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8 Books to Celebrate National Coming Out Day!

Happy National Coming Out Day! We’re celebrating today with a few of our favorite LGBT+ voices in YA lit. From fantasy to contemporary to oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-stop-crying, we’ve got you covered!


1. Reign of the Fallen


“Those finished with life crave it less over time.”
― Sarah Glenn Marsh, Reign of the Fallen

Magic? Romance? Necromancers? A world where gender equality is the norm??

And did we even MENTION the awesome playlist that comes with this one?


2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda


“Sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.”
― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda


Okay, okay, we know you saw this coming but let’s be honest: you read the book. You saw the movie. You’re now looking for an excuse to read it again.

So, you’re welcome. This list is your excuse.


 3. I’ll Give You the Sun


“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”
― Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun


Artistic prose, unforgettably loveable characters, and a whole lot of happy tears. Promise.


4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson


“Some people have lives; some people have music.”
― John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson


 …We’ll just leave this one here in case you somehow haven’t read it yet.

(but P.S. seriously why haven’t you???)


5. Carry On

Carry On 

“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you.” 

― Rainbow Rowell, Carry On


Hey guys. Hey guys. Hey guys. Know what you get when you add Harry Potter, LGBT+ representation, and Vampires?

This book. You get this book.


6. My Most Excellent Year

my most excellent year

“. . . it’s not just the people we love, but the people we let love us back who show us how high we can really soar.”
― Steve Kluger, My Most Excellent Year

It’s like reading a hug.


7. They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End 

“Maybe it’s better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.”
― Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End


Basically, you’re going to cry. Hard.




8. The Brilliant Death

The Brilliant Death

“That night was the first time I’d ever used magic.

And just like that, the story changed.”

– Amy-Rose Capetta, The Brilliant Death


Ready? Okay, here’s your question: If you could turn your enemies into anything, from music boxes to a loaf of bread, what would you do?


Actually, let’s rephrase that.


If you could read a gender-fluid fantasy set in renaissance Italy featuring a badass protagonist who can turn enemies into anything from a music box to a loaf of bread, why on earth wouldn’t you? *deep breath*.


Mark your calendars! The Brilliant Death is out October 30th!!

Penguin Teen