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Ben's story, one of the first nonbinary characters, clenches at the heart and has helped paved the way for many trans and nonbinary stories today.
A celebratory romance where the Black queer girl, Liz Lighty, gets to be the winner for once. A masterpiece in voice and feel-good vibes!
Alice navigates her identities as a biromantic asexual Black woman as she develops a crush in college in a powerful and informative and swoon-worthy story.
Shy Codi gets to break out of her shell in a breezy yet emotional romance that tugs at the heart. I'm sure a lot of readers (myself included) will relate to the feeling of being late to the party!
Wes falls for his secret crush, Nico, in this unfolding summer romance with a fantastic cast of characters and great geeky vibes. The voice really grabs the reader and Julian's characters always feel like people I might actually know in real life.
Nishat and Flávia are in a childhood-friends-to-rivals-to-lovers romance that hits the sweet spot of many favourite beloved tropes while also discussing important topics like racism and cultural appropriation.
A beloved modern classic that inspired me to write my own YA Queer contemporary romance books, and continues to inspire many authors to this day! Simon is blackmailed in his secret romance as he struggles with the question of whether he wants to come out.
Truly one of the most beautiful YA books ever written (and one of my favourites of all time), this is another beloved modern classic that inspires everything that I write. Aristotle falls in love with Dante, but comes to learn so much more about himself.
Written beautifully in verse, Michael struggles with restrictive gender roles until he finds freedom through drag race performance as the Black Flamingo.
A stunning and heartbreaking story as Sahar falls in love with her best friend Nasrin in the face of oppressive anti-queerness.
The Passing Playbook is about a queer trans teen, Spencer, who questions if he should come out as trans while falling for one of his football teammates.
From award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.
Felix Love has never been in love – and, yes, he's painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it's like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What's worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he's one marginalisation too many – Black, queer and transgender – to ever get his own happily-ever-after.
When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages – after publicly posting Felix's deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned –Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn't count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi-love triangle...
But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself. Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognising the love you deserve.Discover these books and even more wonderful LGBTQ+ novels in your local bookshop!
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