Read with Pride: YA Fiction

Young Adulthood is a vital time of discovering one’s identity and empathizing with other diverse identities. Growing up as a queer teen in the early 2000’s, I would have loved more access to LGBTQ novels. I spent hours trying to navigate my local library’s catalog to find titles relatable to my experiences and interests, as I was much too nervous to ask a librarian. The results I found were narrow, but made a world of difference for me to know I was not alone. I also was able to sympathize with other queer identities that I had not thought about. Even as an adult, I still enjoy a good YA novel and I am delighted to see more expansive reading options for teens. So whether you are a teen or adult, check out some of these great YA reads:

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
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Baby Be-Bop

Baby Be-Bop by Francesca Lia Block
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The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown
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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
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The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
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This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
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I wish you all the best by Mason Deaver
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Annie on My Mind

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
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Rick by Alex Gino
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Will Grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Levithan
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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
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That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E. K. Johnston
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The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
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Reverie by Ryan La Sala
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Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
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Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
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Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
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Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters
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The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos
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Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry
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Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Safi
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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
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Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith
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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
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