List of the Week: Queer Girls in YA

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Sexuality is a spectrum and it’s about damn time girls see themselves in all their glory reflected across it. As a teenager, figuring out your sexuality – or even just figuring out what your feelings for someone mean – can be confusing. It can also be awkward, hard to talk about, and isolating.

So, girls, this one’s for you. I hope you find yourselves reflected in the pages of these novels, in all your beautiful colors and all your beautiful sexualities.

style book coverStyle (The OTP Series) by Chelsea M. Cameron
Publisher: self-published
Release date: May 31 2016
Kyle and Stella both have a plan for the senior year of college. But neither of their plans involve the other. That is… until they’re paired together in their AP English class. Sparks fly but neither of them knows what to do about it; it was never part of their plan to fall in love.

the beast of callaire book coverThe Beast of Callaire by Saruuh Kelsey
Publisher: self-published
Release date: May 20 2014
Yasmin is a descendant of the Manticore. A Legendary. But she doesn’t want to be. Unlike the Legendaries in The Red, Yasmin wants nothing more than an ordinary life. When Yasmin starts hearing a voice in her head and is drawn into dreams that aren’t her own, she is led to Fray—a girl who once saved Yasmin from hunters, who has shadowy memories that hint at her having Legendary magic—and Yasmin is catapulted into a life of Majick and malevolence.

queens of geek book coverQueens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: March 14 2017
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

of fire and stars book coverOf Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: November 22nd
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. But when Denna arrives in Mynaria, she finds herself falling for the prince’s sister instead.

tash hearts tolstoy book coverTash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release date: June 6 2017
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar bloggers, Tash finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.
Now the pressure is on.

meg and linus book coverMeg & Linus by Hanna Nowinksi
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: April 18 2017
Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they’re pretty happy. But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg.

little and lion book coverLittle & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: August 8 2017
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are. And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

juliet takes a breath book coverJuliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Release date: January 27 2016
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing.

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Cordova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: September 6th
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

as i descended book coverAs I Descended by Robin Talley
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: September 6 2016
Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to bring down campus superstar Delilia—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

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Tara is a twenty-something with a love of writing, animals, and life. She's usually reading or writing but if she's not, she's out finding her next great adventure.