Happy Pride Month 🏳️🌈
Books to #ReadWithPride
🏳️🌈 Happy Pride Month, everyone! 🏳️🌈
Seeing our identities and the world around us reflected in the books we read is vitally important. This Pride Month and all year long, we’re excited to spotlight some incredible LGBTQIA+ stories and creators.
Check out some YA books to dive into and #ReadwithPride!
You Should See Me in a Crown
A joyful book about a queer Black girl who runs for Prom Queen to win a college scholarship…but then finds herself falling in love with one of the other girls in the competition. Start reading here!
Here the Whole Time
A body-positive YA love story between two boys who must spend 15 days living with each other over school break. Start reading here!
Two teens. One bridge. Four ways their story could end. A powerful novel about mental health, identity, and how our choices shape the world around us. Start reading here!
The Ghosts We Keep
After their brother is killed, Liam faces the world without the person they loved the most. Their brother’s best friend is the only one who knows what they’re going through…for better or worse. Start reading here!
Zara Hossain is Here
Zara’s family has waited years for their visas to be finalized, but now that dream is in jeopardy. Zara seeks justice to stay with her girlfriend and in the only home she’s ever known. Start reading here!
Follow Your Arrow
When bi influencer CeCe breaks up with her famous girlfriend and starts dating a boy who is very much NOT online, she’ll find out what it means to speak her truth. Start reading here!
Girl from the Sea
After Morgan is saved from drowning by a mysterious girl named Keltie, everything they’re each trying to hide will find its way to the surface. Start reading here!
Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. A sweet coming-of-age story that explores friendship, love, and coming out. Start reading here!
Where We Go From Here
A story about three boys whose lives will become intertwined in a story of HIV, friendship, love, and self-acceptance. Start reading here!
Technically, You Started It
A hilarious, snarky, and utterly addicting book that explores friendship, sexual orientation, mental health, and falling in love (even if things might be falling apart around you). Start reading here!
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
When Rukhsana’s conservative Muslim parents catch her with her girlfriend, Rukhsana’s carefully planned future begins to collapse around her. Start reading here!
I Wish You All the Best
After Ben comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’ll move in with their estranged older sister and find friendship, love, and acceptance along the way. Start reading here!
The Music of What Happens
Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they’re willing to risk – to get the thing they want the most. Start reading here!
Openly Straight & Honestly Ben
This heartfelt series follows two boys, Ben and Rafe, who struggle to find who they really are in the midst of falling for one another. Start reading here!
Lie to Me
A pulse-pounding novel about love, betrayal, and a serial killer that features a bisexual protagonist. Start reading here!
A riveting story of ambition, music, and innocence lost - and a deep relationship between two girls who could be something more on their quest for stardom. Start reading here!
Tarnished Are the Stars
The Lunar Chronicles meets Rook in this queer #OwnVoices science-fantasy novel that features asexual, bisexual, and lesbian characters working together to put an end to a deadly epidemic. Start reading here!
The Witch Boy
In Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches and the girls are raised to be shapeshifters. But Aster is fascinated by witchery–can he find the courage to save his family and be truly himself? Start reading here!
King and the Dragonflies
A story about loss, grief, and finding the courage to discover one’s identity. Start reading here!
I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain
A powerful novel about navigating death and navigating life, at a time when the only map you have is the one you can draw for yourself. Start reading here!
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Happy Pride Month 🏳️🌈
I thought that as I got older, I'd have figured out life, but it turned out that I knew nothing, I walked blindly through the black tunnel. I have no place to rest mentally.
I thought I had my future planned in my head but there were many holes in my plans I wasn't aware of, I couldn't find the day that I'd laugh or have that heartwarming feeling in my plans, all I could see were the faces of the people around me who expects perfect things from me. But what if I told them all I wanted was to live a happy life, to have a family with the person I love no matter how the world would look at us? Because I won't care how the world looks at me, but I do care how the person I love will look at me. But for the people around me, I don't think they'll ever accept me for who I am, I always know what they're going to say, I always know they'll tell me to change, to fit in their mold for the perfect child, the perfect friend, the perfect stranger or at least the "normal" human the society wants. But what's normal and what's not? What makes a human-less valuable than another? Is being ourselves so wrong that we have to change?
All my life I've thought that love is the purest and simplest thing in the world, that I can say "I love you" to anyone no matter who they are but the truth is I can't, not right now, not in this place because the society won't accept it.
The kind of love that I pictured in my head, the kind of love that I always thought I knew or felt since I was young, turns out to be different in the minds of the people around me. I thought I could freely love anyone but never thought loving someone could feel so suffocating, you know what's the worst feeling in the world? You feel but you can't express it, you feel but you can't show it, that's the greatest punishment, the greatest suffering you can bring to yourself.
I've always thought it was "normal" to fall in love in this way, the funny thing is that as a child I didn't have to worry when I liked someone because all I knew was that it felt so right but as I got older I knew that "feel right" means nothing if the society doesn't think it's right. But what kind of love is right and what's wrong? Why do they have to make rules even for love? Love is supposed to be felt, not forced to fit in a particular column.
There are many things that I fear, and regret frightens me the most. I'm afraid that I'll become a disappointment to my family and on the other hand, I am so confused and extremely terrified that I'll disappoint myself for not choosing my happiness first and for not being able to be "me" forever.
There's a lot of guilt inside me, eroding every wall in my heart. I felt so small, as fear sat on my shoulder and whispered doubts in my ear.
Questioning, via @onesecondbeforesunset
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