PRIDE MONTH 2017 READING LIST
Looking for some YA books with queer main characters to read during pride month? Here’s a list of titles I’ve read and/or heard great things about. Most of these were published within the past year or so. Feel free to add on!
You Know Me Well by David Levithian and Nina LaCour
Two classmates, one gay and the other lesbian, meet during pride month in San Francisco and help each other through relationship problems.
Tell me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
Finally! A cute F/F novel where no lesbians die in the end! The main character is an Iranian American with traditional parents.
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Mystery/thriller about a closeted gay boy who’s girlfriend goes missing, and he becomes the focus of her disappearance. I can usually figure out what happened in mystery novels early on but this one had me guessing until the very last page.
The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie
Lesbian pirates and sea monsters. Need I say more?
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
This one’s like reading a modern day fairy tell starring a trans boy named Sam, who’s family immigrated from Pakistan, and a Latina girl named Miel who grows flowers out of her wrists. And there’s a glass coffin. It’s super creepy.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Y’all, this is set at SupaCon (like Comic Con!). There are two narrators. Charlie, an Asian movie star who is bisexual, and Taylor, a blogger who has ASP.
Radical by E.M. Kokie
This one’s a little darker. It’s about a butch lesbian doomsday prepper who accidently gets involved in a dangerous plot that could get her and her family into some serious trouble. I liked this book because Bex’s views about guns are completely different than mine. But that’s why we read, right? To learn about people who are different from you.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
This book was pitched to me as a fantasy book about a princess betrothed to a prince but she falls in love with his sister. It’s pretty good.
PS: Dear Mrs. Coulthurst, thank you for Chapter 34
10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
A f/f story set in Vancouver about a girl with anxiety who goes to live with her dad and falls in love with a musician.
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
Like Sarah Dessen? You’ll love How to Make a Wish! It’s about a girl, who’s bisexual, who falls in love with a biracial dancer. It’s part love story, part mother-daughter story and super amazing and emotional!
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Keep your tissues close. You’ll need them. Griffin’s ex-boyfriend, Theo, drowns and he’s left devastated. He grows close to Theo’s boyfriend, Jackson, who is one of the few people who knows what he’s going through.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Speaking of tissues, you’ll also need them for Nina LaCour’s latest YA/NA crossover. Marin is staying at school alone for Christmas holidays and her best friend Mabel comes to visit. It’s a tear jerker but also amazing and beautifully written.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
I’m gonna cheat with this one because the main character isn’t queer. BUT she has two moms, they’re a biracial couple, her twin sister is a lesbian, and the sister’s girlfriend is pansexual. And her moms’ wedding is a big part of the plot. Great book to read during pride month!
Dreadnought by April Daniels
Superhero novel with a main character who’s transgender and a lesbian. I’ve read this and heard mixed reviews but for the most part, it’s a good book if you like superheroes.
The Better to Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood
This is a f/f story that I’m not entirely sure how to categorize. It’s part paranormal romance, part mystery/thriller, but could also be NA. The love interest is a butch lesbian who’s a werewolf!
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Main character is a butch lesbian who comes from a traditional Portuguese family.
The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine
If you’re a Clexa shipper, you’ll love The Cursed Queen. A fantasy novel with a bisexual main character who falls in love with her chieftain’s daughter. You can’t help but fall in love with Ansa and Thrya. And the best part? No dead queer girls!