Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Mariposa Club - A Latino Gay Teen Book

By Rigoberto Gonzalez

"Mariposa" means butterfly in Spanish.

It's also a slang term for gay men in Latin America.

Originally it was derogatory, but the term is being claimed by some gay Latinos with pride - just as the word "queer" has been de-fanged over time and made into a term of empowerment.

But for Maui, it's a struggle to be Latino and gay. He does have some gay friends, and together the "fierce foursome" (Isaac, Trini, Liberace and Maui) try to form a GLBTQ alliance at their school.

But it turns out to be even tougher than they thought... Will they be able to make their idea of "The Mariposa Club" a reality?


Check out this review by Ryan over at the New York Public Library's Stuff For The Teen Age blog, where he says,
"For any teen looking for a good book about fun and friendship, I recommend The Mariposa Club."
Add your review of "The Mariposa Club in comments!

2 comments:

Jodie said...

My review: http://bookgazing.blogspot.com/2010/02/mariposa-club-rigoberto-gonzalez.html and a post about the cover issues with this book: http://bookgazing.blogspot.com/2010/02/cover-issues-mariposa-club.html

Lee Wind said...

Wow, Jodie - I'm so glad you brought up the issue of the cover! You're completely right, and I hope the publisher reconsiders.
Thanks for all you do,
Namaste,
Lee