18 Books For Pride 2018 Part 2

Time for Part 2 of my Pride Month Recommendations, where I’m celebrating 18 LGBT+ books over 6 days to mark Pride Month 2018.

In case you missed Part 1, here’s a handy link to catch you up:

Part 1

Now, let’s start with today’s 3 Pride recommendations:

3 LGBT+ Books You Need To Read

 

 

4. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (featuring a gender fluid protagonist)

This was the first ever book that I’ve read that had a gender fluid protagonist and it helped educate me as to what gender fluidity is like. I had previously heard of gender fluidity, but I don’t know anyone who is gender fluid, so this book provided me with a new understanding of the world. The whole discussion around gender really resonated with me and Riley as a character was darkly humorous at times and heartbreakingly devastating at others. It’s very much a character-driven book, so if you’re looking for some representation that isn’t often included in YA and a detailed, emotional character-driven book, then Symptoms is the book for you.

Find out more about Symptoms of Being Human here

5. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed (features a queer protagonist and trans and gay side characters)

Easily one of my favourite books I read in 2017 and there was some fierce competition in there. It’s one of those books that just stays with you. The Nowhere Girls discusses rape culture and intersectional feminism in such a deep and nuanced way, with three memorable and diverse protagonists. There’s Grace, the self-proclaimed “fat girl”, Rosina, a queer Latinx queen and Erin, the sarcastically smart one who just happens to have Aspergers. For me though, it’s the US chapters that focus on the viewpoints of different girls from around the town that stand out the most. In those, we have a closed trans girl, a conservative girl and a black girl all questioning where they fit in feminism. Having that discussion within a novel is so powerful and necessary, as feminism must become intersectional.

Find out more about The Nowhere Girls here

6. The Weight Of A Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan

I recently read this book, based off the recommendation of my friend Amy and just fell in love with it. The writing just felt so raw and real, so I just connected with the characters. To be perfectly honest, this book devastated me. I wasn’t expecting the questioning and gay representation, which was a welcome bonus to a wonderfully crafted and poignant story. Conaghan has great form as well, since I’ve previously read and really enjoyed his Carnegie-nominated book, which is darkly hilarious and heart-warming, When Mr. Dog Bites. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

Find out more about The Weight of A Thousand Feathers

Read Amy’s review here

That’s my three recommendations for today, but please comment down below what LGBT+ YA reads you’d recommend.

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