LGBTQ YA Books to Look Out for This Year

Hello! My name is April, and I’m a residential MLIS student. I am iYouth’s secretary. I am primarily interested in teen/young adult services, and I am particularly interested in serving LGBTQ teens. So I am going to share some of my most anticipated upcoming YA releases that feature LGBTQ characters!

When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore



When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.”
Release date: October 4, 2016
What to read while you’re waiting: The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie




Our Own Private Universe
by Robin Talley



“In Our Own Private Universe, fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she’s bisexual, but up until now she’s only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to. When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki’s mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating. But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa.”
Release date: January 31, 2017
What to read while you’re waiting: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour



Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst


“Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden. Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed.”
Release date: November 22, 2016
What to read while you’re waiting: Huntress by Malinda Lo


True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan



“If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy. But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world–letters he never intends to send–he spills the truth: he’s trying hard, but he just isn’t into Theresa. It’s a boy who lingers in his thoughts.”
Release date: June 7, 2016
What to read while you’re waiting: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo




“Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.”
This one’s out now!



Images and blurbs are from Goodreads.


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2 thoughts on “LGBTQ YA Books to Look Out for This Year”

  1. Such great choices! I just finished WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS on Friday and it was so, so beautiful. So excited to read OF FIRE AND STARS next! (And LAST SEEN LEAVING by Caleb Roehrig, which is another one of my most anticipated LGBTQ YAs this year!)

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