2020 YA Books with LGBT Themes

This list is for 2020 books with gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender characters or themes. Books on this list must be published for the YA or middle grade market.

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message 1: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Wayward Son. According to Rainbow Rowell, this is now slated for an earlier 2019 release.


message 2: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed The Queen of Nothing, which got an earlier 2019 release.


message 3: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for the heads up! I removed that one.


message 4: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Reverie, which got an earlier 2019 release.


message 5: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Re-added The Madness Blooms. Looks like it's flipped back to 2020.


message 6: by Becca (new)

Becca I've moved Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé to the 2021 list - it was originally scheduled for 2020 but the author has confirmed on Twitter that it's moved back.


message 7: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks, Becca! I also removed the untitled Salazar Chronicles book, which looks like it got pushed to 2021.


message 8: by Pixel (new)

Pixel I am LIVING FOR THESE COVERS I AM CRYING.


message 9: by Rez (last edited Nov 26, 2019 04:19PM) (new)

Rez Delnava @Rainbowheart

I picked up a few of the books you were the sole voter on if you need room.


message 10: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks, Rez! That will come in handy. I'm always running out of votes, lol.


message 11: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Did some cleanup on this list and removed several pre-2020 releases, along with The Scavenger Hunt, The Passing Playbook, This Grave Curse, This Golden Flame, Girls at the Edge of the World, Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea, and The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester, which got pushed to 2021. Also deleted Rise as One, Stand as One, The Ghosts We Keep, and Last Night at the Telegraph Club, current release dates unknown.


message 12: by rachel ☾ (new)

rachel ☾ removed the watchermaker & the duke #2 (confirmed 2021 release)


message 13: by Eva (new)

Eva B. Red, White and Royal Blue is neither YA nor a 2020 release, but it's on here still


message 14: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for the heads up! I removed that one.


message 15: by Eva (new)

Eva B. No problem!


message 16: by Eléonore (new)

Eléonore The House in the Cerulean Sea appears twice.
Are we allowed to add YA books in other languages ?


message 17: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for the heads up! I actually removed The House in the Cerulean Sea because it's adult fiction, not YA.

You can add YA or middle grade books in other languages as long as the original publication date is 2020.


message 18: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Someone changed the title of my list, so I have changed it back. Please DO NOT change the title. This list is acceptable to have both fiction and non-fiction, and there is no need to put a keyword in the title.


message 19: by Ian (new)

Ian Comstock Le Berceau, by Julius Eks, needs to be removed. It's New Adult, not YA.


message 20: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for the heads up! I removed that one. I also deleted The Bright Lands, Sleepwater Static, and Pretty Dudes, which are clearly adult fiction, along with a few other pre-2020 releases.


message 21: by noah (last edited Dec 17, 2020 07:40PM) (new)

noah The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks, and Fragile Remedy are 2021 releases and Until You Came Back
by Jay Coles doesn't seem to be releasing anytime soon

Edit: I Wish You All The Best is on this list for some reason. it was published in 2019


message 22: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Thanks for the heads up, Noah. I removed those titles along with Middletown, Blackwater, Bad Habits, Tell No Tales, Wider Than the Sky, and Girls of Fate and Fury, which also got pushed to 2021. Also deleted From A to Z, which is a picture book, and The Madness Blooms, which got cancelled, plus some pre-2020 releases.


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