Cover Crush: Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry

Crushed on by kelly, on June 10, 2019, in Cover Crush, Future releases / 0 Comments

Cover Crush: Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry

Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry has such a beautiful cover! Remember, for Pride Month I am highlighting #LGBTQIA+ books for the month, and I am so excited for this retelling of Orpheus with two girls from Texas. I know that there are so many more queer YA books that deal with boys, so when I can feature some new and upcoming lesbian books, I can’t resist sharing especially when they are as gorgeous as this one. The soft color pallet and illustrations are so comforting. To see two girls holding hands in a romantic gesture just feels so good to see on a cover! Yes, holding hands is a big deal folx! I know last week I highlighted The Gravity of Us for the same reasons, but trust me, it’s not as common as you would think! This book isn’t going to be an easy read, but I have a feeling it is an important book.

Be sure to add this one to your fall TBR for the October 8th release date. While I am sad I didn’t snag a copy of this one at BookExpo, it is where I learned about it!

Orpheus Girl cover was illustrated by Dana Ledl

Cover Crush: Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry

Orpheus Girl

by Brynne Rebele-Henry
Published by: Soho Teen
on October 8, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, GLBTQIA+, Retellings
Pages: 176

In her debut novel, award–winning poet Brynne Rebele-Henry re-imagines the epic of Orpheus as a love story between two teen girls in rural Texas.

Abandoned by a single mother she never knew, 16-year-old Raya—obsessed with ancient myths—lives with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. For years Raya has hidden her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. When the two are caught in an intimate moment, they are sent to Friendly Saviors: a re-education camp meant to “fix” them and make them heterosexual. Upon arrival Raya vows to assume the mythic role of Orpheus to save them both and to return them to the world of the living, at any cost.

In a haunting voice reminiscent of Sylvia Plath, with the contemporary lyricism of David Levithan, Orpheus Girl is a mythic story of dysfunctional families, first love, heartbreak—and the fierce adolescent resilience that has the power to triumph over darkness and ignorance.

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