We’ve been planning this post a while with a publication day of today. In light of recent events near in Orlando, we decided it was important to publish this list and to continue to celebrate Pride Month. Because one thing we’ve learned from recent events is that we need empathy and love in large doses. All the books that made our LGBTQA list are full of that and so very much more.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon vs. isn’t may not be the only unintended-coming-out book, but it’s our favorite. Albertalli manages to create a character who is faceted, funny, clever and and in a situation that is true to life. If you’ve already read the book, try the audiobook for a re-read. Narrator Micheal Crouch IS Simon!
Carry On By Rainbow Rowell
Ever wonder what it would be like if Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy were frienemies who might just have the hots for each other? Rowell answer that inquiry is her über-meta fanfic turned stand alone novel, Carry On. This clever genre bender is a must read for Harry Potter fans who imagined ther might have been something more going on than just good vs. evil between Malfoy and The Boy Who Lived.
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Humor gets top billing in Federle’s YA debut. After the loss of his sister/film partner, Quinn Roberts must figure out how to be himself without his best friend. Told over just one week we see Quinn emerge from a cocoon of grief, redefine himself and maybe even fall in love. Despite the heavy subject matter, this book is all about the LOLs. The audiobook is narrated by Federle so it’s pitch perfect!
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Solomon hasn’t left his house in 3 years. He’s totally fine with it, but ambitious Lisa wants to fix him (and get into the 2nd best psychiatry program in the country). With a friendship built on dubious intentions, Solomon begins opening up for the first time in years and the walls he’s built up (dare I say a closet) begin tumbling down. This is a charming coming out story with a sci-fi twist you won’t want to miss.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
This is a book about the ones that aren’t Chosen Ones, but, instead, choose to be champions of their own friends and family. The apocalypse is happening, but that’s the periphery of the story. At it’s heart is Mikey, a sensitive teen who has made his friends his chosen family, who will stand by and defend them. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time and you won’t be sorry picking this one up, especially if you’re an Ally.
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
In Jandy Nelson’s Printz Award winning novel we see love in full color. Told from the POV of Noah and his twin sister Jude, I’ll Give You The Sun shows how passion, courage and forgiveness can come together to remake the world. A coming of age/coming out story for everyone.
Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat
In a major reversal of fortunes, Prince Damen is stripped of his identity and forced to serve as a pleasure slave for Prince Laurent, the heir to a rival nation. Can one boy born of royalty serve another? Can they serve each other? Read this steamy trilogy and find out.
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Extraordinary Means is not a book about coming out or being outed or even first LGBT love. This is the story about sick kids who might get better…or not. This is a story about living your life in pause, not knowing if and when you’ll be able to press play again. Although some of these kids will fade out altogether, some of them won’t and what they learn from each other will change them forever.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Mired in grief over his father’s suicide and sporting a mysterious smiley face scar, Aaron holds on tightly to his girlfriend and mother to see him through the darkness. But his newfound friendship with Thomas when his girlfriend, Genevieve, is out of town pits him against his lifetime gaggle of neighborhood friends so he begins considering options, such as Leteo’s revolutionary memory-erasing operation. A little ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ mixed with the Bronx realness. This book will leave you with a tremendous book hangover.
We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Aliens are going to end the world in just 144 and one boy can stop it…. if he wants to. Life hasn’t been easy for Henry and the end of the world might actually be something to look forward to. But 144 days is a long time and anything can happen. With alien abduction, crushes, mental illness and depression, this is a book that truly defies genres.
Featured image photo credit goes to Kate Moroney.
~Carmen & Ann-Eliza