A new book by popular author John Green features an openly LGBTI character.
Turtles All The Way Day came out 10 October.
The story follows 16-year-old Aza Holmes as she looks to solve a mystery.
We are introduced to Aza’s best friend Daisy Ramirez in the first chapter.
The characters are on their lunch break during school.
Aza’s mind is wondering when Daisy attempts to talk to her.
Then Daisy makes a comment about the people she dates.
“‘Holmesy,’ Daisy said. I looked up at her. ‘We’re almost through lunch and you haven’t mentioned my hair.’
She shook out her hair, with so-red-they-were-pink highlights. Right. She’d dyed her hair.
I swum up out of the depths and said, ‘It’s bold.’
‘I know, right? It says “Ladies and gentlemen and also people who do not identify as ladies and gentlemen, Daisy Ramirez won’t break her promises but she will break your heart.”‘
Daisy’s self-proclaimed life motto was ‘Break Hearts, Not Promises.’
She kept threatening to get it tattooed on her ankle when she turned eighteen.”
‘Gay characters are not a commercial liability’
This is John Green’s first solo-written book since The Fault in Our Stars in 2012.
His books have featured LGBTI characters before.
In 2010, his book Will Grayson, Will Grayson saw one of the two main characters come to terms with being gay.
John Green wrote this book with David Levithan.
This book went on to be the first young adult fiction with gay themes to debut on the New York Times children’s best-seller list.
Green told the AP: ‘Landing as high on The New York Times list as we did with `Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ made a big statement to the children’s publishing world that gay characters are not a commercial liability.’
He has won 6 awards for his books, including the Michael L. Printz Award in 2006.