June is #PrideMonth! So, in honor of Pride Month I am sharing with you some of my favorite LGBTQIA reads that you should read if you haven’t already! Or.. re-read? Fine by me!
- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This is my favorite LGBT book, ever! It follows the internet relationship of Simon Spier and Blue, they met through Tumblr and the book is written in some of their emails which are adorable! The friends, family & relationship in this book is so great, I can’t express enough how much I love this book.
2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan & John Green – This is such a great book that features LGBTQ characters. The book starts off with Will Grayson (#1) and his online relationship which leads to him meeting another LGBT character. This book is hilarious, uplifting and you will love the characters. Also suggest the musical companion to this, Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper story by David Levithan
3. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley – This is one of my favorite books of the year, I highly recommend it. This book deals with Solomon Reed and his agoraphobia and severe panic attacks. He isn’t openly gay, but his family is supportive nonetheless.
4. Signs Point To Yes by Sandy Hall – Sandy Hall is one of my favorite contemporary authors and I just read this book last month. In terms of LGBTQ, there is Margot who is not openly bi-sexual. We see her in the stages of wanting to come out to her parents, who are very strict. This story is a great summer read, set in the summer with triple POV. Following Margot’s sister, Jane who picks up a summer babysitting job and becomes friendly with their brother. Great read with a bi-sexual character with a road trip involved! MY REVIEW.
5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – This is a book I will always recommend because it’s quirky and fun! In this story, Lola Nolan is the daughter of two fathers – Andy and Nathan. They’re so funny and great parents to Lola! We also see Lola’s love life!
6. Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This book is a classic in my opinion, it’s so great and forever one of my favorite books. We follow Charlie, who is a freshman in high school through letters he is sending to a hypothetical “friend” throughout his first year of high school. In this book, LGBT is incorporated so nicely and I loved it.
7. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin– Recently finished this last week and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I will be recommending this along with Simon forever. This is an excellent book about a gender fluid teen, Riley who has transferred to a new school due to severe bullying. Riley creates a blog that goes viral and Riley finds that as an outlet to the LGBTQIA community. I devoured this book and loved all of the LGBTQ aspects that are incorporated, it is definitely very educational and such a good read. Please, please go read this.