Layla Noor Landrum is a contributing writer at The Tufts Daily. She is a junior studying Engineering Psychology and English. Layla can be reached at [email protected]


The Book Nook: ‘Sizzle Reel’ is a sapphic, adult rom-com for late-bloomers

Carlyn Greenwald’s debut adult rom-com, “Sizzle Reel,” is a wholly refreshing and heartfelt sapphic fiction novel releasing next year from Penguin Random House. Set in the not-so-glamorous-as-it-seems world of Hollywood, Luna Roth is a Jewish aspiring cinematographer and talent manager’s assistant in her twenties — and she’s just realized she’s bisexual. Fresh out of a […]


The Book Nook: ‘Always the Almost’ is a beautiful story of queer, trans joy

Edward Underhill’s debut novel, “Always the Almost,” is a heartfelt and emotional young adult contemporary romance releasing next year from Macmillan. Midwestern pianist and high schooler Miles Jacobson has just come out as trans — the result of which is a strain on his relationship with his parents and his boyfriend, Shane, ending things with […]


The Book Nook: ‘How to Excavate a Heart’ is a Jewish, lesbian rom-com full of humor and warmth

Jake Maia Arlow’s debut young adult novel, “How to Excavate a Heart,” is a warm and tender lesbian rom-com released Nov. 1 from HarperCollins. A Jewish lesbian, Shani, plans to spend her winter break after her first semester of college studying fish fossils at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, not thinking about her […]


The Book Nook: ‘If Tomorrow Doesn’t Come’ is a story of queer love, hope and healing at the end of the world

Content warning: This column discusses suicide. Jen St. Jude’s debut novel, “If Tomorrow Doesn’t Come” (2023), is a gorgeously written and incredibly tender work of queer speculative young adult fiction being published next year by Bloomsbury Children’s. The protagonist, Avery, is suicidal. Her undiagnosed depression has pushed her to the brink, convincing her she has […]


The Book Nook: ‘Six Times We Almost Kissed’ explores romance and trauma

Tess Sharpe’s “Six Times We Almost Kissed (And One Time We Did)” (2023) is a poignant and expertly-plotted young adult contemporary romance novel releasing next year from publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.  Penny and Tate aren’t friends. Penny is anxious and hyper-organized whereas Tate is a quiet, competitive swimmer who can be found […]


The Book Nook: ‘Sofi and the Bone Song’: A spellbinding tale of music, self-discovery and love

Adrienne Tooley’s “Sofi and the Bone Song” (2022) is a beautifully crafted and heartfelt standalone young adult fantasy novel released this year from Simon and Schuster. It follows the titular character, Sofi, who longs to be a Musik like her father — one of a select few musicians in the country with a license to […]


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