Christina read fiction!
For perhaps the first time in podcast history, I finished a novel before Evan! Girls Like Girls, Hayley Kiyoko’s first novel, was an absolute delight! I listened to the audiobook, which I highly recommend as Hayley narrates most of it. If you’re looking for a heartwarming and nostalgic queer YA book, this is the one. I’ll keep my thoughts brief in this newsletter because I’d like to eventually talk about the book on the podcast, but here is the publisher’s blurb:
"Trailblazing pop star, actor and director, Hayley Kiyoko debuts her first novel, a coming-of-age romance based on her breakthrough hit song and viral video, GIRLS LIKE GIRLS.
It’s summertime and 17-year-old Coley has found herself alone, again. Forced to move to rural Oregon after just losing her mother, she is in no position to risk her already fragile heart. But when she meets Sonya, the attraction is immediate.
Coley worries she isn't worthy of love. Up until now, everyone she's loved has left her. And Sonya's never been with a girl before. What if she's too afraid to show up for Coley? What if by opening her heart, Coley's risking it all?
They both realize that when things are pushed down, and feelings are forced to shrivel away, Coley and Sonya will be the ones to shrink. It’s not until they accept the love they fear and deserve most, that suddenly the song makes sense.
Based on the billboard-charting smash hit song and viral music video GIRLS LIKE GIRLS, Hayley Kiyoko's debut novel is about embracing your truth and realizing we are all worthy of being loved back."
This month, we put out an episode about being queer at work, featuring some listener letters! It was so wonderful to hear from you about your experiences navigating the workplace as queer folks. We’ve also got a Q&A episode to finish up this season of the podcast, and that one will be in your feeds very soon.
Our Queer at Work episode inspired a conversation about hot Pixar moms over in our Instagram stories. Thanks for being silly with us!