I’ve read a lot of really good LGBTQ+ books recently that I am always recommending to my friends. I’ve compiled a short list of some recent favourites that I hope others will discover too.
1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book has become one of my all-time favourites. It follows the life of a fictional Hollywood actress who shares her life story, including the reasons behind her several failed marriages, with an unsung reporter, Monique Grant. I enjoyed reading about Evelyn’s life and the pressures she faced at the start and height of her successful career. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s characters always stand-out as some of the most memorable. They’re realistic and flawed. The author shines a light on Hollywood and how members of the LGBTQ+ community have had to hide their truth in order to fully succeed in certain industries.
2. Loveless by Alice Oseman
Alice Oseman’s books are always filled with great LGBTQ+ representation. And her latest book, Loveless, does not disappoint. It follows Georgia who ends up on a journey of self-discovery as she embarks on university life. She has always thought there was something wrong with her because she has never been kissed and has never had feelings for another person in her entire life. I love that this book is about self-love and the importance of friendships, while also educating the reader, as well as the characters, about asexuality.
3. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
All Boys Aren’t Blue is a memoir, showing the author’s life from childhood to adulthood. He shows the heart-breaking reality of how society treats gay black men. This is a very educational read for those who want to learn more in order to be supportive of the LGBTQ+ community but also illustrates to those dealing with similar struggles that they aren’t going through anything alone. This is marketed to young adults but I honestly think it’s a book all ages should read, especially as it’s someone’s personal experiences, not fiction.
4. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
This young adult book follows Liz who wants to be a doctor. However, when she fails to get the scholarship funds she needs to attend university, she ends up running for prom queen as there’s a big cash prize for the winner. One of the people competing against her is Mack, who Liz just so happens to have a big crush on. I liked that even though this is a really fun and cute romance story, it also looks at bigger issues such as financial struggles, mental health, homophobia and racism.
5. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Kacen Callender’s novel is a wonderful yet, emotional read that is beautifully written. It follows Felix, who is black, queer and transgender. All he wants is to find love, the kind he sees everywhere but hasn’t experienced for himself. Felix has enough struggles of his own but then someone at his school decides to target and harass him. His dead name is revealed to his peers and he is inundated with transphobic messages from an anonymous person. Even though parts of this book were upsetting to read, the topic surrounding race and gender identity is very important. I loved the main character and his journey to find happiness.
Have you read any of these books? Or do you have any favourite LGBTQ+ books you always recommend? Let me know by commenting below. I’m also on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest – @bookwormgirl_24