28 Beloved YA Books to Read for Pride Month

Posted by Marie on June 10, 2019
In honor of Pride Month, we took a look at our readers' favorite young adult LGBTQ books from the last ten years.

Among the popular and award-winning titles with LGBTQ leads are John Green and David Levithan's Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Mark Oshiro's Anger Is a Gift. Not only do these stories reflect a spectrum of identities and experiences, but they also show how the young adult category continues to grow more inclusive each year.

Don't forget to add what catches your eye to your Want to Read shelf and share your recommendations in the comments!


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Which YA book would you recommend for Pride Month? Tell us in the comments!

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message 1: by Steph (new)

Steph I also recommend Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz, anything by RoAnna Sylver, The Abyss Surrounds Us duology by Emily Skrutskie, and Ice Massacre trilogy by Tiana Warner.

Happy pride! :D


message 2: by kotonamichan (new)

kotonamichan I recommend Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Happy pride ^-^


message 3: by Kaitee (new)

Kaitee Yu I'm so happy that Laura Lam's Pantomime is in this list. That book changed my life.


message 4: by Night (new)

Night Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is one of my all time favourite books. Its so beautifully written and the emotions are so real and raw. I need to reread it sometime soon. Its awesome.


message 5: by Tessa1316 (new)

Tessa1316 Call me by your name is amazing as well!🏳️‍🌈


message 6: by Stacey (last edited Jun 10, 2019 04:49AM) (new)

Stacey Red, White and Royal Blue deserves the Hype.
Openly Straight and its sequel Honestly Ben (Among the best and don't get enough recognition)
The Summer of Jodi Perez
Autoboyography

Memoirs: Mama's Boy by Lance Dustin Black really affected me. How he fought his coming out due to his religious family and upbringing and brought new understanding to his Mama was BEAUTIFUL.


message 7: by Em (new)

Em The Reading Challenge Challenge I'd also recommend:
Heartstopper: Volume One for bi/mlm rep (and which has a 2nd volume coming out next month)
Let's Talk About Love for asexual rep
Summer Bird Blue for aromantic/asexual rep
Birthday for trans rep
there's heaps more stuff - more recent stuff - than what's in this article so defs go have a scout around the LGBT+ lists on here :)


message 8: by Billie (last edited Jun 10, 2019 05:55AM) (new)

Billie Taylor I love Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and What if it's Us which are on this list they are both so beautiful! I would also recommend Undone by Cat Clarke, which is about a gay character. It is one of my all time favourite books!


message 9: by Shaye (new)

Shaye All For the Game by Nora Sakavic is great. Definitely check for trigger warnings but it’s one of my absolute favorite quick reads.
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller as well. My absolute favorite of all time.


message 10: by Ashleigh (new)

Ashleigh Heartstopper is also a great LGBTQ YA book! Great if you want a illustrated / manga feel book!


message 12: by Billie (new)

Billie Taylor Rida wrote: "I'd also recommend:
More Happy Than Not and everything Adam Silvera
Down Among the Sticks and Bones
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
[book:We Are the A..."



- All of Adam Silvera's books are stunning! If you're into his lgbt+ I would highly recommend What If It's Us which is shown above. If you like his work you should try Cat Clarke's books - I love them so much xx


message 13: by Brian (new)

Brian Matthews The God Box by Alex Sanchez is a wonderful read for anyone, but particularly for young adults (or older ones) who are interested in the intersection of religions (specifically Christianity in this novel) and being a member of the LGBT community.


message 14: by Elise (new)

Elise Some great stuff on here, though I can't believe nothing by Ashley Herring Blake made this list!


message 15: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Thomas Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan! Great quick read.


message 16: by E. (new)


message 17: by Louise (last edited Jun 10, 2019 08:42AM) (new)

Louise Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz


message 18: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Lindsay I third the Heartstopper comic! Vol. 2 is coming in July, I've read everything available online and support Alice Oseman on Patreon because I love it so much ❤ also her books have great LGBT+ characters too 😊


message 19: by Robyn (new)

Robyn I don't read much YA, but it's much easier to find queer/trans representation in it than my preferred genre (speculative/science fiction). In fact, YA seems to have had an explosion of QT rep. Would any of these be suitable for someone with a low tolerance for... YA-ness?


message 20: by Pie (last edited Jun 10, 2019 10:39AM) (new)

Pie I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver non-binary main and written by a non-binary author


message 21: by Leon (new)

Leon Missing: The lovely "Something like...." series by Jay Bell:

Something Like Summer (Something Like, #1) by Jay Bell


message 22: by E. (new)

E. Robyn wrote: "I don't read much YA, but it's much easier to find queer/trans representation in it than my preferred genre (speculative/science fiction). In fact, YA seems to have had an explosion of QT rep. Woul..."

The Brilliant Death seemed closer to NA to me? It has two genderfluid mains.
I know more fantasy than sci-fi but what comes to my head beyond YA is Yoon Ha Lee, This Is How You Lose the Time War, A Song for a New Day, In Ageless Sleep, On A Sunbeam: A Webcomic, The Girls From Alcyone, Gunrunners, Né łe!, Ardulum: First Don
I haven't read all of them because in the end I just opened my TBR but I don't read much sci-fi so I'm pretty picky with them and they should be at least better than average?


message 23: by Bianca (theperksofbeingbianca) (last edited Jun 10, 2019 11:39AM) (new)

Bianca (theperksofbeingbianca) EVERYTHING ALICE OSEMAN

Solitaire by Alice Oseman Radio Silence by Alice Oseman I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman Heartstopper Volume One (Heartstopper, #1) by Alice Oseman


message 24: by Simon (new)

Simon Cosier Kaitee wrote: "I'm so happy that Laura Lam's Pantomime is in this list. That book changed my life."

Same!


message 25: by Sammy (new)

Sammy Tessa1316 wrote: "Call me by your name is amazing as well!🏳️‍🌈"
Yup, but not YA


message 26: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Carpentier I really liked Leah in the Offbeat, the sequel to Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, And I Darken/The Conqueror’s Saga, and Hamilton’s Battalion: A Trio of Romances.


message 27: by noah (new)

noah Like a Love Story and Birthday are my top favs of the year so far for lgbt ya releases! check them out!


message 28: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Croft Ive read 8 of these. Really want to read Prince and the dressmaker too


message 29: by Mei (new)

Mei I'd also have to recommend The Song of Achilles!! It's definitely one of my favorite books and one I think about a lot! :) Also Hero which is favorite that I didn't expect :0 For genderqueer recommendations it'd have to be Symptoms of Being Human. I also loved More Happy Than Not which made me very sad because...oof that book...

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Hero by Perry Moore Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera


message 30: by Brian (new)

Brian Any of Chase Potter's YA books, but especially The Music of the Spheres.


message 31: by Nitya (new)

Nitya Bloom!! It’s a graphic novel and has an adorable m/m romance

Avoid Rainbow Rowell tho, she’s a racist creep


message 32: by Nitya (new)

Nitya The Prince and the Dressmaker is fantastic too <3333


message 33: by iloveu3000 (new)

iloveu3000 I would also recommend "The Art of Being Normal" for transgender representation.


message 34: by Robyn (new)

Robyn E. wrote: "Robyn wrote: "I don't read much YA, but it's much easier to find queer/trans representation in it than my preferred genre (speculative/science fiction). In fact, YA seems to have had an explosion o..."

Thank you!! I have a couple on my TBR already, which bodes well for the rest.


message 35: by Maddy (new)

Maddy All of the titles that I've read so far from this list have been 4 or 5 stars for me. I would suggest all of them!


message 36: by Nannah (new)

Nannah Tessa1316 wrote: "Call me by your name is amazing as well!🏳️‍🌈"

(uncomfy face) ... i think during pride month ppl should promote lgbt books/movies that DON'T involve any pedophilic relationships or unhealthy relationships. bc this stereotype has to stop!


message 37: by K8 (new)

K8 Nitya wrote: "Bloom!! It’s a graphic novel and has an adorable m/m romance

Avoid Rainbow Rowell tho, she’s a racist creep"


I see her rec'd a lot, but never read her. May I ask what happened?


message 38: by Tanya (new)

Tanya I would also suggest Rainbow Boys (Rainbow Trilogy, #1) by Alex Sanchez Rainbow High (Rainbow Trilogy, #2) by Alex Sanchez and Rainbow Road (Rainbow Trilogy, #3) by Alex Sanchez


message 39: by Alex (new)

Alex I'm glad to see several of my favorite books on here. In Other Lands was amazing and I really need to reread it and Simon vs. this month. Especially Simon since it's the book that helped me to come out to my parents.


message 40: by ꒒꒰꒦꒐ (new)

꒒꒰꒦꒐ I'm picky when it comes to teen lit. The only titles I've given 5 stars to are:

I Am J - FTM transgender main character
The Love Interest - M/M romance
Dreadnought - MTF transgender character, also superheroes, has one sequel out and Daniels is working on #3


message 41: by Lauren (new)

Lauren You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman was a fantastic YA novel with themes about LGBTQ+ and academic pressures. Highly recommend 👍🏻


message 42: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Em wrote: "I'd also recommend:
Heartstopper: Volume One for bi/mlm rep (and which has a 2nd volume coming out next month)
Let's Talk About Love for asexual rep
[book:Summer Bir..."


Thanks for the rec! Always on the prowl for ace rep and I'd never heard of the Summer Bird one


message 43: by Bookworm (new)

Bookworm Girl (Sara) kotonamichan wrote: "I recommend Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Happy pride ^-^"


I loved that book too!! Totally recommend.


message 44: by Emma (new)

Emma i just can´t believe among all these crazy good books, call me by your name is not on this list. it´s a stunning book that will ruin your life in the best way possible!


message 45: by Emma (new)

Emma Brian wrote: "Any of Chase Potter's YA books, but especially The Music of the Spheres."
haha why is rowell a racist creep? never heard something about her and racism..


message 46: by Mariana (new)

Mariana Can anyone recommend a book with a bisexual main girl character, please?


message 47: by enchatedfire (new)

enchatedfire Mariana wrote: "Can anyone recommend a book with a bisexual main girl character, please?"

The Truth About Keeping Secrets Leah on the Offbeat


message 48: by Mariana (new)

Mariana enchatedfire wrote: "Mariana wrote: "Can anyone recommend a book with a bisexual main girl character, please?"

The Truth About Keeping Secrets Leah on the Offbeat"


Thank you!


Lauren (Shooting Stars Mag) Becker Mariana wrote: "Can anyone recommend a book with a bisexual main girl character, please?"

Also - Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz


message 50: by E. (new)

E. Mariana wrote: "Can anyone recommend a book with a bisexual main girl character, please?"

I just read Finding Aurora! It's short but sweet :)


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