Teen LBGT Lit

Coming of age fiction is par for the course in the teen isle in your bookstore, but in the teen LGBT lit category, you’ll read about these type of books with a difference. Whether they’re coming out books or books in which the main character just happens to be a LGBT teen, you’ll get some of the best books in this genre here.

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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

If you’re looking for a book that resists the status quo, but nevertheless, offers it’s Black, queer, and anxious main character a chance at a real happily ever after, then you have to pick up You Should See Me in a Crown! Don’t believe me: it was recently selected as the first YA pick for Reese’s Book Club, and the guest editor who will talk with Leah Johnson live on the book club Instagram account will be none other than Lexi Underwood, the young, Black actress who played Pearl Warren on the tv show Little Fires Everywhere, which I loved! Check it out on Hulu in the US or Amazon Prime in Canada. Read more →

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I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch and Illustrated by Victoria Ying

I particularly loved the integration of DMs from Slash/Spot, comments on Alice and Cheshire’s comic, the text messages and updates on how long it has been since they’ve either logged into Slash/Spot or until the deadlines for the award competition. In particular, there is a popcorn emoji reference that had me recognizing just how perfectly well Birch understands the medium she’s using to convey her story. Not everyone does. Read more →

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Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Bayron’s debut novel is one that gave me chills at times, in particular when Luke, another queer character who Sophia meets on her journey, says: “‘Just because they deny us doesn’t mean we cease to exist.’” I think it’s a story that everyone needs to read not only because it features a strong, Black, queer character at the story’s centre, but also because her tenacity will, hopefully, give both teen and adult readers the inspiration to use their voice to resist, or even destroy, the patriarchy. Read more →

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Let’s Talk About Love is a super cute YA romance starring Alice, a beautiful, Black, bisexual (minus the sexual aka biromantic), and asexual sophomore in college. Or in the words of Alice, it would rank at Cutie CodeTM Black. Oh and best of all, Claire Kann’s debut novel is currently on sale until the end of June (aka Pride Month) for only $2.99, and the author is donating her royalties for any copies sold in June to National Bail Out, so she can accurately count the number of sales. Read more →