6 Queer YA Books to Kickstart Pride Month

Those who know me so well won’t even question that I basically celebrate three “Christmases” in a year: The first one is the literal Christmas in December, the second one is when the Halloween vibes start to creep up in October, and the last one is the magical Pride Month in June!

You all know that I’m a sucker for a good LGBTQIA-themed YA Contemporary. It’s like comfort food, but for my soul. And I can devour a lot of it, but still want additional helpings on my plate. This is the reason why I’m sharing with you 6 YA queer reads to kick off this year’s Pride, each representing the colors of the Pride flag!

The books on the list are my personal favorites, except for one that I’ve been saving for my Pride read this year. And in case you still didn’t have any planned TBR for next month, feel free to add these titles to your list. And at the bottom of this list is something special, so please read on if you want to find out…

LIFE :Coming Out and Self-Discovery


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. (Photo credits: Amazon)


HEALING: Mental Health and Self-Care

9780525552970Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian—half, his mom’s side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they’re spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city’s skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush—the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab. (Photo credits: Penguin Teen)

SUNSHINE: Romantic Comedy and Meet-Cute

36341204._UY2417_SS2417_What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them? (Photo credits: Goodreads)


NATURE: Family, Friendship and the Great Unknown

71RBGxKRoNLAristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrests of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship–the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. (Photo credits: Amazon)

HARMONY: Summer, Beach Waves and Shooting Stars

911GEL0JZ1LBloom by Kevin Panetta
Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band—if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything. (Photo credits: Amazon)

SPIRIT: Magic and Adventure


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up. (Photo credits: Amazon)



SURPRISE! Two of my Bookstagram/Blogger friends are hosting a month-long readathon, photo challenge and giveaway for this year’s Pride Month! To know more about #SpectrumReads, please follow them on Twitter @SpectrumReads 🌈

Please also follow both Alex and Dexter’s blogs and bookstagram accounts:

I hope you can join the fun, and if my book recommendations make it to your TBR list, don’t forget to tag me and let me know!

Stay safe and don’t forget to wave that rainbow-colored flag with #Pride!

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