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Rec: Money in my Pocket
Summary: Don’t judge Rhodey, he was totally getting paid for his, er, services. Things just happened to get a little complicated along the way. SLASH

Review: The author says she wrote this nano style, and to expect a lot of plotholes and awkward writing. But though the speedy writing style does show, it’s a fun romp and I read it in one sitting. I have to say I have a soft spot for guys who have mismatched ideas about what’s going on between them, and this story delivers that. I also have a soft spot for guys who are not nearly as much of an asshole as they think they are, and that’s here too. Plus a little of “I hate you - I love you,” and there’s also an all-seeing, all-knowing, wise girlfriend who is pretty endearing and clearly has a life of her own even though it’s not front and center. I said no warnings, but it is an M story and it does get pretty messy.
fiction  free  by:k.l.sweet  status:complete  rating:mature  length:novella  !slash  !first.time  !fluff  !friendship  !high.school  !love/hate  !contemporary  !slice.of.life  !teens 
july 2016 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda
Summary: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met

Review: This book utterly blindsided me and I’m seriously surprised it hasn’t been recommended yet! I knew I’d probably like it when I picked it up, but I wasn’t expecting it to be a ‘stay-up-til-3-am-when-you-have-a-paper-due-tomorrow’ kind of book.

I loved how this story wasn’t about coming to terms with your sexuality but about how to deal with everyone around you coming to terms with it, which I found really refreshing. All of Simon’s friends and family are super great and you actually get to see how important their relationships are with Simon, they aren’t there just for window dressing! Becky Albertalli also nails portraying teenagers without making them mini adults or making them sound utterly detestable. It’s a super sweet book, pretty funny and I completely fell in love with all the characters.
fiction  status:complete  published  length:novel  rating:teen  !high.school  !contemporary  !teens  by:becky.albertalli  !slash 
july 2016 by TheSlashPile
Rec: West
Summary: A clever and confident seventeen-year-old named West begins a risky game of deception with a fellow classmate. As lies and half truths weave a web of deceit, West is left with more questions than the answers he was seeking.

Review: West is a really clever boy. He makes me remember Light in death note, and I never thought about Light being the bad guy, and surely West is not. He’s just a too much smart guy with too much time and a big curiosity, and you know what they say about curiosity and the cat, because that’s what will probably happen to West.
fiction  free  published  by:kai.taylor  length:novella  length:series  rating:mature  status:complete  !slash  !first.time  !high.school  !holiday  !contemporary 
may 2016 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Facing Rejection
Summary: 17-year-old Alexander starts texting with a nameless guy from school. He might’ve lied about the fact that he has boobs. Consequently, he might be crushing hard on a straight guy.

Review: I didn’t understand the summary given by the author at first, so I was really pleased by the true story. For someone whose mother tongue isn’t English, it’s also well written, although not perfect. The plot is interesting and the main character follows a great evolution. 

I liked the fact that the different upsetting things that happen are explicitly condemned by the author, even though some other slurs made me uncomfortable (mainly misogynistic remarks). The story may seem a bit cliché, but it’s so well done it doesn’t look like it anymore after you’ve read a bit of it.

Most of the characters if not all aren’t painted in black and white, so there’s a realistic feeling to it. And there are girls! On a side note, some of Alexander’s struggles might in my view feel relatable to some trans people (at least they did to me), even if Alex himself isn’t trans. Also: one of the main character is disabled.
fiction  free  !slash  !contemporary  !disability  !high.school  !slice.of.life  !teens  by:immanenceensured  status:wip  rating:mature  length:novel 
may 2016 by TheSlashPile
Rec: You Give Me Butterflies
Summary: “I probably have a condition.”

“Yeah,” Nia said. “Lovesickness. That’s your condition.”

Or, Mei is a regular girl who gets a funny feeling in her stomach around the person she likes. The rest isn’t so regular.

Review: If it wasn’t obvious from the summary, this is a SUPER CUTE fic! It is an absolutely adorable fic about Mei and how she navigates her utter crush on another girl. Mei’s butterflies are literally that–butterflies, and one particular meeting between Mei and her crush creates so many butterflies that it gets plastered all over the news! (Luckily, Mei doesn’t get caught). And of course, Mei eventually gets together with her crush :)
!femslash  !fluff  !friendship  !high.school  !modern.fantasy  !teens  by:obscurereference  free  fiction  status:complete  length:short.story  rating:teen 
march 2016 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Evan Who is Gay (but not magical)
Summary: Evan is used to being invisible. His father’s a local football hero, which pretty much guarantees immunity from the bullies at school and he does his best not to draw attention to himself or cause trouble. High school is all about survival and he’s doing a pretty good job of skating below the radar. Things start to go a little sideways, however, when he’s forced to become a cheerleader against his will, a hot girl suddenly wants to share milkshakes and make out with him, and he realizes he’s got a growing infatuation for a suspected arsonist – who also happens to be a guy.

Review: This is an interesting story - when you start reading it, you kind of assume the motivations are one thing but by the end they’re a bit more complicated and nuanced. 

It’s very much a high schooler coming-of-age and sorta coming-out story, but it has a lot of little things that really make it pop. The best friend and the best friend’s not-girlfriend were two of my favourite parts of the story. There’s a lot of subtlety going on in the small details. And it is definitely a family drama - but a complicated one, where no one is really the villain, and everything is hurty but, by the end, hurty in a good way.

If you like reading stories set in high school, or stories where the protagonist is still figuring themself out, or stories with ridiculous yet endearing protagonists, then you will probably enjoy this. (I’m going to tentatively call this a bisexual and gay story given the nature of the protag’s relationships.)
!slash  !bisexual  !abuse  !coming.out  !contemporary  !drama/angst  !high.school  !slice.of.life  !teens  by:lissadiane  fiction  free  status:complete  length:novel  rating:teen 
march 2016 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Lisowski
Summary: Nickolas Cooper and David Lisowski have never really been interested in relationships. Both boys were always too apathetic to care much about anything. But when they decide to explore their unusual attraction to each other, one of them starts to discover a side of the other they never thought possible.

Review: This is a very character driven story. The artstyle of the webcomic is very minimum with typically the bare bones of a background. This actually helps the webcomic with how Nikolas and David interact. Nikolas and David’s relationship is sweet. I feel like the story is about done with establishing its base and the story is about to hit. There have been some mentions of Nikolas’ past. It doesn’t say exactly what happened but it’s implied that Nikolas has been abused as a child. Overall this story is very sweet and seems to be leading into an interesting plot.
!slash  !abuse  !high.school  !hurt/comfort  webcomic  free  by:kota  status:wip  rating:teen 
february 2016 by TheSlashPile
Rec: One Little Bruise
Summary: “Amazing what joy a little misunderstanding can bring.” There’s not really any summary so you’ll have to make do with my poor attempt. Jamie’s sister gives him a pinch hickey which brings him to the notice of jock Sam Bricker. Sam had always thought he was straight but now can’t help but notice the cute little nerd and, well, if anyone’s going to be putting marks on him it will damn well be him!

Review: A cute little high school fluff piece that I enjoy. Pretty well written and nice to read to clear the palate after a reading a whole heap of angst.
fiction  free  by:pheegee  status:complete  length:short.story  rating:mature  !slash  !coming.out  !first.time  !geeks/nerds  !high.school  !jocks  !contemporary  !romance 
january 2016 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of...
Summary: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe has received a Printz Honor (for literary excellence in young adult literature), a Stonewall Book Award (for a work of children’s or young adult literature about the GLBT experience), and the Pura Belpré Author Award (for a work of children’s or young adult literature that celebrates Latino culture). In other words, a lot of people like it for a lot of reasons.

Ari is the narrator and his point of view is a beautiful thing, even with his anger. He’s prone to shocking violence, and worried about it, but he starts to come out of his shell and adjust when he meets Dante. Sáenz was a poet before he was a novelist and his skill with words shines through. This is a wonderfully crafted novel. But craft doesn’t mean anything if the story is lame. This is one of the best books about friendship I’ve read in ages. It’s also a terrific book about identity, life in West Texas, family, and overcoming your worst instincts. The gay romance is just the cherry on top of how awesome this book is.

(Note: This is historical fiction, but of the sort that’s only twenty or so years in the past so it reads pretty similarly to contemporary.)
fiction  rec  published  by:benjamin.alire.saenz  status:complete  rating:teen  length:novel  !coming.out  !friendship  !high.school  !slash  !slice.of.life  !historical  !teens 
december 2015 by TheSlashPile
Rec: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Summary: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the wildly popular novel by Stephen Chbosky about a freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman) who is always watching from the sidelines until a pair of charismatic seniors takes him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her fearless stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the quest for the perfect song.

Review: I LOVE Emma Watson. So I had to watch this movie even if I thought the story to be rather boring. I was proven wrong. I expected some off-the-shelf movie about some boring teenagers in high-school, but the movie is deeply emotional and highly profound and not at all what I expected. Each character is incredibly strong and fascinating. You can follow the development of each character during the movie. The reason I reccomend this movie is because one of his new friends , Patrick, is gay and has a lot of problems to overcome, which is one of the bigger themes of the movie.

I really like this movie. It’s full of life, joy and a lot of interesting characters. And it’s very difficult to describe it. There are a lot of topics that are slightly touched and that one has to figure it out for oneself, what I really liked.
film  rec  by:stephen.chbosky  status:complete  rating:teen  !abuse  !coming.out  !drugs  !friendship  !high.school  !hurt/comfort  !noncon  !slice.of.life  !romance 
december 2015 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Full-Spectrum Therapy
Summary: Troubled teen Damien Aattou was looking for a way out–instead, he found a new way to let Them in. After accidentally involving his persistent admirer, Quin Roberts, and Quin’s unrelenting ex, Tayler, he catches the attention of his school’s rookie Empath, who makes it his own business to tie the kids to the recent flux of alien outbreaks around town.

Full-Spectrum Therapy is a body-horror drama focusing on a group of teens in an alternate-present America where encephaloparasitic aliens invaded–30 years ago. Basically, it’s goths and queer kids kicking alien butt!

Review: This webcomic ticks all the quality boxes - interesting characters who feel alive, a complex and well thought out plot, great art, and frequent and reliable updates.

The characters are regular high school kids with all the drama and problems you expect from a group of teenagers, but there’s something more sinister going on beneath it all that’s slowly being revealed.
rec  by:alkaplan  web.series  free  status:wip  rating:teen  !slash  !bisexual  !magic.users  !aliens  !modern.fantasy  !scifi  !paranormal  !poc.main.character  !psychics  !teens  !high.school  !drama/angst 
december 2015 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Pet
Summary: Arthur is in his final year of high school and finds himself entirely too interested in the new English teacher. Entirely inspired by the Police lyrics ‘Sometimes it’s not so easy to be the teacher’s Pet’.

Review: This is an Inception AU but because it has nothing left from the movie but the names of the characters (and a few characters’ traits), and because it’s absolutely AWESOME I though I would rec it here.

I read a lot of Inception AUs, but this one really stands out, even though I usually dislike Student/teacher relationships. The writing is great, grammar is faultless, but what makes it AWESOME is the characters’ depictions, their chemistry, their development, and the pace of the story, how realistic it is. So of course there’s angst, lots of it, but I’m sucker for a good angsty story if it has a happy ending. You should give it a try !
fiction  rec  free  by:ladyvader  rating:mature  length:novel  status:complete  !age.difference  !first.time  !high.school  !student/teacher  !contemporary  !drama/angst  !slash 
december 2015 by TheSlashPile
Rec: The Difference Between You and Me
Summary: Jesse cuts her own hair with a Swiss Army knife. She wears big green fisherman’s boots. She’s the founding (and only) member of NOLAW, the National Organization to Liberate All Weirdos. Emily wears sweaters with faux pearl buttons. She’s vice president of the student council. She has a boyfriend.

These two girls have nothing in common, except the passionate “private time” they share every Tuesday afternoon. Jesse wishes their relationship could be out in the open, but Emily feels she has too much to lose. When they find themselves on opposite sides of a heated school conflict, they each have to decide what’s more important: what you believe in, or the one you love?

Review: The Difference Between You and Me is about the relationship of Jesse, an out and proud butch lesbian, and Emily, who is in the closet and has a boyfriend. On top of the whole in/out thing, they’re on opposite sides of the campaign regarding a big box store that wants to build in their town. Then Jesse meets Esther, who shares her political views. Their relationship is platonic, but it helps Jesse realize her dissatisfaction with what Emily is willing to give.

It’s fun to read a high school novel that isn’t about coming out at all, as well as to read one about a lesbian who doesn’t present as femme. Also, Jesse and Emily’s makeout scenes are very well written. It’s a fun novel that doesn’t ignore the difficulties of being an out teen, but doesn’t focus on those difficulties to the exclusion of everything else.
fiction  rec  published  by:madeleine.george  status:complete  length:novel  rating:teen  !established.relationship  !femslash  !high.school  !contemporary  !teens 
december 2015 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Tomodachi Forever
Summary: Tomodachi Forever is a Young Adult LGBTQ webcomic for anyone who’s ever been bullied, afraid, in love, rejected, confused, depressed, or just struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong. Y'know, pretty much every person who’s ever lived. Tomodachi means “friends”. Grab yours and follow the Tomo cast as they try to hold on to each other as they graduate high school and move on to their adult lives - some more willingly than others…
rec  by:kieran.james  webcomic  free  status:wip  rating:teen  !slash  !femslash  !bisexual  !transgender  !college/university  !coming.out  !contemporary  !crime  !criminals  !abuse  !drama/angst  !friendship  !gangsters  !high.school  !love/hate  !jocks  !music/bands  !poc.main.character  !politics/politicians  !rich.guy/poor.guy  !royalty  !romance  !teens 
november 2015 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Storm
Summary: It comes when you believe.

Review: Chris loves Davis, but accepting Chris’s feelings goes against everything Davis is. This is the confrontation of one heartbroken teen to an anguished other. Very intelligent, soulful and skillfully written.

Beautiful. I hate one-shots, but this is wholly satisfying and heart-breaking and perfect and I wouldn’t want anything changed about it.
fiction  rec  free  by:winterbridge  length:short.story  status:complete  rating:mature  !friendship  !high.school  !religion/spirituality  !slice.of.life  !contemporary  !drama/angst  !teens 
october 2015 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Self Proclaimed Messiah
Summary: He wants to take the lumps for me, but the best he can offer is to clean me up afterwards.

Review: Bo and Carlton come from abusive family backgrounds. Bo takes things into his own hands one day and breaks himself and his family free of his father’s cruelty, but will Carlton ever escape his mother’s drunken maltreatment?

Despite its “shortness” the story progresses at a satisfactory pace and gives proper closure. Also, better written than most online slash.

Note: This rec was made for an earlier version of this story. The author has since revamped it and the link leads to the new version.
fiction  rec  free  by:xanthofile  status:complete  length:short.story  rating:mature  !abuse  !drugs  !friendship  !high.school  !hurt/comfort  !love/hate  !parents/guardians  !slice.of.life  !slash  !contemporary  !dark  !drama/angst  !teens 
october 2015 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Trenza
Summary: Daichi, a ninja, and Medoro, a half-serpent, must work together to save Trenza, the country they are living in, before it disappear. Trapped in a time loop and with the islands vanishing each morning, they will face strange worlds in their race against time; one misstep could be the end of Trenza, of themselves and of the whole world.
rec  !bisexual  !high.school  !magic.users  !magical.creatures  !modern.fantasy  published  fiction  status:complete  length:novel  rating:teen  by:laura.lauman  language:spanish 
october 2015 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Overlapse
Summary: It seems that Audrey, a time-travelling runaway, has taken an interest in a girl named Jen. As the two learn more about each other, the key to saving the future might finally come to light.

Review: Here’s a new GL/lesbian webcomic I’m really excited for! The art is great and the plot seems really interesting so far. Fans of time travel and lesbian romance should definitely check it out.
rec  webcomic  free  status:wip  rating:teen  by:crossanima  !femslash  !scifi  !teens  !high.school  !time.travel 
september 2015 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Rubyfruit Jungle
Summary: Molly Bolt is a young lady with a big character. Beautiful, funny and bright, Molly figures out at a young age that she will have to be tough to stay true to herself in mid-twentieth-century America. In her dealings with girlfriends and boyfriends, in the rocky relationship with her mother and in her determination to pursue her career, she will fight for her right to happiness. Charming, proud and inspiring, Molly is the girl who refuses to be put in a box.

Review: This book was written at the beginning of the 70s, but it still doesn’t get old. Of course women are taken more seriously today, but some of the events of the story may hit close home if you’re a woman too. Outside of Molly’s struggles as a gender nonconforming woman, the author tried to challenge the reader’s view on labels (outside and inside the LGBT community). I found the underlying reflexion very interesting, although I don’t agree with everything. If there’s one thing that really bugged me in this work, it’s the end. It kinds of leave you hanging. On another note, the book is funny, the main character has the guts to give the homophobes a piece of her mind - which is awesome - and it’s easy to read. I really enjoyed it.
rec  !femslash  !slash  !age.difference  !cheating  !college/university  !coming.out  !contemporary  !food.industry  !friendship  !high.school  !slice.of.life  !teens  fiction  published  by:rita.mae.brown  length:novel  rating:mature  status:complete 
september 2015 by TheSlashPile
Rec: Clicking Beat on the Brink of Nada
Summary: I remember friends like brothers, when friends were what you lived for. I remember friends always there, to live your life with. I remember friends who knew every secret, when friends loved you for everything you were.

Review: I bought this on a whim when I ordered my last batch of slashy good-ness. It blew me away and punched me in the gut at the same time. Repeatedly. Basically, it’s about a teenager who moves to a new city with his family and makes new friends and meets his soul-mate. You know the drill, pretty cliché. But this story is anything but.

I’ve been trying for the last hour to write something coherent about it, but have failed miserably. Please, if you have the opportunity, either buy or borrow this book at a library, because it’s amazing and worth the read, even if it doesn’t sound like something you’d normally pick up. This might just be the best coming-of-age I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It feel realistic and honest, no angst, whinging or over-the-top drama. The main character is likable and believable, the plot both deep as well as shallow and the witty humor is actually funny.

The best part, for me personally, is the fact that it’s not that long and can easily be read in one sitting. This is a blessing, since I’m currently trying to chew my way through the “Song of Ice and Fire” series. One really should appreciate the easy reads more…
fiction  rec  published  status:complete  length:novel  rating:teen  by:keith.hale  !slash  !friendship  !high.school  !slice.of.life  !contemporary  !teens 
september 2015 by TheSlashPile

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