Sharing is caring, right? So what sort of person would I be if I didn’t share my favourite LGBT+ reads with you?! Not a very nice one, that’s for sure…
I’m always on the lookout for new LGBT+ reads, whether they’re focused on an LGBT+ character or feature them well within the pages. I would love to have more recommendations from you guys – but please enjoy my list of my favourite ones!
Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Simon. Simon, Simon, Simon. I LOVE Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Can I wait for the film? No, give it to me now! Simon VS follows the ups and downs of Simon himself, a closeted teenager who has been sharing something special with an email friend know only as Blue. When an email falls into the wrong hands, Simon ends up being blackmailed and his – and Blue’s – privacy is at risk. He has to deal with confusion, changes in his friendship group, and much more. Simon is such a good book, and I can’t wait to reread it and fall in love all over again.
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here is a book that deals with many different themes. OCD, parental ignorance, anxiety, descendants of Gods, teenage love, and the occasional chosen one thrown in. The LGBT rep in this book is done right – it’s not over the top and the character doesn’t become a ‘token’ of the LGBT+ community. It’s just part of who he is, and it’s not a big deal.
If I Was Your Girl
I cried at the end of this one. If I Was Your Girl tells the story of Amanda, and is told both in the present day and in flashbacks. Amanda is moving back to her hometown to start again; new school, new friends, and she is determined to stop people getting too close. Getting too close means finding out the truth. This book is beautiful, and we need more honest books about trans people because this was so damn good. Haven’t read it yet? Ask for it for Christmas and READ. IT.
The Art of Being Normal
Another brilliant book for trans rep, featuring both a trans male and trans female character. The Art Of Being Normal is one of those important books that will stay with you forever. David wants to be a girl – he knows deep down that his body doesn’t match his gender. David ends up befriending Leo, the new boy at school, and the two become close through their differences and similarities. I read it in practically one sitting and loved these brilliant characters.
Noah Can’t Even
Somebody hold me. PLEASE. Noah Can’t Even has been – by far – one of my favourite books this year. I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to go to the launch party and meet the author (Simon if you’re reading this, you are a STAR). The book focuses on Noah, unlucky in love and awkward as hell. When his best friend Harry kisses him at a party, Noah starts questioning his own feelings and thoughts on his identity – all while navigating the awkwardness of secondary school. Reading this book was an absolute riot – I laughed, I cringed, and I fell in love with two relatable characters.
George is such a great book. Short, but great. George wants to be the lead in the school play of Charlotte’s Web – she dreams of being such an important character and knows that she can do it. The only problem? On the outside, George is a boy, and the teacher won’t let a boy play the role of Charlotte. A fantastic tale of trust and friendship, which I loved. It was brilliant that George was able to rely on her best friend and for the ending to be happy.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. Seriously! There is so much perfect representation in this book! You’ve got Monty, an anxious bisexual boy in love with his best friend. Percy, said best friend who is gay, mixed race, and is also in love with Monty, and finally Felicity, who is just so damn cool and doesn’t take any of her brothers shit. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is full of adventure, excitement, pirates, and plenty of kisses. I urge you all to read it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my list! I’d love to hear from you if you’ve read any of these books yourself! Or perhaps you’ve not heard of some of them and want to add them to your own TBR?