Book Lists, Fiction, Graphic Novel, LGBTQ, Sci Fi/Fantasy

Read the Rainbow

Celebrate pride month with some of these books that feature LGBTQIA characters.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

In this follow up to Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (the book that the movie Love, Simon is based on), Leah deals with the uncertainties that follow senior year, changing friendships, and coming to terms with her feelings for someone who is more or less off limits.

What if It’s Us by Becky Alberatlli and Adam Silvera

Two boys have the quintessential meet cute in a post office in New York. When their first date(s) aren’t quite so rom-com perfect though they’re not so sure the universe is actually on their side.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Mara is close to her twin brother Owen, so when her best-friend accuses him of rape she’s not sure who to believe.

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Elliott can see the wall and on the other side is the Borderlands. There he can befriend elves, take classes in weaponry, and maybe have a chance to change the world.

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

Hazel and Mari meet in a church bingo hall in the 1960s and fall in love. Forced apart the meet again decades later … at bingo.

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

Dino’s ex-best-friend, July, is dead and his parents run the funeral home in town. When decides to pay his old friend a visit it turns out July isn’t as dead as everyone thinks (she’s also not quite alive).

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius is dealing with clinical depression and getting through high school. He’s visiting his grandparents in Iran for the summer and is expecting more of the same, until he meets the boy who lives next door.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

The follow up to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue follows Monty’s sister, Felicity, as she tries to find her way to a medical school that will accept her, but finds herself going on a request, with a mysterious woman, across Europe.

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

Jess is prepared for heartbreak when her best friend Angie falls in love with a girl from a local boarding school, but the stakes turn out to be much higher than anticipated.

Ship It by Britta Lundin

Claire writes a popular fiction for the show Demon Heart. Forest is an actor on Demon Heart, who much of Claire’s writing revolves around. Teamed together by the show’s PR team they find themselves at odds over whether or not Forest’s character is gay.

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Odessa can raise the dead. As one of Karthia’s master necromancers it’s her job to bring Nobles back, but the dead must remain shrouded or risk becoming a Shade – a zombie like monsters. As more Shades begin sprouting up in Karthia suspicion rises within the necromancer community and Odessa begins to doubt what her powers are for.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Each year eight are chosen as Paper Girls, concubines to serve the king, but this year there is a ninth, Lei and she proves to be more fire than paper.

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

Rufus is having a bad night. His ex, Sebastian has shown up “wanting to talk” and then his sister needs his help, dealing with the dead body of her boyfriend, who she swears she didn’t kill…

Runaways by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka

The Runaways are trying to discover the truth of their parents’ pasts, before it catches up to them.

Birthday by Meredith Russo

Eric and Morgan have been bonded since being born on the same day at the same time. Russo‘s book shows them once a year as they grow up, their relationship changes, and Morgan tries to live as her true self.

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

In this nonfiction work, Slater starts at the end, the day, gender nonconforming Sasha has their skirt set on fire on the 57 bus by Richard. From their she takes the reader back, to how Sasha’s and Richard’s stories put them on the bus that would change their lives.

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Best-friends Courtney and Jupiter are happy to welcome new girl Rae, but soon both them start to develop feelings for her – and Rae might like them both back.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Prince Sebastian has a secret, he likes to wear fabulous dresses and he employs dressmaker Frances to help him. Soon Lady Crystallia is dazzling Parisian society with her beautiful ensembles! Meanwhile though, Sebastian’s parents are working on arranging his marriage and Frances is worried she will never achieve her own greatness, if she has to remain Sebastian’s secret weapon.

Quiver by Julia Watts

Libby is the oldest of seven in a quiverfull family, maintaining a strict Evangelical lifestyle. Gender fluid Zo and her family just moved next door. Despite their differences Zo and Libby feel a connection and begin to develop a friendship, which seems doomed from the start, buy maybe not.

For more suggestions check out the American Library Association’s Rainbow Book Lists.

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