So, as it’s Pride Month, I thought I’d do a list of 18 books that contain LGBT+ themes or are ownvoices to celebrate Pride 2018. The post ended up looking overwhelming, so I’ve split it up into six parts, each with 3 books in. I’ll post a new one every day until the end of Pride Month on Saturday.
Without further ado, let’s get started:
3 LGBT+ Books You Need To Read
- Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (features questioning and gay characters with own voices representation)
This is honestly one of the best LGBT+ YA books I’ve ever read. It features Ramona, an out and proud lesbian, but when her childhood friend returns to town, she begins to question her sexuality. I loved seeing a questioning character and Julie Murphy just discussed the fluidity of sexuality in such a brilliant way.
2. I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman (features gay and bisexual characters)
Alice Oseman consistently writes phenomenal, diverse YA. Her latest offering follows Angel Ahmadi, a super-fan of the pop-rock trio The Ark and Jimmy Kaga-Ricci, who is the frontman of the aforementioned band. The dual narration just works superbly and when the two characters are thrown together, the chaos that follows is just delightful to read. I Was Born For This has this simply fantastic discussion about mental health and sexuality, including the speech about stereotypes of bisexuality that just made me cheer out loud. You can tell that Oseman just gets it.
3. Skylarks by Karen Gregory (features gay characters and working-class representation)
This is just a joyous YA contemporary with a political edge to it. Skylarks is all about the power of knowing who you are and what you stand for, which is a brilliant message for young people today. The relationship within the book seems to grow naturally, which is refreshing to see, as a lot of YA relationships are insta-love. I think it’s perfect for a summer read that stands out from the crowd.