese, Sal, and Heath are best friends, bonded in their small rural town by their queerness, their good grades, and their big dreams. They are about to embark on the summer before senior year of high school, where each is going on a new, big adventure. Reese is attending a design school in Paris. Gabriel is going to Boston to volunteer with a environmental nonprofit. Sal is interning on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Senator. And Heath is stuck going to Daytona Beach to help out at his aunt’s beachfront arcade.

What will this summer of new experiences and world-expanding travel mean for each of them—and for their friendship?

Radar à diversité : cast de personnages gays

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