It's pride month so we thought we'd share some of our favourite LGBTQIA+ reads!
Heartstopper - Alice Oseman
If you haven't discovered these gorgeous graphic novels from Alice Oseman, you're in for a treat! Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie's lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us. Perfect for a heartwarming, fuzzy-feeling read while you're tucked up with a cuppa in bed.
Perfect On Paper - Sophie Gonzales
A bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her school friends is hired by the hot new kid to help him get his ex back. A perfect storyline on bookish paper by Aussie superstar, Sophie Gonzales! This queer rom-com will warm your heart in winter.
Monuments - Will Kostakis
When Connor Giannopoulos discovers a Monument under his high school, he doesn't have any idea how much his life is going to change forever. It turns out that immortality and strength beyond his wildest dreams is a bit more responsibility than he bargained for.
Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating - Adiba Jaigirdar
Hani and Ishu couldn't be less alike - and they definitely don't like each other. But when fates collide and they pretend to date each other, things start to get messy. This is a enemies-to-lovers queer story that will have you SWOONING.
Only Mostly Devastated - Sophie Gonzales
Only Mostly Devastated replaces the Sandy and Danny musical numbers that we all know and love, with a queer modern-day reimagining of Grease. Need we say more? While there is no breaking into song or tight leather pants, there is still a good dose of puffed-up jackets, high school dances, summer lovin’, and so many corny feels! Combine this with Gonzales’s razor-sharp wit and loveable characters, and this book will leave you only mostly devastated when it’s over.
Girls of Paper and Fire - Natasha Ngan
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire. A forbidden romance ensues between the girl of fire and a girl of paper – a romance that threatens the world’s way of life.
Here the Whole Time - Vitor Martins
Felipe is fat. And he doesn't need anyone to remind him, which is, of course, what everyone does. That's why he's been waiting for summer: a break from school and the classmates who tease him incessantly. But things get a little out of hand when Felipe's mom informs him that Caio, the neighbour kid from apartment 57, will be spending the next fifteen days with them while his parents are on vacation. Felipe is distraught because A) he's had a crush on Caio since, well, for ever, and B) Felipe has a list of body image insecurities and absolutely NO idea how he's going to entertain his neighbour for two full weeks. Suddenly, the days ahead of him that once promised rest and relaxation (not to mention some epic Netflix bingeing) end up bringing a whirlwind of feelings, forcing Felipe to dive head-first into every unresolved issue he has had with himself - but maybe, just maybe, he'll manage to win over Caio, too.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club - Malinda Lo
Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club. America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father - despite his hard-won citizenship - Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.
The Extraordinaries - T J Klune
In Nova City, there are extraordinary people, capable of feats that defy the imagination. Then there’s Nick, who must contend with a new year at school, a father who doesn't trust him, and a best friend named Seth, who may or may not be the love of Nick's short, uneventful life. TJ Klune's YA debut is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.