7 LGBT+ Books for Young Adults

7 LGBT+ Books for Young Adults

A small list of YA fiction books that are LGBT+ centered
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In honor of the end of Pride season, let’s talk about LGBT+ literature, specifically young adult (YA) fiction. You may not think it’s out there, but I can assure you it is. My 2 years of working in a bookstore have helped me to compile a small list of YA fiction books that are LGBT+ centered.

1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily Danforth

Set in Montana in the 1990s, Cameron Post is dealing with her new life after the loss of her parents. She’s upset, but slightly relieved she will never have to tell them the truth: she’s gay. When her aunt and grandmother, her new guardians, discover her identity, they ship her off to a conversion camp to “cure” her. A powerful book about learning the truth of yourself and facing the consequences of denying who you are.

2. Luna, by Julie Anne Peters

Liam is a kid who hates himself, but not for the reasons you would think. He hates who he is, and chooses to only reveal his true self, named Luna, at night, like the moon he is named for. Liam longs to become just Luna, and he is ready to reveal his true self to the world, but is the world ready for Luna? A great novel about struggling for acceptance with your trans identity.

3. Honor Girl, by Maggie Thrash

A beautifully illustrated graphic novel and true story. Maggie Thrash is 15 years old and has spent every summer of her life so far at a girls-only summer camp. She's pretty much average, and her life isn’t really exciting. That is, until one small moment with an older counselor stirs Maggie’s feelings into chaos. What is she feeling, and how the hell does she deal with this at summer camp? An awesome novel about discovering your identity for the first time, and learning to understand who you are.

4. Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

This one is definitely for fans of Harry Potter, as it reads like a Harry Potter fan-fiction about Draco and Harry, but of course, follows its own (mostly) unique storyline. Simon Snow is the chosen one, and he absolutely sucks at it. He sucks at magic, he sucks at being a hero, and he even sucks at having a nemesis, Baz, as for some reason he feels a concern for him. A great story of magic, screwing up, as well as discovering your LGBT identity.

5. Of Fire and Stars, by Audrey Coulthurst

This one is a personal favorite of mine because it is a LGBT book as well as a compelling fantasy novel. Princess Dennaleia has been betrothed since birth to the prince of Mynaria, and has had her life planned out accordingly. Her marriage is set to force a powerful alliance that will protect her people. But, Denna has a secret, a power that could get her killed in her new home of anti-magic. Denna arrives in Mynaria to discover the prince’s sister, Amaranthine, who she forges a deep friendship with that calls to her for something more. With an assassination attempt having unfolded, Denna must learn to adjust and protect herself in her new home, with the help of her new ally.

6. None of the Above, by I. W. Gregorio

Kristen Lattimer lives an awesome life. She’s been voted homecoming queen, she’s a champion hurdler, she has a full-ride to college, and her boyfriend is perfect. When she decides to take things to the next level with her boyfriend, she finds out something is really wrong. The doctor she visits for help tells her that she’s intersex, and her whole world is shaken before her. A really strong and sensitive novel about relearning to love yourself, even if your body isn’t “normal”.

7. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli

Simon is 16 years old, definitely not out of the closet, and prefers to save the drama inside him for the school musical. But when one of his emails ends up in the wrong hands, his secret is at risk unless he acts as the class clown, Martin’s, wingman. Dealing with blackmail, his crush on his pen pal, and high school in general, Simon has to figure out how to grow without destroying his life. A funny and generally great book about coming out, being 16, and also dealing with some weird circumstances.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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7 Things That 'Shameless' Taught Me About Life

I thought I was just binging another Netflix show, but I was wrong.

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Shameless (US) is an American television show based in Chicago that follows the life of a family with a severely alcoholic father and the struggles of his many children. The show first aired in 2011 and continues to illustrate the development of each character on an emotional and professional level.

I know, the series doesn't come off as your new favorite comedic show that will lift your spirits up. Personally, I was quite apprehensive to start watching as well. I usually use TV to destress after a particularly difficult day, so I need something that doesn't require a lot of attention and that will just run some pre-recorded crowd laughter every few moments to make me feel better.

That's why I usually stick to viewing the same four shows and cycling through them every few months. Finally, my family members (who have been obsessed with Shameless for years), convinced me to just try it out and finish the first few episodes. I was skeptical, but I agreed.

Once I actually gave the series the attention it deserved, I was unable to stop myself from binge-watching for hours. Each episode ended with a cliffhanger that I just needed to know more about, and before I even recognized what I was doing, I got through three seasons in one sitting.

The show is not only captivating and hilarious, but it has taught me so many lessons that I will continue to take with me through my journey in young adulthood and beyond.

1. All Families Have Their Issues

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I always thought my family dynamic was a little intense, but the show taught me that things can get even crazier. Be thankful for the family you have, whether it's blood relatives or not, even if you want to rip each other's heads off sometimes.

2. Some Things Are Out Of Your Control

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There are going to be unexpected events that may ruin my initial plans, but the most important thing is to get up, dust myself off, and keep going.

3. It's Okay To Look Out For Yourself and Only Yourself

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We always think about how our actions affect other people, which is a good thing, but you have to always consider your own well being and mental health first. You can't fix everyone. Focus on your own needs before others.

4. Be True to Yourself, Unapologetically

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There's always a lot of pressure to filter your personality around certain groups of people, mold yourself into what you think the environment needs. Shameless taught me time and time again that the most important thing you can do is be you.

5. Don't Be Afraid to Create Chaos When Something is Important to You

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Stand up for yourself and what you believe in, and don't take any shit from anybody.

6. Family Can Be Your Greatest Support System

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At the end of the day, your best friends will be your family members. They will always be there to support you no matter what you do, and you can count on them if everything else feels like it's falling apart.

7. There's No Excuse To Miss an Episode

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You think it's a good idea to turn Netflix off and go to bed, but you are sadly mistaken.

What are you waiting for? Get to watching!

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