Happy Pride: Excellent LGBTQIA+ Fiction Books

By Just a Cat and a Book By Her Side

By Just a Cat and a Book By Her Side

Music from Another World

Robin Talley

$18.99 $17.47

This is historical YA fiction at its absolute best--Talley's story is heartbreaking and touching. Reading about Tammy and Sharon, you realize that we've come a long way in terms of gay rights, yet it hurts knowing so many kids still feel as lost and scared as Tammy when coming out. The book has a terrifying relevance in these divided times.


Robin Talley

$18.99 $17.47

I loved this book so incredibly much that I can't even really explain it. It was captivating and beautiful and tragic and just appealed to me on so many levels. It has so much of what I love--lesbians, diverse characters, passionate and realistic storylines, well-done research, literary references and ties. It's just a beautiful, well-written story, and, to top it off, it's informative to boot. The characters are lovely, the story is amazing, and it really leaves you feeling a bit awed.


Jeffrey Eugenides

$20.00 $18.40

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James

Ashley Herring Blake

$16.99 $15.63

Oh this book, this book. Ashley Herring Blake is just such a wonderful, wonderful writer. I simply fell head over heels for Sunny, who stole my heart from the first pages of this beautiful book. I defy you to read this book and not fall in love with Sunny St. James--who sets out to kiss a boy, but realizes that she may want to kiss girls instead. She is a character who will stick with you long after you read the last page.

Red, White & Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston

$16.99 $15.63

A book where the Presidentโ€™s son falls for the Prince of Wales? Sign me up! McQuiston combines a sort of coming of age love story against the backdrop of politics. Both storylines are compelling beyond belief. This book is witty, sweet, a surprising nail biter at times, and offers such a great messageโ€”now more than ever.

Read Me Like a Book

Liz Kessler


This is a lovely gem of a book. It's the perfect blend of heartbreaking and funny. Kessler easily paints the angst one feels when in love with a teacher, especially if LGBT - coupled with the delusion that comes with youth, no matter your sexual orientation. Ash's feelings are so real, so strong, and she seems so alone. It's an excellent portrayal of what young teens go through as they wrestle with their sexuality. I found myself completely wrapped in Ash's coming of age (and coming out) tale.

The Space Between

Michelle L. Teichman


Overall, this is a dynamo of a book, which I sped through rapidly. Harper and Sarah are well-drawn characters who pop on the page -- they are complicated, sweet, and beautiful as they work through the multitude of emotions that comes with falling in love in high school. Honestly, I was very touched by this book and found it to be a sweet coming of age/coming out story. It does an excellent job of showing some of the difficulty teens still face in dealing with their sexuality in high school (and with their families) today. You'll find yourself quite invested in Harper and Sarah's story.

It Looks Like This

Rafi Mittlefehldt

$8.99 $8.27

I wish this book could be standard reading for gay youth--and their parents. It's poignant and truthful, albeit it hurt my heart in many places. This is a worthy read and certainly a great tale for LGBT youth. It definitely affected me deeply.

This Is How It Always Is

Laurie Frankel

$16.99 $15.63

This is a fascinating, heartbreaking, and beautiful book filled with endearing characters. The novel is intricate and very detailed, though quite well-written. It's heartbreaking in Penn and Rosie's realization that Claude wants to be a girl and what that will mean for him and the family. They only want for their children to be happy. This is a lovely, timely book.

The Pants Project

Cat Clarke

$8.99 $8.27

This is an excellent YA novel that draws you in immediately. I found the storyline to be interesting from the very beginning, and it never wavered. Liv is a wonderful, amazing, resilient young man, and I loved him from the moment I met him. Liv's story is heartbreaking at times, but also very poignant. I see this tale as a must-read for transgender kids, but also all middle school kids, as it offers a wonderful chance to teach empathy.


Emma Donoghue


The Well of Loneliness

Radclyffe Hall

$5.99 $5.51

Carefully Everywhere Descending

L. B. Bedford


A refreshing read: a YA LGBT novel with a nice, normal protagonist who seemed normal and read. Always nice to find a portrayal of a real YA lesbian relationship.

Alix & Valerie

Ingrid Diaz


Alternatives to Sex

Stephen McCauley


Dare Truth or Promise

Paula Boock


Keeping You a Secret

Julie Anne Peters

$10.99 $10.11


Paula Garner and Audrey Coulthurst

$17.99 $16.55

In the Role of Brie Hutchens...

Nicole Melleby

$16.95 $15.59

How to Make a Wish

Ashley Herring Blake


Call Down the Hawk (the Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1), 1

Maggie Stiefvater

$19.99 $18.39

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

Jessica Spotswood

$10.99 $10.11


Christina Lauren

$12.99 $11.95

The Nowhere Girls

Amy Reed

$12.99 $11.95

The Animators

Kayla Rae Whitaker

$17.00 $15.64

Girl Crushed

Katie Heaney

$18.99 $17.47

You Should See Me in a Crown

Leah Johnson

$17.98 $16.54

Cinderella Is Dead

Kalynn Bayron

$18.99 $17.47

Once You Go This Far: A Mystery

Kristen Lepionka

$26.99 $24.83

Dear Rachel Maddow

Adrienne Kisner

$9.99 $9.19

Written in the Stars

Alexandria Bellefleur

$15.99 $14.71

All Adults Here

Emma Straub

$27.00 $24.84

Something to Talk about

Meryl Wilsner

$16.00 $14.72

If It Makes You Happy

Claire Kann

$17.99 $16.55

Summer Longing

Jamie Brenner

$28.00 $25.76

Tell Me How You Really Feel

Aminah Mae Safi

$17.99 $16.55