Its time for another top reads post! And since it is valentines week I thought that it was the perfect time to honor my favourite LGBTQA+ characters! Some of the books on this list are books whose main theme is an LGBTQA+ relationship others just feature a brilliant one. So, lets do this!
Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green
I fell completely in love with this trilogy as soon as I picked up Half Bad and I honestly couldn’t put them down. You follow a young boy as he navigates his way through the dangerous world in which he lives. A world of magic. These books are so addictively good and very different from what you would expect them to be. These books have so much going on in them. Love, death, torture, magic, family, drama and so much more. This is one of those series that you will either love or hate, but if you are going to read them, I would suggest looking at the audiobooks. I listened to the whole trilogy and loved the format, mainly because of how amazing Carl Prekopp (the voice actor) is. He is just the perfect voice for the trilogy and just narrates the story brilliantly. You cannot help but enjoy these books when he is voicing them. But what makes these books even better is the main character Nathan is bi-sexual and throughout the trilogies has relationships with both women and men. You don’t see many bi-sexual relationships in books so this was very nice to see.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
You need to read this book at least once in your lifetime. In this book you follow 16 year old Charlie as he starts high school and struggles to find his place in the world. You watch as he struggles with anxiety and depression, but without knowing what they are and eventually uncover that he is suffering from PTSD. This is a beautiful book full of friendship and finding yourself, family, love and high school. It is so stunningly written that you cannot help but fall in love with it. One of the main cahracters in this book is gay and there is a lot of sexual expeminatation in this book. It isn’t the best representation, but it is nice that it was included in this book.
A Darker Shade Of Magic by V E Schwab
This multi-verse trilogy puts a whole new spin on the magical universe. It is fast paced and dark, sexy and funny, and full of incredible characters. You follow a magician called Kell as he finds himself on a deadly adventure with an unlikely ally in the form of a young cut-throat called Lila. You cannot help but love this trilogy. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. This is one of the best magic based stories that I have read in a long time. Although the main duo in this story is a hetro couple, the two main secondary characters are bi-sexual and are in a gay relationship together and they are the cutest thing ever. One of my all time favourite book couples.
The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
This is hands down the best contemporary that I have read in ages. This story follows 17-year-old Molly over the course of one unforgettable summer. She is the girl who has had 26 crushes, but never done anything about it. this story follows her as she develops crush 27, makes new friends and generally starts to discover who she is. This is a beautiful story full of brilliant characters, and realistic storylines. I have never related to a story as much as I did this one. It is sweet and funny and so good. And the main characters sister is a lesbian and is in her first truly committed relationship, plus the girls parents are also lesbians and actually get married during the book. There is brilliant representation in this book and it is such a fantastic read!
Nick And Noah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This is a brilliant little YA contemporary that you will want to read in one sitting. It is only 200 pages, but it is brilliant. In this book you follow two teenagers, Nick and Noah, over the course of just one night. Over this night you watch them meet, and start to fall for each other in a epic adventure around NYC. I loved this book. The characters are so real and relatable, the storyline is really gripping, I adored it. It also has some brilliant LGBTQA+ representation in it, which just makes it even better. Go diversity!
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
This YA contemporary is absolutely stunning. Although it is primarily set during the summer, this book is definitely a good winter read. This beautiful story follows twins Noah and Jude as they struggle with the reality of being a teenager and all the struggles that come with it. This book tackles some really difficult topics such as homosexuality, grief, bullying and so much more. This book is beautifully written and is such a beautiful story. You cant help but fall in love with it. Even if you don’t like contemporary books, you will like this one. It drags you in from the first page and you wont want to put it down.
You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
This is a truly unexpected story. You follow two teenagers, Mark and Katie, as they both are struggling their relationships. The pair meet and become instant friends and help each other navigate through the treacherous waters that are first love. The entire book is set over Pride week in San Francisco. This is a truly beautiful story full to the brim with love, in all shapes and forms. You cannot fail to be warmed by this story. What makes with story even better is that it is woven with some very deep and important messages, such as acceptance, tolerance and finding yourself. It is the perfect book for Valentines day.
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Need I explain this one? This book is amazing. It follows Simon, a gay teenager who has yet to come up. you follow him as he falls in love with his anonymous pen pal Blue, gets blackmailed and comes out. this is a brilliant book full of amazing characters. You can’t help but fall in love with this story. it is deep and meaningful with a lot of really important messages, but it is also really funny and honest and relatable. Everything in it feels so damn genuine. Becky Albertalli is fast becoming one of my all-time favourite authors.
Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
This story follows best friends Gideon and Kyle as their relationship changes. Kyle is bisexual, and semi out where as Gideon is only just realising that he is gay. This is a really sweet, fluffly little story. I read it in one sitting. It isn’t the greatest representation in the world, and does a bit to be desired, but it is a really nice little story. It has people exploring their sexuality, how others react when someone comes out and first love. it is worth a read, you will find yourself smiling at the cuteness of it.
And there we have it! Those are just a few of my favourite LGBTQA+ literary characters. There are so many more out there and a lot more on my personal TBR. There are also a few other books that deserve a brief mention such as The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (I mean Malec and Haline! Come on!), The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (features a transgender character), Poison Charm And Beauty by Sarah Pinsbrough (has a lesbian relationship), A Court Of Thorns And Roses trilogy by Sarah J Maas (there are several LGBTQA+ relationships in this trilogy. They aren’t the main focus of the books, but they are there). And there are so many more. there is so much more representation in YA these days and I am so excited to read more. Although writing this has made me aware of the lack of lesbian relationships in ya, and made me realise that I really need to read some of the transgender based books that I have on my shelf. What are some of your favourite LGBTQA+ characters? Are any of mine on your list? Any recommendations for me? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.