Gay and Lesbian Pride Month is celebrated each year for the month of June and since we are both allies, we decided to join our voices to the celebrations today with a list of some of our favourite LGBT books which were read and reviewed here.
Without further ado, here are some of our favourite LGBT books, in no particular order:
1.I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip by John Donovan
Why read it: For its historical significance: this book is the first LGBT YA mainstream novel to have addressed homosexuality in a positive manner. This 40th anniversary edition contains three interesting essays about its place in history. Plus: it is a wonderful story about a young boy discovering his own sexuality.
2.Vintage – A Ghost Story by Steve Berman
Why read it: Vintage is a contemporary ghost story with a heavy romantic arc and it never loses sight of the hardships that its main character faces as a gay teen, but accomplishes this without making “issues” the central theme of the book. Plus, it has hot making out scenes.
3.Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
Why read it: Excellent Romance set in the 20s with a vivid setting, wonderful writing and heartwarming romance between two guys which progresses from uneasy camaraderie, to friends, to lovers.
4.Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Why read it: It’s written by David Levithan. Who said, when asked about whether this book which is so hopelessly romantic, was a work of reality or fantasy: “right down the middle – it’s about where we’re going, and where we should be.’”
5. Freak Show by James St. James
Why read it: This is seriously one of the BEST LGBT books I’ve read. It is hilarious AND heartbreaking at the same time. It is about Billy Bloom, a 17 year old drag queen trying to make her way in a very conservative environment and it has one of the best “voices” in YA ever.
6.My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
Why read it: Someone once said about this book: “it is unflinchingly, over the top, with-no-shame-whatsoever the happiest book in the world. Ain’t nothing but blue skies.” And that’s exactly why you should totally read it: it is an exuberant story about brothers and family and coming out and it is just SO much fun.
7.What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson
Why read it: It is the direct opposite to the book above in the way that it is a quiet, subdued book also about brothers and family and coming out. It is a beautiful story.
8.Hero by Perry Moore
Why read it: It is a super-hero book! It is rousing, heartening and inspiring AND one of the few books that Thea has ever rated a 10 – perfect.
9.City of Ruin by Mark Charan Newton
Why read it: It is mainstream fantasy with one of the main characters as the leader of an elite guard and who is gay in an extremely bigoted world. The most important point here is how the author expertly portrayed this bigotry of the world as being wrong, hateful and unnatural. Very cool. Also: the next book in the series has a trans-character as its main character. I will be reading it soon.
10.Ash by Malinda Lo
Why read it: It is a beautifully written, lesbian retelling of Cinderella in which the main character does not need a Prince to save her. Awesome.
So, this is our list. It is by no means an extensive and exhaustive list: it is for example, woefully lacking in Lesbian/Bi stories!
How about you? What are your favourite LGBT books? Please feel free to leave recommendations and links to reviews in the comments!