For #LGBTApril I highlighted some LGBT YA 2014 books that were coming out in the first half of the year. (Check out the list if you missed it!) Now that it’s August (!) it’s time to look at what’s on the horizon for the back half of 2014. I’ll be reading a few of these for the YA Diversity Book Club and am excited to share more about them soon.
Disclaimer: This list is not comprehensive by any means, but includes the books that caught my eye. As I have not read them yet, there could be some inaccuracies in the descriptions below.
LGBT YA BOOKS:
Out late Summer:
Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood (Aug. 14, Putnam) – This is the third book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles (I’ve only read the first book so far). My understanding is that at least one of the characters is a lesbian in this novel/series.
Rumble by Ellen Hopkins (Aug. 26, Simon & Schuster) -Hopkins is always pushing the envelope and this story takes on themes of religion, grief, PTSD, and sexuality.
The Boy I Love by Nina de Gramont (Sept. 2, Atheneum) – This book is about secrets, love and prejudice.
No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace (Sept. 8, Flux) – No One Needs to Know is about a girl and her twin brother fall for the same girl.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Sept. 16, Dial) – I feel like I’ve been waiting to read this book forever! I think every one of my friends on Goodreads who has read it has rated it five stars so far. This is a story about twins and an event that tears them apart. One of the twins is gay, and they each share their story.
Everything Changes by Samantha Hale (Sept. 16, Bold Strokes Books) – This is a lesbian coming out story about a girl experiencing her first romance.
Out this Fall:
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (Sept. 30, Harlequin Teen) – This is one of the books we are reading for the YA Diversity book club and it’s about students who experience desegregation for the first time in 1959 at a Virginia school. The book also deals with issues of sexuality. I know this is going to be such an emotional read.
Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Waters (Sept. 30, Simon Pulse) – This is a lesbian love story set in a conservative small town.
Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret-Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews (Sept. 30, Simon & Schuster) – This is a memoir of a high school student who undergoes gender reassignment.
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (Oct. 7, Algonquin YR) – We are covering this one for Diversity book club and it deals with culture and sexuality.
My True Love Gave to Me: 12 Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins (Oct. 14, St. Martins Press) – There are a lot of YA powerhouse authors featured in this holiday collection and my understanding is that some of the short stories have lgbt themes. I’m squinting but I think there are at least two same-sex couples on the cover. I know ARC’s are out so let me know the scoop you lucky early reviewers!
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky (Nov. 4, Disney Hyperion) – This is an MG book featuring a transgender protagonist. I think this important book will appeal to adult and YA audiences as well.
Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown, Sherwood Smith (Nov. 11, Viking) – Stranger is a post-apocalyptic novel that features a cast of diverse characters, including one who is gay. This book takes place in the former Los Angeles, now called Las Anclas. Authors love to destroy LA!
Out this Winter:
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun Hutchinson (Jan. 20, Simon Pulse) – Andrew lost his family and now can’t leave the hospital behind. Rusty is admitted after suffering burns inflicted by his classmates. Can they heal each other? This sounds really sad but also really moving. Plus, it’s described as a “partly graphic novel.”
The Truth about Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh (Jan. 27, Little, Brown) – I keep wanting to write Pinky Pie but that would be a very different book. This is a MG book about family, friendship and food and I believe there is an LGBT element in the story.
Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton (Feb. 5, Atom) – Megan lost her voice but the new girl Jasmine may be the key to bringing it back.
Promposal by Rhonda Helms (Feb. 10, Simon Pulse) – Promposal refers to public prom proposals and this book has quite a tangled web of them.
I am seeing several more 2015 titles pop up and I’m excited to talk more about them early next year!
Let me know your thoughts if you’ve read any of these yet, any of them caught your eye, or if you know of any books missing from the list. Look for a 2015 update early next year!