Summer Reads: LGBTQ Young Adult Novels

One of the best things about the YA genre is the variety of stories available — and novels exploring the LGBTQ experience are no exception. Here are our picks for some of the latest and greatest LGBTQ titles out this summer for you to read. 

Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler: This new release has already topped the charts on Amazon. The second in the Daylight Falls trilogy, UtL stars Hollywood bad boy Josh, who’s set to star opposite Vanessa Park in the popular teen TV show, Daylight Falls. Only Vanessa is immune to his charms, and not in a oh-she’s-playing-hard-to-get-this-is-a-romance-kinda way. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. We basically live for those books.) It’s because Vanessa, you see, is busy having some scorching hot make out sessions with her new career handler, Brianna. How Van handles this life revelation, and the expectation of her conservative Korean-American parents make this summer reading at its finest. 

Treble Maker by Annabeth Albert: If a cappella is your thing — and why wouldn’t it be? — you’ll love this latest Perfect Harmony title, which stars wannabe rock star Cody, who trades his couch-surfing ways for an a cappella group and singing competition. (Did you already leave to buy this?) Lucas, a college boy from the heart of the country, may change his ways. 

Focus on Me by Megan Erickson: This is technically NA, but we’re sneaking it in. This second in Erickson’s In Focus series stars college dropout Colin, road tripping his way home from California after failing out of school. His interest is piqued when he spies hot guy Riley stranded at a gas station in Nevada. Colin’s always been a quitter — but Riley may just help him break his losing streak. 

Out of Order by Casey Lawrence: Lawrence’s July YA has a suspense element, one of our favorites! Closeted bisexual Corey is involved in all the usual high school shenanigans: worrying about college, nabbing valedictorian and her burgeoning relationship with her friend Kate. Until she witnesses a homicide on prom night — changing her life forever. 

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: This June release is getting tons of buzz. Set in the Bronx, it stars Aaron Soto, who’s dealing with his dad’s suicide, his girlfriend’s needs and his attraction to his friend Thomas. He doesn’t want to give up Thomas, despite wanting to undergo a procedure to forget he’s gay. A dreamy yet searing look at race and sexuality. 

We hope we sparked your interest in some of these awesome summer YA reads! And for more titles to chose from, be sure to visit our Everything YA page!

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