YA LGBT+ Romance Favorites

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YA LGBT+ Romance Favorites

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and YA has been a great place to find LGBTQ+ reads. This is a short list of some great pride reads that
 
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle might be the angriest teenager in Texas. Dante might be one of the smartest, or one of the weirdest, depending on who you ask. They’re both loners; at least they were loners until they met. As they spend more and more time together, they learn more about themselves, their families, and everything the universe has to offer.
 
Bonus: Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame narrates the audiobook.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Gabe is doing his best.  It’s just for everyone else, it was Elizabeth that was doing her best, and Gabe has “come out of nowhere”. But Gabe has always been Gabe even if nobody else wants to accept that. So to escape his well-meaning (but don’t quite get it) parents, and the crueler people he goes to school with, Gabe has his radio show, "Beautiful Music for Ugly Children".  As Gabe expresses himself through his show he hopes more people will understand that he is now living as he was always supposed to.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Paul probably goes to one of the most unconventional high schools ever. Cheerleaders are riding Harleys, and the Homecoming Queen is also the all-star quarterback named the Infinite Darlene. This is where Paul meets Noah, and Paul knows this is special. Until he blows it. With the help of his best friends Joni and Tony, Paul is going to try and get Noah back. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, once you start this book you won’t be able to put it down.
 
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Emi is getting her life together professionally, but romantically it’s a complete mess. She keeps going back to Morgan, even though she knows it’s a bad idea.  Her best friend Charlotte really knows it’s a bad idea and is not quiet about it. Morgan gets Emi an internship as a set designer for an indie movie, which gives Emi what she’s always wanted: she gets to be in charge and come up with her own designs for the movie. Her job leads her to an estate sale, which leads her to a mysterious letter, which leads her to Ava.
 
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jude and Noah are twins who shared everything, at least until their mother died when they were 13and left everything in pieces. At 13, Noah was drawing and falling for the boy next door and Jude was cliff-diving. Fast forward three years and Noah is sneaking out and keeping secrets from Jude while she tries to save her family. Beautifully written, Jandy Nelson manages to make you feel *all the feelings* with her brilliant writing.  

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Etta feels like she isn’t enough. She isn’t straight enough for her high school, but not gay enough for her former friends. (That ‘B’ is there for a reason, y’all!) She also isn’t thin enough for ballet, which gave her food issues, but now her eating disorders group doesn’t think that she’s sick enough. It’s enough to make a girl want to find a way out. Brentwood, a performing arts high school seems to be the answer to her problems. And it doesn’t hurt that Bianca, a girl in Etta’s therapy group is trying out too. Can Etta and Bianca be there for each other if they both are still so damaged? 
 
Tell me again how a crush should feel by Sarah Farizan
Leila is a junior in high school without getting a crush on anybody else. At least until Saskia showed up at school. There’s a little problem: nobody knows Leila likes girls, which is what she wants since her Persian heritage makes it hard to stay under the radar. She also doesn’t want to come out to her family. But Saskia makes Leila want to take risks that she never would have before. She tries out for the play, makes new friends, and seems to be resurrecting an old friendship with Lisa, one of the most popular girls in school. If you want your romances to also have fart jokes, then this book is definitely for you.