Neither Very Bi Nor Particularly Sexual: The Essence of the Bisexual in Young Adult Literature

  title={Neither Very Bi Nor Particularly Sexual: The Essence of the Bisexual in Young Adult Literature},
  author={Bonnie Kneen},
  journal={Children's Literature in Education},
  • Bonnie Kneen
  • Published 1 December 2015
  • Art
  • Children's Literature in Education
This article examines four prominent young adult novels about bisexual protagonists: Julie Anne Peters’s It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) (2012), Brent Hartinger’s Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies (2007), Lili Wilkinson’s Pink (2009), and Sara Ryan’s Empress of the World (2001). Defining bisexuality in terms of gender-plural sexual desire, it argues that narratives about bisexuals may impose essentializing identities, which… 
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