20 Great Queer Y.A. Books to Add to Your Reading List

20 Great Queer Y.A. Books to Add to Your Reading List

These stories — heartfelt family sagas, thrillers and everything in between — dive into the beauty, challenges and complexity of being queer today. June 15, 2023, 5:01 a.m. ET Looking to dive into a new queer young adult novel? We've got you covered! We asked 20 authors of queer Y.A. literature to recommend a queer Y.A. book that they love. The responses ranged from heartfelt family stories to electrifying thrillers, and everything in between. The one thing they have in common, though, is they all explore the beauty, challenges and complexity of being queer today. That means, no matter what kind of reader you are, we've got a recommendation for you. So without further ado, here are 20 queer Y.A. books to add to your reading list. Like a Love , by Abdi Nazemian In Madonna terms, this novel of an Iranian boy coming into his own as AIDS burns the world around him combines the heart-tug of “Live to Tell,” the self-discovery of “Express Yourself,” the romantic swoon of “True Blue” and the defiance of “Like a Prayer” into something that stays in your head a long time after you first experience it. —David Levithan, of “Boy Meets Boy” The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School , by Sonora Reyes I came to this book for the exploration of being closeted at a Catholic school; I stayed for the humor, the sincerity and the confident, punchy voice. — Casey McQuiston, author of “I Kissed Shara Wheeler” All That's Left in the World , by Erik J. Brown Set in a terrifying post-apocalyptic world, this is a tender, slow-burn queer romance that I love not only for its beautiful and thrilling scenes, but also for its unflinching and sometimes hilarious portrayal of guilt, trauma and what it means to hold onto hope. —F.T. Lukens, author of “Spell Bound” Gay Club! , by Simon James Green What starts as a battle for president of a school's L.G.B.T.Q.+ Club soon spirals into a free-for-all when the principal opens the election to the entire student body. I love this book […]

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