The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School

Finalist, National Book Awards 2022 for Young People's Literature

book cover for Sonora Reyes, The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School
ISBN 9780063060234
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers
author photo of Sonora Reyes (Photo credit: Nina Paz Photography)
Sonora Reyes

Sonora Reyes is a queer second-generation immigrant who attended a Catholic high school. They write fiction full of queer and Latinx characters in a variety of genres. More about this author >

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Sixteen-year-old Yamilet Flores prefers to be known for her killer eyeliner, not for being one of the only Mexican kids at her new, mostly white, very rich Catholic school. But at least here no one knows she’s gay, and Yami intends to keep it that way.

After being outed by her crush and ex-best friend before transferring to Slayton Catholic, Yami has new priorities: keep her brother out of trouble, make her mom proud, and, most importantly, don’t fall in love. Granted, she’s never been great at any of those things, but that’s a problem for Future Yami.

The thing is, it’s hard to fake being straight when Bo, the only openly queer girl at school, is so annoyingly perfect. And smart. And talented. And cute. So cute. Either way, Yami isn’t going to make the same mistake again. If word got back to her mom, she could face a lot worse than rejection. So she’ll have to start asking, WWSGD: What would a straight girl do?

Told in a captivating voice that is by turns hilarious, vulnerable, and searingly honest, The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School explores the joys and heartaches of living your full truth out loud.

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In The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School, Sonora Reyes spins a classic coming-of-age story with humor, specificity, and aching sincerity. Sixteen-year-old Yamilet Flores walks us through the nuances of her social and familial landscapes with wit and self-awareness, pierced by moments of disarming earnestness. Her world is filled with layered, three-dimensional characters, complex relationships, and genuine emotional growth. Reyes nimbly balances lightness with depth; playful banter and romantic chaos exist alongside rich explorations of religion, queerness, and cultural identity.


Sonora Reyes at the 2022 National Book Awards Finalist Reading