Books by Robin Reardon

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Author of books about gay teens (A Secret Edge, Thinking Straight, A Question of Manhood, Evolution of Ethan Poe, Revelations of Jude Connor, Educating Simon)

A number of people have asked me why I write novels about gay teens. It's a good question. If I told you I'd had an answer for them right away, that would be fiction. I had to think about it.

And there is more than one reason. For one thing, I hate injustice. While there are other groups of people I could write about who are treated unjustly, the cognitive disconnect I see around the issue of homosexuality is both fascinating and infuriating to me. Logically, rationally, if you read any current events at all, you see that science is coming up with proof after proof that this orientation is a normal, naturally occurring phenomenon - not just in people, either, but in over 1,500 different animal species. So far! So the disconnect is coming from someplace outside of reason. Outside of reality. Which puts it into fascinating areas, irresistible to an author: psychology, social conditioning, religious extremism - juicy territory.

Teens of any orientation are going through a precarious time of life. Discovering that something very foundational about yourself is different from most other people can make balance much harder. So gay teens seem particularly vulnerable to me. We've come a long way as a society around gay issues, but not nearly far enough. There's lots more to do, and I want to be a part of that.

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A Question of Manhood
A Question of Manhood
by Robin Reardon
What makes a man a man? Or a leader a leader? What if we stopped expecting dogs to read our minds? November 1972. The Vietnam War is rumored to be drawing to a close, and for sixteen-year-old Paul Landon, the end can't come soon enough. The end will mean his older brother Chris, the family's golden child, returning home from the Army...
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And If I Fall
And If I Fall
by Robin Reardon
Jude Connor’s rural Idaho hometown is a place of strong values and high expectations. For those who fit into the local church’s narrow confines, there’s support and fellowship. For those who don’t, there’s ostracism in this life and certain damnation in the next. Jude wants desperately to be saved—to believe with the fervor of the...
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On Chocorua: Book 1 of the Trailblazer series
On Chocorua: Book 1 of the Trailblazer series
by Robin Reardon
A mountain. A blizzard. A young man new to hiking and to love, making mistakes in both. First year of college is a great time to re-invent yourself. Nathan Bartlett takes the opportunity very seriously--maybe a little too seriously. And he makes mistakes. His mistakes? Falling for a straight guy who reminds him of his beloved older...
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Categories: All Romance
On The Kalalau Trail (Trailblazer Book 2)
On The Kalalau Trail (Trailblazer Book 2)
by Robin Reardon
Self-discovery. Sounds simple, right? After all, you’re already there. You’re already you. So it can surprise us that it takes so much time, and so much effort. It surprises Nathan Bartlett. Nathan has lost two family members in a few years. It surprises him to realize he hadn’t known them nearly as well as he’d thought, and this makes...
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On The Kalalau Trail (Trailblazer Book 2)
On The Kalalau Trail (Trailblazer Book 2)
by Robin Reardon
Self-discovery. Sounds simple, right? After all, you’re already there. You’re already you. So it can surprise us that it takes so much time, and so much effort. It surprises Nathan Bartlett. Nathan has lost two family members in a few years. It surprises him to realize he hadn’t known them nearly as well as he’d thought, and this makes...
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On The Kalalau Trail (Trailblazer Book 2)
On The Kalalau Trail (Trailblazer Book 2)
by Robin Reardon
Self-discovery. Sounds simple, right? After all, you’re already there. You’re already you. So it can surprise us that it takes so much time, and so much effort. It surprises Nathan Bartlett. Nathan has lost two family members in a few years. It surprises him to realize he hadn’t known them nearly as well as he’d thought, and this makes...
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A Secret Edge
A Secret Edge
by Robin Reardon
What would keep the bullies away? A knife, or just the knowledge that you have it? And if you're gay, is that a secret edge or something others use to cut you with? "I love the long distance run, when you feel like you're about to die. . .and then you reach this place where you feel like there are no boundaries for you anywhere. . ....
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Categories: All Teen Lit
The Case for Acceptance: An Open Letter to Humanity
The Case for Acceptance: An Open Letter to Humanity
by Robin Reardon
The Case for Acceptance: An Open Letter to Humanity presents the rationale behind Robin Reardon's second novel, Thinking Straight, which is about a gay teen whose parents send him to a summer camp designed to straighten him out. The novel is positive and inclusive, respecting religious belief while taking a step toward creating a safe...
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Throwing Stones
Throwing Stones
by Robin Reardon
What if you fell in love with a Pagan? And what if you were both gay? What would happen next? In this paranormal romance, something is drawing seventeen-year-old Jesse Bryce toward the community of Pagans who live in "the village," just outside his rural Oklahoma town. Maybe it's that he has a crush on Griffin Holyoke, a tall...
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Educating Simon
Educating Simon
by Robin Reardon
Is the letter Z always dark purple? Have you ever wished the agonizing death of the blue ringed octopus' bite on anyone? And if you were gay, would that help you understand a young transgender girl?Everything sixteen-year-old Simon Fitzroy-Hunt loves is in England. There's his school, his boyfriend, his cat, and especially Oxford...
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Categories: All Sex & Erotica
Thinking Straight
Thinking Straight
by Robin Reardon
You are told: God has made you something God can't love. Fix it.How would you respond to that demand?"I know God doesn't make mistakes, and if I'm gay it's because that's what he wanted. What you wanted. And I think the challenge is to get everyone else to see that. This is their test, not mine." If only Taylor Adams had kept on lying to...
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Waiting for Walker
Waiting for Walker
by Robin Reardon
Micah Jaeger's life is a mess. His folks have split, and his mother is seeing a medium to communicate with Micah's older brother, killed in Afghanistan. He had to change schools for his junior year, which made him retreat further into himself, hiding behind his camera—and hiding that he's gay. One sunny day in June, as he's shooting a...
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Categories: All Romance; All Teen Lit
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