For my reading this week I researched YA Lit Diversity books and I found a website with a list of books for children with LGBT parents and I figured it would be a great idea to check out one of these books because we haven’t really talked about this a lot yet and I found a book called Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters and I loved it! The best part was that the narrator was a male and this definitely would help get a boy in this situation excited to read it because they may be able to relate to it!
The narrator’s name is Nick and he came to his mothers through artificial insemination. How mother’s are Erin and Jo and their relationship is flawed just like any other “tradition” marriage relationship. The trouble really begins when Erin is diagnosed with cancer and this causes Jo to develop and alcohol problem. Their relationship becomes strained and Erin meets someone else and falls in love. Not only does Nick have to deal with the trouble of his parents relationship and their split, but the societal issues that comes with being a boy with two moms. Erin is Nick’s birth mother, so when Nick try to keep his relationship with Jo, Erin refuses to let this happen. Because Erin and Jo were never married and Jo never thought that she would have the need to adopt Nick their is nothing that she can do about the situation. Nick and Jo try extremely hard to get to keep each other in their lives and it is really hard to read because of all the emotion that you feel for these two.
I loved this book and if anyone is interested, they should definitely go pick it up. It is a good one to add to your TBR.