Look Both Ways
AUTHOR: Alison Cherry
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press
AWARDS: Bisexual Book Awards for Teen/Young Adult Fiction (2016)
A summer away from the city is the beginning of everything for Brooklyn Shepard. Her acting apprenticeship at the Allerdale Playhouse is a chance to prove that she can carve out a niche all her own, surrounded by people who don’t know anything about her or her family of superstar performers.
Brooklyn immediately hits it off with her roommate, Zoe, and soon their friendship turns into something more. Brooklyn wants to see herself as someone who’s open to everything and everyone, but as her feelings for Zoe intensify, so do her doubts. As she questions her sexuality, her role as an artist, and her place in her family, Brooklyn discovers that neither talent nor love are as straightforward as she thinks.
A main character (Brooklyn) questions her sexuality and considers attraction to people of multiple genders. The book has been widely criticized by bi/pan readers as it employs significant biphobia, malicious stereotypes, and dismissal, with [spoiler] Brooklyn deciding she was simply “straight and confused” at the end.
Paperback. Purchased used by the library with founder’s funds.