Best Queer YA

By Ry Herman

By Ry Herman
A few of my favorite young adult LGBTQI+ titles.

Unspeakable

Abbie Rushton

£7.99 £7.43

Seafarer's Kiss

Julia Ember

£15.99 £14.87

Not a retelling of The Little Mermaid so much as a book that uses The Little Mermaid as a loose jumping off point to tell a new and different story, but I rather liked that; after all, The Little Mermaid Mermaid already exists.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

MELISSA BASHARDOUST

£14.99 £13.94

In far too many books, the protagonist makes mistake after frustrating mistake, driving the reader to distraction over how idiotic they're being. Much rarer is the book where the protagonist makes mistake after frustrating mistake and the reader thinks, "Yeah ... that's probably what I would have done, too." This is one of the latter books, keeping you on the side of a flawed heroine even when you want to shout at her. It's a tough trick to pull off, but this book does so admirably.

Girl Made of Stars

Ashley Herring Blake

£7.99 £7.43

Wow. Between this and "How to Make a Wish", Ashley Herring Blake is rapidly becoming one of my favorite YA authors. It would have been very easy for this book to fall into "What even is truth, anyway?" waffling, but it instead opted to make a statement that was stark, strong, and powerful. And once again, I'm blown away my the emotional realism of her characters.

How to Make a Wish

Ashley Herring Blake

£7.99 £7.43

A gem of a book. Characters who seem real, with serious problems that they don't always deal with in healthy ways. It's an especially great read for anyone who has ever dealt with a toxic parent, but it also touches on loss, love, and the necessity and relief of making hard choices. Highly recommended.

In Other Lands

Sarah Rees Brennan

£11.99 £11.15

Well, this book was wonderful. It's a novel that gleefully inverts, interrogates, and explodes all the tropes of portal fantasy, magical boarding school fantasy, war fantasy, young adult fantasy, and fantasy centered on a male protagonist, while somehow at the same time having a stunning level of emotional realism and depth. I laughed a lot. I teared up once. Thumbs way up.

The Midnight Lie

Marie Rutkoski

£8.99 £8.36

An exquisitely written book. The prose is beautiful, and the characters compelling. I'm eager to find out what happens next.

How It Feels To Float

Helena Fox

£8.99 £8.36

Are You Listening?

Tillie Walden

£13.99 £13.01

Crier's War

Nina Varela

£7.99 £7.43

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Emily M. Danforth

£7.99 £7.43

Missing, Presumed Dead

Emma Berquist

£12.99 £12.08

Carry On

Rainbow Rowell

£7.99 £7.43

The Pearl Thief

Elizabeth Wein

£7.99 £7.43

Pantomime

Laura Lam

£9.99 £9.29

Adaptation

Malinda Lo

£6.99 £6.50

The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

£7.99 £7.43

This is an odd duck of a book. It has the twisty plot of a thriller, but as seen through the lens of a fairy tale. I liked it.

Catfishing On Catnet: A Novel

Naomi Kritzer

£13.99 £13.01

The story this book is based on was charming; the book itself has more plot and more action (as books do), but still retains much of the charm, while adding a cavalcade of interesting characters.

Ask the Passengers

A.S. King

£8.99 £8.36

YA about a high school girl coming to grips with her sexual orientation in a small town. It went a few places I don’t often see in fiction — it was particularly nice to see a story which wasn’t about someone who knows their orientation from the get-go, but instead plods towards it slowly and questioningly with a lot of confusion.

Dare, Truth or Promise

Paula Boock

£4.99 £4.64

Silhouette of a Sparrow

Molly Beth Griffin

£5.99 £5.57

This was a lovely little book. A good story, well-told.

We Are Okay

Nina LaCour

£11.99

A beautifully written book about grief, loneliness, family, and growing up. It was hard to put down once I picked it up; I read it in a single day.

Out of the Blue

Sophie (Autor) Cameron

£7.99 £7.43

I really liked this book. A touching and affecting novel with great characters.

And I Darken

Kiersten White

£7.99 £7.43

Really enjoyed this novel about a young, gender-flipped Vlad the Impaler. A psychologically gripping story about a turbulent time in history, showing the human side of towering figures.

A Line in the Dark

Malinda Lo

£13.99 £13.01