Boldly weird, cool, and confident, this YA novel of LGBTQ+ teen artists, activists, and telepathic visionaries offers hope against climate and community destruction. From the National Book Award–longlisted author ofOut of Salem.
James Goldman, self-described neurotic goth gay transsexual stoner, is a senior in high school, and fully over it. He mostly ignores his classes at Cow Pie High, instead focusing on fundraising for the near-bankrupt local LGBTQ+ youth support group, Compton House, and attending punk shows with his friend-crush Ian and best friend Opal. But when James falls in love with Orsino, a homeschooled trans boy with telepathic powers and visions of the future, he wonders if the scope of what he believes possible is too small. Orsino, meanwhile, hopes that in James he has finally found someone who will be able to share the apocalyptic visions he has had to keep to himself, and better understand the powers they hold.
How to Get Over the End of the Worldconfirms Hal Schrieve as a unique and to-be-celebrated voice in LGBTQ+ YA fiction with this multi-voiced story about flawed people trying their hardest to make a better world, about the beauty and craziness of hope, about too-big dreams and reality checks, and about the ways in which human messiness—egos, jealousy, insecurity—and good faith can coexist. It is also about preserving the ties within a chosen family—and maybe saving the world—through love, art, and acts of resistance.
About The Author:
Hal Schrieve writes queer fiction for young people. Hal also writes comics and zines for people hir own age, some of which you can find on hir website. When Hal is not writing books, ze works as a children’s librarian at the New York Public Library. As a librarian, Hal has written educator guides to other queer books for children and teens.
Hal earned hir Master’s in Library Science from Queen’s College and works as a Children’s Librarian at New York Public Library. Out of Salem, hir debut novel, received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly and was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Hal lives in Ridgewood with hir boyfriend and cat.
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