If you’ve ever searched for young adult books with gay protagonists, you’ve probably noticed a trend - a lot of them aren’t very happy. Even books with happy endings love to put you through an emotional wringer until the very last second. Don’t get me wrong, conflict is what drives a story. But how conflict is presented makes a hell of a difference. Sometimes you just want to laugh. So I present to you some of my favorite lighter gay/lesbian YA books.
I’m just so sick of straight people who can’t get their shit together.
Perhaps in thirty or forty years, when both my parents were in nursing homes and I was living hundreds of miles away from Beaver Lake, I might possibly be ready to tell another person that I was gay.
2) Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle, an older book but still relevant and painfully hilarious. The only one on this list that isn’t really a romance.
Straight people have it so much easier. They don’t understand. They can’t. There’s no such thing as openly straight.
3) Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, which I avoided for a long time because the title is terrible. That was a mistake on my part because this book (series actually) is brilliant.
God, stop that! She’s probably straight. I wish I had gaydar. I wish it were something you could pick up in a store.
4) Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
by Sara Farizan, another “don’t judge a book by its cover” situation. For a long time I avoided it because the cover looked overly dramatic and serious. It’s not. At all.
Mary Carlson chooses the same moment to lift her pinky, and ever so slightly touch mine. I can’t breathe. This is the weirdest fucking moment in my life, but I want to die in it. Like if God above decided this was it, I’d say, Take me.
He would marry a nice girl, maybe Sophie, maybe have a couple of kids one day, and not get divorced, or go AWOL. They would have money and a nice house. Neither he nor his wife would do a Beyoncé tribute act.
6) Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green, a novel that had me in stitches. Noah is a beautifully naive narrator.
Bonus, not pictured:
- Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg, a sequel to Openly Straight. The tone is a bit more serious though. - M or F? by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts, hilarious but there are dual protagonists, one female (straight) and one male (gay) which makes it technically not a perfect fit for this list but is still so funny I have to mention it.
So a couple of months back I asked… or more accurately complained about the overabundance of hetero-teen-love-triangles
So since then I’ve hunted through goodreads and my library for books with a little more variety, So here’s a few of the books I’ve come across, some I’ve read others are still on my to-read shelve, a few are recs from other people, but I think we could all use a few more books with queer characters