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World Book Day: 4 YA Queer Books We Love

Apr 23, 2018

  • For way too long, LGBTQ+ teens had to find parts of themselves in banned books or in subtle hints throughout time. Now, LGBTQ+ teens have books with out and proud characters. What a time to be alive. So, in honor of World Book Day, we’re rounding up some of our favorite queer YA books. Check ’em out!

    10 Things I Can See From Here Here by Carrie Mac

    In this book, we meet Maeve. She’s been struggling with anxiety and talks openly about the struggles of trying to manage it. Not only does this fantastic book cover two young queer women, but it also talks openly about mental health. The Starred review even called it, “A much needed mirror for anxious queer girls everywhere.” 

    How to Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

    After dealing with her unpredictable mother, Grace has given up on wishes. She’s exhausted and stressed. Well, that is until she meets Eva. A series of events brings them together and soon they realize they don’t want to be apart. This book touches on all the coming of age feelings while also giving respect to each character as they discover their own identities. Grace talks about her feelings as a bisexual teen and Eva, her love interest, talks about what it’s like to be both biracial and into women.

    Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

    Growing up in Euolgy, Mississippi isn’t easy for Ramona. She’s a lesbian who meets a boy and falls in love. It’s a good reminder of how fluid sexuality can be for some people and any teen who struggles with their identity can relate to what she goes through.

    Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

    In this book, we meet Suzette, who is black and Jewish. The last thing she wants to do is go back to New England for boarding school when all of her friends and family are in Los Angeles. Things get even more complicated when her and her brother fall in love with the same girl. You’ll just have to read it to find out what happens!

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