Hi everyone! As I’m sure most of you already know June is Pride month, which is all about celebrating the amazing LGBTQ+ community all across the globe. It’s about acceptance, equality, celebration, education, and, of course, awareness of the troubling history concerning LGBTQ+ rights – and how there’s still some way to go. There’s tons of resources out there if you want to learn more about Pride – you can even check out this website to find out events going on near you if you’re in the UK.
I thought this was the perfect time to highlight some amazing LGBTQ+ reads with you all! These are all some of my favourite books so I’m really excited to be sharing them with you. Over the last few years I think there’s been a really push to be more inclusive in books, which is so promising to see. There’s a whole multitude of other LGBTQ+ books out there too which I really encourage you to pick up – if you have any other recommendations feel free to leave them in the comments for people to check out!
Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales
Thoughts: This might just have been my favourite contemporary read last year… It was just so good! I loved Darcey’s relationship advice business, and what I loved even more was how amazing this was. I don’t usually like love triangles but I still wound up loving this, so I think that tells you a lot! I think my favourite aspect, though, would have to be the supportive LGBTQ+ club, and also the discussion surrounding internalised biphobia, which is super important.
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
Thoughts: This is the fabulously modern – and queer – retelling of Grease you never knew you needed! This is such a wonderful read, I loved how it kept to Grease’s roots whilst updating it and adding some extra dimensions. Ollie and Will’s relationship was super cute (even if there are some serious obstacles – the main one being that Will’s not actually out at school) and there were so many great moments shared between them. I really recommend picking this one up, that’s for sure!
She Gets The Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick
Thoughts: Honestly, this one’s up there with my favourite reads of the year so far! I really connected with the characters in this one, which is always such a nice feeling, and I found Molly and Alex ridiculously cute together. I loved how they teamed up to get with their dream girls only to end up falling for each other, it’s a really specific trope but it’s definitely a favourite of mine! If you’re looking for something cute and fun with some heavier topics too this is the book for you!
Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth
Thoughts: This is another advice based one – the difference with this being that it’s much more humour based! I found Aideen’s character in this absolutely hilarious, and I think Smyth pulled off her voice remarkably well. Her relationship with Maeve was also super cute – there was lots of banter and tension throughout, which only made the end that much sweeter! There were lots of serious topics covered in here too (homophobia being one of them) so this was a really well rounded book I’d recommend.
If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
Thoughts: I’m not sure if you can tell by now, but Sophie Gonzales is one of my favourite authors, haha! I really enjoyed her collab with Cale too, it follows two members of a boy band who are secretly dating and receive a lot of pressure from their management to keep it that way. I also really liked Zach’s process of coming to terms with his sexuality, which was nicely explored! If This Gets Out is all about staying true for yourself and not let anyone put any limits on you, which is actually why I will keep on recommending it!
The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
Thoughts: This is a really lovely read! Saoirse and Ruby were both super cute together, and I appreciated their ‘no strings attached’ romance, even if it was a little predictable. I really enjoyed their list of montage worthy moments to share and they made for some really cute scenes – and some important discussions surrounding LGBTQ+ representation in the genre, which definitely still has a long way to go. I’d definitely recommend this!
You’re The One That I Want by Simon James Green
Thoughts: This is actually another Grease retelling! If you couldn’t already tell I love the movie, haha. This is another really adorable read, Freddie and his second boyfriend’s relationship was really supportive and healthy and it was great to see LGBTQ+ relationships presented in such a positive light (which I know might not always be the case). I also really appreciated the discussion surrounding homophobia within schools – I definitely think they should all have support groups, which I’m sure would make the world of difference to someone struggling.
Have you read any of these? What are some of your favourite LGBTQ+ reads? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this post!