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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The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell

Whereas many queer narratives only show the queer characters holding hands with their significant other or kissing at the very end of the book, I particularly liked how sex positive it is. […] Cornwell creates a safe space for all readers, especially queer ones, that is completely devoid of the shame that Christianity puts on people around their sexuality. Read more →

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

If you’re interested in picking up a really cute, debut f/f romance that also tackles some important issues for queer teens of colour, then don’t miss The Henna Wars. It’s a book that you will, inevitably, want on your bookshelf and will recommend to anyone and everyone…just like I do. Read more →

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2) by Mackenzi Lee

If you loved Monty’s story, you can rest assured that this companion features both him and Percy in equal measure. That said, there are great passages of time where they’re locked out of the story in favour of Felicity, Sim, the Muslim-woman who agrees to pay Felicity’s way to Germany, and Johanna, Felicity’s childhood friend from whom she’d distanced herself for the past few years after a difference of opinion. This novel is primarily an exploration about the different places available for women at the time. Just like Felicity, both Johanna and Sim find themselves unable to pursue the roles that they wanted for themselves just because of the gender they were assigned at birth. Read more →

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Now that I have read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I can say without a doubt that it was so well done; it’s a story that is funny and heartbreaking, an amazing adventure and about letting go of the residual shame of who are to live the life you want. In other words, it’s a very important book to pick up with a range of diverse representation set in an 18th century world, which rarely, if ever, gets a chance to show characters like these ones in exactly this way. If you are queer, asexual, biracial, have chronic illness, or have pursued a career for which you wouldn’t be allowed in the 18th century, then trust me, you’ll get a lot out of this novel. Read more →