Queer YA recommendations


Good literature with queer (LGBTIIQAA+) characters is hard to find. There might be a lot out there, but it also might not be that great.

(See: books written because queerness is edgy or flavour of the month. Also see: books written by straight authors with no idea.)

That makes good young adult literature with queer main characters trickier to find than the end of a rainbow!

Here are my faves, with a teensy blurb about them.

Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Aliens, government conspiracies and intergalactic dating.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Young love set against the bleak backdrop of World War Two.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Two young girls struggling with their queer identity.

Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
The first queer YA I ever read. Gay teens and coming out.


The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The difficult intricacies of being in the closet in high school.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Classic hollywood and queer romance. Crushing on this book!

Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Christie
Heck yeah for Aussie queer reads. A angsty fare.

Happy bookworming!

~ Emma