Pride 2021: LGBTQ+ YA Books

We continue celebrating pride month and today we're sharing LGBTQ+ Young Adult books. It is important to support diversity and help our queer friends in the bookish community feel seen, heard, and loved.


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Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee



Noah Ramirez thinks he's an expert on romance. He has to be for his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. There's just one problem--all the stories are fake. What started as the fantasies of a trans boy afraid to step out of the closet has grown into a beacon of hope for trans readers across the globe.

When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah's world unravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn't have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah's life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah's feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn't quite the same as finding love on the page.


We recommend this book to those who love charming storylines.


The Extraordinaries by Tj Klune




Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune's YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City's mightiest hero (and Nick's biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he'll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick's best friend (and maybe the love of his life).


We recommend this book to everyone who enjoys unexpected superhero novels.


Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli



Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy's latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren't so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson's friendship.


We recommend this book to those who love reading books about friendship.


Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales



Darcy Phillips:

- Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes--for a fee.

- Uses her power for good. Most of the time.

- Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.

- Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke...who is in love with someone else.

- Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89--out of which she's been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service--that's exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach--at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.


We recommend this book to those who love quirky characters and great storylines.


Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro



Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village's stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes. Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit. One night, Xo's wish is granted--in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town's murderous conqueror. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match... if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.


We recommend this book to everyone who loves a good dark fantasy book.