EXPLORE MIA’s YA BOOKS…
The Red Sheet
Be the change you wish to see in the world with Bryan in The Red Sheet.
“A well-written YA novel that balances honest storytelling with a strong anti-bullying message.” Kirkus Reviews *selected to be in Kirkus Reviews (Magazine) Issue October 1st 2015
“I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like this before. It is superb… And once everything is revealed, the reader might be more shocked than Bryan was.” Cheryl C Malandrinos Vine Voice Amazon Review
“Author Mia Kerick has written a powerful coming of age, coming-out novel that is well written and deeply profound in its sincerity.” Literary Classics
“The best young adult book I’ve read, and frankly, this ranks right up there among the best books I’ve read, period!” Wendy, Hearts on Fire Reviews
“This touching voyage of self-re-discovery is one of the best twists of the Young Adult LGBT tale I’ve ever read—and I’ve read a lot.” Ulysses Dietz
Find love between the gender lines with Chance in Love Spell.
“A comical, thought-provoking YA novel for those who believe in the magic of love without all the hocus-pocus.” Kirkus Reviews *Selected to be in Kirkus Reviews (Magazine) Issue July 1st, 2015
“I haven’t read a story so compelling in such a long time… I’m recommending this without hesitation, best book I’ve read so far this year.” Elisa
“Kerick’s story is beautifully written, and the author’s intuitive understanding of the isolation and confusion that young adults who don’t fit into traditional gender or sexual orientation roles have to deal with — in addition to the usual turmoil of coming of age — gives the story an authentic and believable feel.” Readers’ Favorites, Jack Magnus
“This is a timely, hilarious book, targeted at teens who are questioning their gender identity and have feelings for the same sex.” US Review of Books, Caroline Blaha-Black
Journey through the perils of teen addiction and physical abuse with Lanny and Trevor.
“A compassionate look at the harrowing problem of addiction, anchored by strong characters and a message of hope.” Kirkus Reviews
“Mia Kerick’s young adult coming of age romance, Clean, is stunningly beautiful and perfectly paced as the two young men begin their processes of healing and self-discovery. I love this book.” Readers’ Favorites, Jack Magnus
“Kerick’s novel is a well-paced, well-written, and thoughtful approach to teen angst and the perils of drug and alcohol addiction… A compelling read, Clean adds Kerick to the likes of writers who challenge us to find the hidden humanity in others…” US Review of Books, Dylan Ward
“Sigh, young love! Merely saying that I loved this novel will not be enough. I stayed up all night to read it and find out what happens in the end… Ten shining stars for a new rising star!” Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorites
Fall in love against all odds with Casey, Nate, and Zander in Us Three.
“What a story. What a wonderful, beautiful story.” Breann, Boy Meets Boy Reviews
“I’ll need to collect my thoughts about this book and the message it contains, but while I do that, y’all go buy this, m’kay? And then make sure every high schooler reads this too.” Sandra, Booklikes
“Overall, Us Three is powerful, moving, thought provoking and flawlessly told story, and these boys will now and for always have a special place in my heart.” Tina
“This book will shatter you. Destroy you. Take your heart and have you weeping on the ground. Seriously, I had to stop and take a walk to finish. My husband was all worried something was seriously wrong, I just held up my kindle, ‘Only that the perfect book was written.’” GayListBook reviews
“Re-read. Just as good the second time. One of the most moving stories about bullying I’ve ever read… I have such huge amounts of LOVE for this book! It’s a truly heartwarming coming of age story.” Tess
Come To My Window
Gaze across the alley at a beautiful girl in the window with Justine in Come to My Window.
Here’s an excerpt:
This little peeking-at-each-other-through-the-window game has been going on for a hella long time now. Maybe it’s been too long for my mental health, but I hang onto the hope that it hasn’t yet lasted long enough. The thing is, lately it hasn’t seemed so much like a game as it did in the beginning. Cuz the look in her eyes over the past couple days tells me this has turned into something much more like serious business. As if maybe I’m some kinda lifeline.
Tonight she’s doing sit-ups. I hold the sit-ups record at my high school, but I’d say she’s blowing me away. I’m not exactly counting, but if I had to guess, I’d say that she’s done maybe a couple hundred. So, yeah, I’m impressed cuz that shit ain’t easy to pull off. And I’m also a little bit worried, cuz she isn’t what you’d call the girl-jock type. Not by a long shot.
I grab my sketchbook and open to an empty page.
How many sit-ups?
Like always, I write with my royal blue Sharpie, and press it to the wide picture window in my bedroom.
In the matching brownstone on the other side of the narrow alley, she moves to the center of her bedroom’s picture window, which is directly across from mine. With a flowered hand towel, she wipes her forehead, and then her flat belly that’s gotten a bit damp with sweat. And she shrugs. I can see her ribs poking out beneath her cut-off T-shirt.
I write again and then hold up another sign.
You did a lot—like maybe hundreds.
Her hair is long and silky and dark. I think I read somewhere that she’s Hispanic, but I know she’s the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen. I’d actually call her perfect. She tugs on the elastic that holds her hair in a high ponytail and the way her back arches as she does it is just so… so freaking awesome. That beautiful silky hair falls down all over her bony shoulders, and keeps on falling ‘til it’s nearly covering up her sort of sunken in chest—the sight of which makes me think about family shit I’d much rather forget. Then she shrugs again and that kinda brings me back to earth.
Kemina Lopez stands there and stares across the alley at me, her hollow dark eyes fixed on my face. She’s not smiling, but not really frowning either; what I notice most is her total lack of expression. And she has no idea that my name is Justine Laraby. But I know her name—everybody does. And though there’s nothing plain about her, we all know her as just plain “Kemina”—no last name necessary.
Not Broken, Just Bent
Test the strength of a childhood bond with Ben in Not Broken, Just Bent.
“Mia Kerick has a way with teenage boys. They are all the same, and yet each one is unique. Straight or gay, they see the world with a combination of needy anxiety (which they fight not to express) and stubborn resistance (which they express readily). Writing YA novels about gay teens needs a delicate hand, and Kerick seems to have it.” Ulysses Dietz
“Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! As my first Young Adult gay-themed story, I feel it has left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling and the need to read more, both YA gay themed stories and this author in particular. Did I shed a few tears? I did. But, in the end, it was well worth every gasp of lost breath, skipped heart beat and groan of emotion.” Kindle Customer
“This is a lovingly crafted, caring and honest character study that confirms the power of love to overcome adversity. And really, who can resist a good story with a happy ending?” A. Kane
“I love Mia Kerick’s writing, and this YA novel had all her hallmarks – realistic characters she made you feel for in a totally believable situation and setting. The issue of physical abuse and deprivation were sensitively tackled without hitting the reader over the head with it.” Elisa
Touch a soul through music and lyrics with Kai in Intervention.
“This book was really heavy for me. I’m not sure why it affected me the way it did. The abuse wasn’t the heaviest I have ever read and there weren’t any graphic scenes. But it shows how amazing this book is because it affected someone who doesn’t get affected very often. I found Jamie so real and raw. He was a broken shell who needed one person to show him kindness. He was like a lost little boy in so many ways and I just wanted to hug him and never let him go.
I can’t give this book any less than 5 stars. Kai and Jamie’s story is one that will stay with me for a long time. It was not an easy story to read, but I am not sorry I read it. This story wasn’t just about abuse but hope too. It was about fighting to make your life better and finding that person who will always be there for you no matter what.” Trisha Harrington
“It was gorgeous. I cried many tears, but they were all worth it. Kai’s voice is authentic throughout this book, written entirely in his limited POV, and thus we get treated to his inner monologue and see the growth he experiences, from being confused as to why he’s so intrigued by Jamie to starting to get it to really understanding that his job in Jamie’s recovery is not to lead the charge, but to be the uplifting wind under Jamie’s wings. At its core, this book describes a beautiful first love between the two boys who must overcome difficult obstacles to succeed.
Open your eyes to the world around you. Sometimes, all it takes is a good look at someone with different eyes, and a little intervention to help them along.
No man is an island. We’d do well to remember that.
And you can’t really know what anyone is going through until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Remember that too.” Sandra
“I can’t even begin to explain all the things that happen and why, you’ll just have to read it. It’s worth the money and all the tissues you’ll need.” Marieke
“This felt like a ‘quiet’ story, don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of emotions and music and art and interaction, but it felt mature, slow, a realistic development and well paced… I loved how the music and art played such a huge roll for these young men….This is a wonderful YA story. It is serious but also sweet and hopeful. The cover is amazing and the way art and music in all its forms are used to help tell the story was a highlight for me.” Mandy, Hearts on Fire Reviews
Explore the relationship between Christianity and sexual orientation with Anthony in Inclination.
Sixteen-year-old Anthony Duck-Yung Del Vecchio is a nice Catholic boy with a very big problem. And it’s not even the challenge of fitting in as the lone adopted South Korean in a close-knit family of Italian-Americans. Nor is it being the one introverted son in a family jam-packed with gregarious daughters. Anthony’s problem is far more serious—he is the only gay kid in Our Way, his church’s youth group. As a high school junior, Anthony has finally come to accept his sexual orientation, but he struggles to determine if a gay man can live as a faithful Christian. And as he faces his dilemma, there are complications. After confiding his gayness to his intolerant adult youth group leader, he’s asked to find a new organization with which to worship. He’s beaten up in the church parking lot by a fanatical teen. His former best pal bullies him in the locker room. His Catholic friends even stage an intervention to lead him back to the “right path.” Meanwhile, Anthony develops romantic feelings for David Gandy, an emo, out and proud junior at his high school, who seems to have all the answers about how someone can be gay and Christian, too.
“…This story is such a breath of fresh air from other young adult stories about young men figuring out or growing up gay. His family doesn’t toss him out. On the contrary, they do everything they can to help him figure this out. There is a bully or two, but you can’t hate them when you find out the reason they are lashing out as well.
Inclination is a beautifully written story of emotional growth and one I think many gay families should read.
If you are tired of all the angst-filled stories of young men tossed because they are gay or evil families and want a sweet emotional read full of love and understanding this is definitely one for you!” Cat
“If you are a teen who may think they’re gay and are experiencing the all-too-often rejection by churches and “godly” folks, this is for you.
If you are a Christian who feels that being gay is somehow wrong, this is for you.
If you are a parent of a gay Christian kid, this is for you.
If you are an ally of the LGBTQ youth in our world, this is for you. I highly recommend this book to all of the above, and then some!” JG Murphy
“If you know a young person (or any age for that matter) who is gay and who is trying to come to terms with what that means in their relationship with God, then this is a must read book. Honestly, I’d have to say that this is the most important story I’ve read on the subject to date.
I can tell that the author, Mia Kerick, has done extensive research of the Bible and I love how she gives a portion of scripture and then her character, David, explains what he feels God’s intent was as it pertains to His gay followers. I think she hit the nail right on the head. The God I grew up learning about in Catholic school loved everyone. Period.
This is a very moving story of a young man who is struggling to reconcile being gay while still being a Christian and serving the God he so dearly loves.
Beautifully done, Mia. I think every young gay Christian would benefit from reading this.” SandyM
A HARD DAY’s NIGHT
In the end, maybe all Fin and Lennon need is love.
High school senior Kalin (Lennon) Macready knows several facts for certain: John Lennon is his hero. Beaumont Finley Danforth (Fin) is his best friend. And—this is the complicated one—he feels more for Fin than mere friendship. For weeks, Lennon pesters Fin, who like Lennon admits to questioning his sexual orientation, for a commitment to spend twenty-four hours together exploring “the gay side of life.” Fin reluctantly agrees. Each boy will seek to answer the daunting question, Am I gay? Lennon pre-plans the day, filling the hours with what he assumes “gay life” is all about: shopping for fashionable clothing, indulging in lavish dessert crepes, boogying to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”, and yes, listening to show tunes. However, Lennon quickly realizes that in creating his plan he has succumbed to the most common and distorted of gay stereotypes. Can he be gay and not fit them? And more importantly, is it possible that spending one very hard day and night together will help Fin accept that he’s gay, too? If so, maybe Lennon has a shot at winning the heart of the boy of his dreams. “A Hard Day’s Night” is an amusing young adult contemporary romance about two boys who seek to discover if they must fulfill stereotypes to be together. In the end, maybe all you need is love.
SOUND OF SILENCE cowritten with Raine O’Tierney
Renzy Callen exists on the periphery of life, and not just because of the horrific childhood event that robbed him of the ability to speak. Walling himself off from the rest of the world as a means of protection, he occupies his time with art, music, and an obsession with self-help groups—whether he needs them or not. His isolation protects him, and he’s immune to drama and emotional games… or so he believes. Everything changes when he meets Seven and Morning Moreaux-Maddox, the wealthy, jet-setting siblings who move from a life of sophistication in Europe to humdrum Redcliff Hills, Missouri.
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