Read with Pride: YA LGBTQIA+ Reading Recs

Read with Pride: YA LGBTQIA+ Reading Recs


Happy Pride Month, readers! Here at Bookish we believe there’s no better way to celebrate than by supporting LGBTQ+ authors and reading stories where queer characters are the heroes of their stories. Here we’ve rounded up some of our favorite YA novels that explore gender, sexuality, and romantic identity. We encourage readers to read work from these authors not just this month, but all year long. Join us in celebrating, and dive in!

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

We love all of Anna-Marie McLemore’s books, but this tale of the friendship and love between a transgender boy and a queer girl has a special place in our hearts.

The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin, illustrated by Noah Hayes

Charlie finds love, friendship, and more when her classmate Liv convinces her to join their university’s basketball team.

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

Mason Deaver’s debut novel follows Ben, a nonbinary queer teen, as they start over at a new school, find solace in therapy, and start to fall in love.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

One of our executive editor’s all-time favorites, this novel explores life and death through the eyes of two teen boys who learn they have less than 24 hours to live.

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

Do you swoon over hate-to-love romances? Meet Rachel and Sana—arch-nemeses forced to work together on Rachel’s senior project. It’s one of our must-reads of the summer!

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell

Historical fiction fans won’t want to miss this diverse collection of short stories featuring queer teens across a variety of decades and genres.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

When Suzette comes home from school she learns that her stepbrother has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As she gets closer to him, she finds herself forming a connection with the girl he likes.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Tanner Scott is an out bisexual teen whose family moves to Utah. He falls for his closeted Mormon writing class mentor.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Amanda Hardy moves to a new school and meets a cute boy, but she’s hiding the fact that she’s a trans girl and scared he’ll see her differently if he finds out.

Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta

This gender-bent retelling of Arthurian legends follows a pansexual Ari and a gay Merlin as they set out to destroy an opressive government. Oh and it’s set in space!

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender

Are you ready for an adorable bisexual rom-com? Nathan Bird doesn’t think happy endings exist outside of movies, but he’s about to change his mind when his childhood friend and crush comes back to town.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Lei has been chosen to be one of eight Paper girls to serve as the king’s consorts. She does the unthinkable by falling in love with one of the other girls, which threatens her world’s way of life.

Ash by Malinda Lo

Have you been hankering for a lesbian Cinderella retelling? Look no further. In Malinda Lo’s novel, Ash falls for the king’s huntress. Forbidden love ensues.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Tash is the romantic asexual heroine you’ve been waiting for. She’s the creator of an extremely popular web series, Unhappy Families, and is trying to balance her success with her personal life.

Black Wings Beating by Alex London

Your heart will be beating fast when you read this high-stakes fantasy novel. In a world where birds of prey are revered, Brysen and his sister go off to find a rare and powerful bird.

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

A biromantic asexual teen finds her summer plans interrupted when she meets a guy she can’t stop thinking about while working at the library.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

E.K. Johnston’s near-future tale transports readers to a world where couples are matched based on genetic compatibility. Three teens (Margaret, Helena, and August) consider bucking tradition to seek their own happy endings.

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Teo begins to fall for Cielo, her genderfluid tutor, while learning to control her magical abilities in this enchanting fantasy. Read an excerpt here!

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro’s powerful debut novel features a gay high school sophomore named Moss who stages a walkout in protest of the way his school unfairly targets black students.

Pantomime by Laura Lam

Laura Lam’s fantasy trilogy follows intersex teen Micah Grey, who joins the circus as an aerialist and uncover’s the big top’s dark secrets.

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Readers, meet Riley Cavanaugh, a genderfluid teenager just trying to fit in at a new school. Riley starts a blog to write about their experiences anonymously, but the blog gets more attention than they ever imagined.


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