Book Reviews

Something Better than Home: A Review

My review of Something Better than Home originally appeared at The BLLC Review.  Something Better than Home by Leona Beasley is coming of age story about a young Black lesbian growing up in the post-Civil Rights era South. At first glance this book doesn’t seem like young adult fiction, but it is, and I wish that it… Continue reading Something Better than Home: A Review

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BLF Press, Book Reviews

New Review of A Failure to Communicate

Hey y'all! Lambda Literary just reviewed my book and it was such a thoughtful review! I'm so happy that someone took the time to read and write about my little book.  Here's the link if you'd like to read it. http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/fiction/07/30/a-failure-to-communicate-by-s-andrea-allen/  

BLLC Review, Book Reviews

Five Black Lesbian Books You Should be Reading for Pride Month — Black Lesbian Literary Collective

My latest over at the BLLC Review! Pride month is nearly over, and there are lists upon lists of books LGBTQ folks should be reading circulating around the internet. Interestingly, most of them don’t have many, if any, Black lesbian books included on them. A wonderful exception is this list by Danika Ellis, head librarian… Continue reading Five Black Lesbian Books You Should be Reading for Pride Month — Black Lesbian Literary Collective

Book Reviews

Lyric and Blake: A brief review

Lyric and Blake by V. Nikki Jones My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lyric and Blake is exactly what you’d think a short novel about pre-teens would be: full of messy, smart-alecky kids trying to figure out who they are and how to get through the next class period. What’s most compelling about Lyric and… Continue reading Lyric and Blake: A brief review

Book Reviews

Fistful of Love: A Review

Renee Cronin’s sophomore novel is an arresting account of intimate partner violence in a Black lesbian relationship. It is also a tale of friendship and chosen family. Jeya Wellington is a social worker, tasked with helping her clients overcome the trauma in their lives, but she is hiding a terrible secret: her partner Rayne is… Continue reading Fistful of Love: A Review