This has been a long time coming! All of the books on this list are ones that I have read personally and enjoyed enough to share here, and all have an lgbt+ protagonist or major character (although that identity isn’t necessarily a major plot point in all of these). List is ordered alphabetically by author for easy perusal when you’re at the library looking for new reads.
one man guy // michael barakiva | i am j // cris beam | beautiful music for ugly children // kirstin cronn-mills | the miseducation of cameron post // emily m. danforth | the difference between you and me // madeleine george | we are the ants // shaun david hutchinson | on the count of three (previously titled the bermudez triangle) // maureen johnson | run // kody keplinger | ask the passengers // a.s. king | everything leads to you // nina lacour | you know me well // nina lacour & david levithan | boy meets boy // david levithan | the song of achilles // madeline miller | shine // lauren myracle | i’ll give you the sun // jandy nelson | gracefully grayson // amy polonsky | aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe // benjamin alire sáenz | the raven boys // maggiestiefvater | as i descended // robin talley | lies we tell ourselves // robin talley | what we left behind // robin talley | highly illogical behavior // john corey whaley
I’m always on the lookout for new LGBT books still haven’t quite made the transition from YA to real grown-up books, so if you have any recommendations, please send them my way! Especially if they’re f/f books!