Book Lists, LGBTQ

Rainbow Reads

June is Pride month! To celebrate check out some of these titles feature LGBTQ+ characters.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon has been anonymously emailing with Blue (who is a guy from his high school, but that’s all he knows) for months. When another student finds out about it and decides to blackmail him he’s faced with not only coming out to his friends and family, but also with the possibility of losing Blue (who he’s pretty sure he’s falling in love with).

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

Set in the 1990s, Cameron’s parents decide to send her to gay conversion therapy.

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Sahar and Nasrin have been in love with each other for years. However, they live in Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death. When Nasrin’s parents announce her arranged marriage, Sahar comes up with her own plan.

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

Lily knows she’s a girl, but is frustrated because she still looks like a boy. Dunkin has just moved to town and is dealing with bipolar disorder and a secret that he’s trying to avoid. And then Lily and Dunkin meet…

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Rafe is tired of being known as the “gay kid,” so when he starts at a new school he decides to avoid discussion of his sexuality. When he starts to make real friends (and develop feelings for one), denying who is begins to have consequences.

Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings

Jazz has spent much of her life in the public eye. Transitioning to life as a girl at a young age she was interviewed by Barbara Walters and continues to  share her life and her stories publicly.

You Know Me Well  by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

Mark and Katie have “known” each other for years, but they don’t really get to know each other until they meet up during Pride Week and bond over unrequited love.

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Ramona is the responsible one in her family, that is still struggling to make ends meet in a town that is still recovering more than a decade post Hurricane Katrina. With an older sister who’s pregnant and still reeling from her breakup with her latest girlfriend she’s happy to have her childhood friend Freddie back in town. But when she begins to see Freddie as more than a friend she’s left questioning what she thought she knew about herself.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

When Aristotle and Dante meet at the local pool there’s a bit of serendipity to it, what with their philosophical names and all. While on the surface it first appears they don’t have much in common they develop a friendship that will impact the rest of their lives.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Aaron would like to forget. Forget the pain of his father’s suicide and his own failed attempt. Then he meets Thomas and begins to piece himself back together. But when the Leteo Institute comes out with a procedure that can alter his memories, will Aaron decide that forgetting is better?


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