8 LGBTQ YA Romances to Read in 2019
You'll want to add these LGBTQ YA books to the top of your reading list!
LGBTQ Young Adult Romance
Books have come a long way since then. Now, dozens of LGBTQ young adult get published each year and more people are reading them than ever! It's an exciting time to be both a reader and writer of LGBTQ young adult books of any genre, including romance!
Check out some of our favorite 2019 LGBTQ YA romance books! You'll find something for everyone on this list!
We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra
Sarah Henstra's We Contain Multitudes is an epistolary novel about two teenage boys who fall in love with each other as they exchange letters. Jo and Kurl get partnered together for an English assignment in which they're to exchange letters each week as part of an ongoing pen pal project. A friendship quickly develops between them as they share pieces of themselves with each other. It doesn't take long for that friendship to become more, but will they be able to overcome everything thrown their way?
We Contain Multitudes will be released May 14, 2019.
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Nima Kumara-Clark's life in conventional community in Bridgeton feels boring and stagnant. She's in love with her straight friend and still trying to deal with her mom leaving. Nima needs something more. A strange encounter at a festival envelopes Nima up to her ears in the local drag scene across town. There, Nima encounters drag kings, drag queens, new love interests, and more sexual, romantic, and gender identities than she knew existed.
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens will be released May 7, 2019.
If it Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
It's Winnie's last summer in small town Misty Haven before she starts college in the fall. She just wants to spend it working in her granny's dinner making mad tips and hanging out with her ungirlfriend and this guy Dallas she may or may not have a thing for. Winnie knows it isn't the typical dream for an 18-year-old, but someday she wants to inherit her granny's diner, Goldeen's, the place she feels happiest. Between a televised cooking competition, a fat-shaming doctor, and somehow becoming the Summer Queen of Misty Haven, it doesn't look like Winnie will get the summer she wants after all!
If it Makes You Happy will be released June 4, 2019.
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Rukhsana Ali doesn't feel comfortable coming out to her conservative Muslim parents. She's biding her time until she graduates and starts at Caltech in the fall, finally able to be herself. Unfortunately, Rukhsana's mom catches her with her girlfriend, and everything changes. Unsure of what to do, her parents send Rukhsana to live with extended in Bangladesh. There, she encounters "a world of arranged marriages, religious tradition, and intolerance," but she also finds allies too. After reading her grandmother's old diary, Rukhsana finally finds the courage "to take control of her future and fight for her love."
Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
Between her girlfriend moving away, her best friend keeping his distance, and her sister's death in Iraq and funeral becoming a farce, Angie isn't having a very good year. After the funeral, a soldier gives Angie a letter from her sister, the last one she ever wrote to Angie. When she reads it, Angie discovers a list of all the places she wanted to go with Angie once she finally returned home. Between her sister's empty urn on the mantle and her mother threatening to send her to a treatment center for weight loss, Angie decides to enlist her old friend, Jamboree, and a few others to take an RV around Ohio to visit all the places Angie's sister didn't live to see.
Fat Angie will be released March 5, 2019.
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
Aminah Mae Safi's Tell Me How You Really Feel was inspired by classic romantic comedies, but is much, much gayer. Sana Khan and Rachel Recht are total opposites. Sana is an obnoxious straight A student. She's competitive and a cheerleader. Rachel wants to be a film director and spends countless hours watching movies. She's found the perfect person for her senior film project. The problem is that it's Sana, who she hates. When Sana asked her out, Rachel thought she was being punked and has hated her since then.
Tell Me How You Really Feel will be released on June 11, 2019.
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver is a much-needed new addition to YA. With so few books featuring nonbinary characters, especially main characters, it's great to see that Deaver's book will be released soon. Ben De Backer makes the difficult decision to come out to their parents as nonbinary and, rather than showing compassion, Ben's parents kick them out of the house. Ben is forced to move in with Hannah, their older sister. After the trauma inflicted upon them by their parents, Ben decides not to come out at school. Of course, that's when funny and kindhearted Nathan Allan infiltrates Ben's life. They become fast friends and maybe something more.
I Wish You All the Best will be released May 28, 2019.
These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
Hannah's a witch, a real one, with the ability to control earth, fire, water, and air. She may live in Salem, but she still has to keep her magic hidden or she'll get it taken away. When she's not avoiding her ex-girlfriend, she's either with her best friend, or working at a New Age shop. When evidence of a dark Blood Witch turns up, Hannah must team up with her ex to search for clues. Along the way, she meets Morgan, a cute new girl. Hannah finds it difficult to date when there's evil lurking in Salem.
These Witches Don't Burn will be released May 28, 2019.
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