Author explores the challenges of life in and outside gay teen relationships
Lyndsey D’Arcangelo believes that she can positively impact the world through writing. Her new book, The Education of Queenie McBride, is about how unexpected life experiences can change our worldview and cause us to grow in leaps and bounds.
The Education of Queenie McBride picks up the story where D’Arcangelo’s first book, The Trouble with Emily Dickinson, leaves off. The story once again brings together best friends JJ and Queenie, now as college freshmen.
Queenie comes from a wealthy family, so she's used to coasting through life. Over privileged and overconfident, she doesn't know what it's like for people who have to work hard to earn things. But when she meets Pudge, a homeless gay teen, her worldview begins to shift. And she gets a real-world education that extends far beyond the classroom.
Luckily, her best friend JJ is there to help keep her in line. With the help of Izzy, a strong-headed and beautiful social worker, Queenie somehow learns how to be there for Pudge, leave her old habits behind and become the person she’s always wanted to be.
Sometimes the most important education happens outside of the classroom. You can’t be there for others if you don’t take care of yourself.
D’Arcangelo writes with experience. Her stories are well-researched and grounded in reality.
“LGBT teen homelessness is a major problem, but it's not discussed in the mainstream media. I wanted to give the subject a voice, and I thought the best way to do that was to write about it.”
D’Arcangelo does a masterful job and strives to help people see the GLBT world through different eyes. The book is absent any sexual content and profanity and simply and clearly focuses on helping young GLBT people who are confused and still figuring out their relationships. She drives home the wonderful and important realization that we are all not that different from one another.
The Education of Queenie McBride
List $16.95 also available in Kindle edition
Paperback 224 pages
Publishing Syndicate (June 28, 2012)
The book is available at bookstores online and from the publisher at www.PublishingSyndicate.com
For more information visit www.lyndseydarcangelo.com
About the Author
Lyndsey D’Arcangelo is a freelance writer and an award-winning author from Buffalo, NY.
She graduated Randolph-Macon College in 2000 with a BA in Creative Writing and English. She has worked as a sports reporter, columnist, journalist, blogger, author, copywriter and web writer and developed knowledge and versatility to write for a variety of mediums. This is her third book. She writes for several magazines including Curve Magazine and is active in the education of gay teens, regularly speaking at high schools and doing interviews on radio. She and her wife live in Buffalo, New York. They have a brand new baby named Maggie.