Tuesday, February 02, 2021

10 Young Adult LGBTQ+ Books To Look Forward To in 2021

LGBTQ+ books young adult 2021
A whole new year means plenty of books to add to our TBR. Expanding our world through literature lets us to experience new and different perspectives as well as find ourselves with characters who reflect our own backgrounds. From contemporary fiction to fantasy, readers can find themselves on these pages and from the unique voice of diverse authors. Mark your calendars! Here are ten exciting young adult LGBTQ+ titles that are set to be released in 2021.

A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

Release Date: February 23rd

For centuries, the world between faes have been kept secret by magic and bound by law that no harm comes to humans. When a series of gruesome murders rocks the city of Toronto and threatens to expose faeries to the human world, four queer teens form an alliance to track down the mysterious killer. Each fae holds a key piece of the truth behind the crimes. Their mission could risk the destruction of both worlds and tip the scale of a brewing war between the Mortal and Immortal Realms.


Follow Your Arrow by Jessica Verdi

Release Date: March 2nd

CeCe Ross and her girlfriend Silvie are #relationshipgoals across social media. When their relationship comes to an abrupt end, CeCe begins to fall for the new boy in town Josh who doesn't have an online persona. CeCe makes plans to keep her internet fame a secret until she has to contend with her life online versus the real world, and how different they are. 


Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore

Release Date: March 9th

Carey Parker aspires to be a diva and bring down the house with a song like their favorite pop singer Mariah Carey. When Carey finds the confidence to audition for the role of Elphaba for their school production of Wicked, it's up to Carey and their friends to stand up against the chain reaction prejudice and homophobia. The book will be told using alternating chapters with identifying pronouns.

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve

Release Date: April 15th

After watching enough YouTube videos and questioning his identity, Dean Forster knows he's a trans guy. However, everyone at his high school thinks he's a lesbian. When his theater director casts him as a "nontraditional" Romeo for Romeo and Juliet, the role begins to help him love himself leaving Dean to question if he can or should wait until college before sharing his true self.

May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor

Release Date: May 18th

Cheer captain and student body president Jeremy Harkiss just came out as a transgender boy in his senior year. Facing bigots and outdated school administration at his high school won't stop him from challenge his all-star ex-boyfriend Lukas for the title of Homecoming King. After his older brother passed away and losing his longterm girlfriend, Lukas plans to sabotage Jeremy's campaign. When the rivals take their feud too far, they'll have to finally contend with the pain they've been hiding.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Release Date: June 1st

August moves to New York City hoping The Big Apple will prove her cynical outlook about love and magic doesn't exist. When a dazzling young woman Jane looks like a catches her eye during a daily trudge on the subway, August's crush becomes the best part of her day. But she begins to realize that Jane just doesn't look like an old-school punk rocker - she's literally displaced from the 1970s. To help the girl lost in time, August will do everything she can to leave her past behind and might find an extraordinary love story of her own along the way.

Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

Release Date: July 6th

Three days. Two girls. One life-changing music festival. After Olivia bears the brunt of another relationship fallout, she's determined to start a new chapter in her life. She vows to hold onto a crush-free weekend at Farmland Music and Arts Festival with her first best friend. Toni is one week away from starting college and completely unsure of who she wants to become. In the wake of losing her musician-turned-roadie father, she's heading to the music festival in hopes of following his footsteps and finding herself. When the two arrive at Farmland, the festival becomes new ground for both Olivia and Toni to heal through love and music.

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Release Date: August 3rd

Daughter of TV's ParaSpectors Logan Ortiz-Woodley ventures to Snakebite, Oregon with her fathers, where teenagers are disappearing or turning up dead, and the weather isn't normal. Ashley Barton's boyfriend was the first to disappear, and now his ghost follows her around when the ghost hunters arrive in town. As Logan and Ashley delve into the missing cases, their investigation will reveal unsettling truths about Snakebite, its families, and each other.

Things We Couldn't Say by Jay Coles

Release Date: September 21st

For eight years, Gio has never heard from his mother. As he's starting to get his life together, she unexpectedly returns and he doesn't know how to handle the news while his father's drinking issues ensue, his relationship with his brother is on the rocks, and Gio begins a new friendship - maybe something more with a new player on the basketball team. 

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

Release Date: December 7th

Ruben Montez and Zach Knight along with Angel Phan and Jon Braxton are apart of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest bands in America. On-stage, they couldn't look more like a harmonious group if they tried. But behind the scenes, the facades are starting to crack under the pressure of fame and their management. During a whirlwind tour through Europe, Ruben and Zach's close friendship begins to evolve into a romance. When they decide to be open about their relationship, the duo will have to contend with a world that might not be ready.

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