On this National Coming Out Day, we’re celebrating with books that highlight extraordinary LGBTQIA+ voices. Funny, heartbreaking, suspenseful, romantic – there’s a little something for everyone on this list, so scroll down on for 15 of our favorites!
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
16-year-old Solomon Reed is agoraphobic: He hasn’t left the house in three years, and that’s fine by him. And if he’s gay, so what? It’s not like he’s going to meet anyone anyway. Until Lisa Praytor shows up – and suddenly he has a friend. Two, really, if you count Lisa’s super cute boyfriend Clark. A funny, heartwarming story about the many ways we hide ourselves from the world – and how love and friendship can bring us back into the light.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
When a charismatic boy moves in across the street from Noah, a passionate artist, he finds himself falling fast and hard for his new neighbor, who seems to like him back. But when the two are separated, and tragedy strikes Noah’s family, Noah becomes a totally different person—at least, he pretends to be. You’ll fall for Noah as he rediscovers himself in this breathtaking, Printz Award-winning story of first love, loss, betrayal and forgiveness.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Since Marin left everything behind, Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her own life – and she’s the only one who knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel knows, but Marin will be forced to face everything she left behind when Mabel comes to visit. This book will make you want to reconnect with the people you love and leave you breathless.
Perfect Ten by L. Philips
Is there really such thing as a Perfect Ten? It’s been two years since Sam broke up with the single other eligible gay guy at school, so when his BFF suggests performing a love spell, Sam’s ready to try it out – he writes a list of ten traits he wants in a BF and burns it at midnight on Friday the 13th in a cemetery. This coming-of-age romcom with a hint of magic is sweeter than any ice cream you’ll eat this summer.
Perfect Ten comes out on June 6, preorder your copy here!
The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne
When Daisy’s bestie Hannah comes out just before the start of their junior year, Daisy can’t wait to prove what a great ally she can be, and immediately launches a crusade to lift their school’s ban on same-sex dates at dances. But Daisy learns the hard way that it’s not always her place to be the hero in someone else’s story.
Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum
The best way to kick of Pride Month? Study up on your history. This unflinching, heartbreaking, but ultimately hopeful exploration of the beginnings of the Gay Rights movement will transport you to a hot June night in 1969 when tensions boiled over, starting a riot triggered an explosive demand for equality, one that would not be silenced—no matter what the cost.
In this book we get to hear from one of our favorite fictional musical theater nerds. The irresistible, hilarious Tiny Cooper is out, proud, and has something to say, and no ex-boyfriends or homophobic coaches are going to stand in his way. Having first stolen our hearts in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Tiny finally takes center stage in his own story, written as the most fantastic musical ever produced!
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
Speaking of Tiny Cooper, read the book in which he made his debut with his best friend Will Grayson!
And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin
Five students at a private high school are brought together under mysterious circumstances: popular and kind Antoine; physically awkward Saralinda de la Flor, wealthy and arrogant Evangeline, the openly, defiantly gay transfer student Martha, and the brooding reclusive Caleb. Before they can figure out why they’ve been summoned, the roof of their meeting place collapses, and they just barely escape the catastrophe. Soon a second freak accident occurs and they piece together a shocking but plausible theory: that their parents are working together to kill them all.
And Then There Were Four comes out June 6th. Pre-order your copy here!
Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour
Emi, a gifted young production designer, is all set to have the summer of her life after her brother entrusts her with his Los Angeles apartment as a graduation gift. But despite her talents in the film industry, Emi hasn’t been able to design a love life that’s more than make-believe – until the discovery of a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend leads her to Ava, a beautiful girl with secrets of her own.
Half Bad by Sally Green
In a modern-day England where good witches and bad witches war against each other, Nathan is an abomination: he’s part good witch, part bad witch. At sixteen, he’s living in a cage—beaten, shackled, and trained to kill. His only hope for survival is to escape and find his father, Marcus, the most feared of all Black Witches, before he turns seventeen. Hunted and despised by both sides, he can’t trust anyone, not even the girl he loves—nor Gabriel, the Black Witch to whom he finds himself increasingly attracted.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Sometimes growing up can feel like the end of the world—especially when you’re sixteen and in love with two different people. Austin has equally deep feelings for his best friend and his girlfriend in Andrew Smith’s hilarious, intense, complex novel about a small town under siege by an unstoppable army of gigantic, hungry praying mantises.
Tumbling by Caela Carter
The Summer Olympics are just around the corner! Get into the spirit with this gripping story of five gymnasts competing to make Team USA. Meet Grace, Leigh, Camille, Wilhelmina, and Monica—each of them could be a star; each of them could say goodbye to their dreams forever. But only Leigh has a secret that could ruin everything.
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
Best friends T.C. and Augie enter ninth grade with the world all figured out—only to have first love throw them a curveball. T.C. falls hard for the pretty, sassy, Harvard-bound Al, while Augie comes to realize he has a crush on a boy. While T.C.’s feelings are clear as a bell, Augie’s are anything but—at least to him. This feel-good, rom-com of a novel is a perfect summer read.
Husky by Justin Sayre
Life is tough when you’re twelve. You’re just starting to figure out who you are—and all your friends are going through the same thing. For Davis, an opera-loving, possibly gay, possibly straight Brooklynite who people always seem to think of as “husky,” it can be difficult to see himself as anything else—especially when he’s not sure what the “else” is. But ultimately, Davis comes to realize that people are never just one thing—and that there will always be people who love him for who he is.
Proxy by Alex London
Syd’s life is not his own. As a proxy he must to pay for someone else’s crimes. When his patron Knox crashes a car and kills someone, Syd is branded and sentenced to death. The boys realize the only way to beat the system is to save each other so they flee. This book will give you a whole new definition of “thrill ride.”
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
A lavish fantasy with a surprising and breathtaking LGBT romance at its core, Reign of the Fallen is a gutsy, unpredictable read that will grab readers by the throat and never let go…. Coming Januaray 2018!