This month is LGBT Pride Month, which honors the 1969 Stonewall riots and recognizes the impact that LGBT individuals have made in history. According to the Library of Congress, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and more.
We are so proud to be acknowledging LGBT Pride Month right here on MunaLuchi Bride – on the day that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide (Source: CNN) – by bringing some amazing young adult LGBT reads to your attention, many of which are written by authors within the LGBT community. Be sure to let us know which of these titles you’ll be reading this summer.
Congratulations to the LGBT community on this historical day!
1. Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler
The companion title to Behind the Scenes, Dahlia Adler brings us a totally addicting story following an interracial female romance in Hollywood. The story alternates points of view and will have readers on the edge of their seats (or beds) on every page, making this an easy read to devour in one sitting.
2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
If you’re in the mood to read a writing style unlike any other, pick up Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and prepare to fall in love with not just the writing but the characters, the relationship, and the beautiful story that grows because of the above.
3. Every Day by David Levithan
Every day, the main character, A, wakes up in a different body. A is fine until one day A wakes up in a certain body. And falls in love with a certain girl. Author of Two Boys Kissing, and Love is the Higher Law among many others, Levithan brings us another stunning novel that you will fall in love with on the very first page.
4. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Kristin Lattimer discovers she is intersex shortly after being voted homecoming queen. When her diagnosis is leaked to her school, Kristin’s whole life is turned upside down once again. None of the Above will take you on an incredible journey of self discovery that you may not have been exposed to yet so I highly recommend this debut novel which is currently all the buzz.
5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
When a new memory relief procedure hits the market, just as Aaron Soto of the Bronx meets Thomas, Aaron must decide if he should have all of his memories of being gay removed. This extraordinary debut from Adam Silvera will have you hanging on every word and anticipating what will come next from this 20-something year old author. A must read.
6. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
If you’re looking for a more literary feel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post is for you. Danforth delivers one of the most beautiful tales about loss and love that you will read all year. Cameron Post is an emotionally gripping novel that will make your heart ache before you reach the end.
7. Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Every time Nolan blinks, he’s taken from his Arizona town into Amara’s mind, in another world. All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other but the two discover that it’s not so easy to do. This fantasy stand alone novel boasts two POC leads who are also physically disabled and queer ladies. It’s a must read for more reasons than one.
8. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Everything Leads to You is the spellbinding contemporary romance that will sweep you off your feet. If you enjoy Under the Lights, as recommended earlier in this post, you’ll want to read this next.
9. Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Not Otherwise Specified is a breathtaking novel about a young girl who struggles with the labels that follow her around her Nebraska town (black, bisexual, eating disorder) and how she comes to define her own identity.
10. What We Left Behind by Robin Talley
Releases: October 27, 2015
What We Left Behind follows a teen couple—Gretchen, who identifies as a lesbian, and Toni, who identifies as genderqueer—as they struggle to stay together during their first year in college, despite the growing rift caused by distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity. – Goodreads
What novels with LGBT romances have you read and enjoyed or look forward to reading?