Feature: YA Book Recommendation #NationalComingOutDay
National Coming Out Day is an important day for visibility in the LGBTQIA+ community. Most of us in the community have one coming out and then we continue to have to come out for the rest of our lives every time we meet new people, or are put into new situations. For some people it is not safe to come out currently and no one should feel pressured to come out without feeling safe and ready. I hope everyone knows that you do not have to come out for you to be valid and a part of the community.
Wherever you are in your coming out journey, there are so many people available to support you (like It Gets Better)- seek them out if you need help! I want everyone to know that I, Kelly, am queer cis-female, and I am here and available for anyone to talk to, my DMs are open on both twitter and instagram if you need a safe, semi-anonymous person to talk with.
Of course a lot of Young Adult books that have LGBTQIA+ characters have a coming out story in them as well, and of course I think the most commonly thought about coming out story is Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Plus with the recent release of her newest queer love story she co-wrote with Adam Silvera, What If It’s Us, I thought it would be awesome to share a few of my favorite queer books!
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
- None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
- Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
- Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
- Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
- Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
- Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
- The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
There are so many Queer YA books, and these are just a tiny list of books that I thought about that have a heavy theme on coming out, this list isn’t by any means extensive, I just won’t recommend books I haven’t read before!