One thing I wish I had more of when I was growing up was LGBTQ Books. I loved to read, especially YA novels, and to not have that diversity really bums me out. Now I have such a great collection of books that include, or are based, on LGBTQ protagonists. If you’re looking for some diversity in your reading, give these a go:
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
This novel has recently been made into a film (with a great reception) but if you’re into reading your books before viewing their film counterparts, then you should definitley give this book a read. The plot is about a summer romance on the Italian Riviera. The protagonistsat first pretend as though they’re not interested in each other, but as the week go on it becomes far too intense for them both to ignore. This book has a great vulnerabitlity and lovliness to it.
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
I really wish I had read this when I was younger. I imagine this for me would be the equivalent of TV’s Sugar Rush. The book is about two teenage friends who fall in despite, despite the pressures of school and family life. This book took a lot of courage to write, and I feel like I can actually read that in between the lines.
My Lesbian Experience with Lonliness by Kabi Nagata
I’ve recently finished this manga, and it’s such a good read! If you’re not used to manga, this may confuse you. But it reads like this: back page to first, right to left. There are instructions on the front (back?) page if you’re still unsure on how to read these books. The novel is about a young girl coming to terms with her sexuality and depression. It’s a great read, especially as an understand of Japanese culture as well. This is an autobiography, and I really love how much effort and thought was put into this publication. Plus, it’s pink, so of course I love it.
We Are Okay by Nina LeCour
This book reads as though you’re caught up in the protagonist’s mind. I really like it, because it’s not entirely plot driven and you can feel what Marin is feeling. The plot follows Marin as she leaves her old life behind on the California coast. This book has lesbain themes along with lonliness and isolation.
Lies we Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
With themes of violence and race, this novel tracks two young girls in 1959 Virginia. Sarah and Linda are on different sides of the civil rights movement, both racially and politcally. When they are forced to work together on a project for school, the two confront the issues of race, school, power and ultimately, their feelings toward each other.
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
This a great book with themes of gayness and high school bitchiness. When Paul meets Noah, he thinks that’s it – he’s found the one. However, it all goes wrong. A great romantic comedy if you’re after somethig light hearted this year.