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35 Of The Best New LGBT YA Books, From Fantasy To Romance

We are living in a golden age of new LGBT YA books, friends! These days, we are fortunate enough to have tons of choices when it comes to queer YA books, LGBT YA fantasy, and more! Featuring a wide range of topics, genres, and a whole spectrum of identities, YA is more diverse than ever…and hopefully we’ll continue to see more great novels beyond gay and lesbian YA in the future! Here’s a list of 35 YA LGBT books that have come out in 2020!

Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen

Cody and her queer friends are ready to branch out this year and start dating, but things don’t go as planned when Cody finds a new friend group and new crush.

The Friend Scheme by Cale Dietrech

Matt’s dad is a criminal and he’s expected to be loyal to his family, no matter what–but then Matt meets Jason, and everything changes. But what if Jason isn’t the person he thought?

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

In present day, Rosella steps into a pair of red shoes that force to to dance, and her friend Emil is reminded of an old family story about when he dancing curse swept through Strasbourg, France.

I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch

Two girls, competitors at a fine arts high school, find themselves unknowingly collaborating on an online webcomic under screen names–and falling for one another.

The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell

In this queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red,” Rosie and Ivory have grown up in the circus, but when Rosie experiences a tragic accident during her tightrope act, it’s up to Ivory to put things right.

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

A pirate and a lady meet aboard a pirate ship, and sparks fly between them as they decide to escape and make their own futures–and tangle with magical beings along the way.

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner

When two teen girls find themselves burned by the same guy, they decide to join forces and assemble an all-girls mock trial team to take down the guys.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Henderson

Liz can’t wait to head to college, but when her funding falls through, she turns to the annual prom king and queen competition, which comes with a scholarship. Only it turns out that she’s running for prom queen against her new crush!

Look by Zan Romanoff

Lulu is an Instagram influencer with followers, a blooming career, and an amazing boyfriend–but she nearly loses all of it when a video of her and another girl goes viral. Now she has to figure out who she is, offline.

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Nirrim lives in a ward where the rules are harsh and punishments extreme, and she habors dark secrets. But when a stranger tries to convince her to seek a better life for herself, she has to decide if the risk of trusting someone is worth the possibly payoff.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

When Felix, a trans teen, is bullied by having his old pictures and dead name shared, he decides to engage in a cat fishing scheme to figure out who his bully is, with unexpected results.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

When Yadriel’s family doesn’t truly accept him for who he is, he decides to prove himself a brujo and summons a ghost..but not the one he intended to. Instead, Yadriel must help the ghost of Julian tie off some loose ends before letting him go.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

In a world where girls must attend a ball and be chosen as wives, or disappear altogether, Sophia decides to run away from the ball, and finds herself in Cinderella’s mausoleum, making a plan to fight back against the patriarchy.

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

Two young women come together to wander the desert and uncover dark secrets–one is a storyteller who bears witness to the pain her people experience, and one is the daughter of an oppressor.

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

When Connor comes out to his mom and she responds by sending him to conversion therapy camp, he decides to escape, along with his fellow campers. But in order to do that, he has to uncover the terrifying secrets behind the camp, and he might not make it out alive.

Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram

In this sequel to Darius the Great is Not Okay, Darius finds himself back home in the States, juggling family,school, soccer, friendships, and his feelings for two different boys.

The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig

August lives in a town that’s at a confluence of supernatural energy, ergo there’s a ton of supernatural activity. But he tries to stay away from all that, until the day a hot vampire arrives and give him a cryptic warning, and suddenly August is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy.

Stay Gold by Tobly Smith

Pony switches schools his senior year so he can attend a school where people don’t know his as the transgender kid, and he quickly encounters Georgia, a cheerleader, and sparks fly.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

When Nishat comes out to her family, she doesn’t expect joy, but she’s shocked at how her parents refuse to acknowledge it. Then she becomes locked into a competition against another girl at school for the best henna design business, stirring uo mixed feelings.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

In the novel in verse, Michael is a biracial teen living in London who discovers confidence in himself and his indentity when he discovers the Drag Society.

The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

When Saoirse and Ruby meet, they agree: they’ll merely have a summer fling full of fun dates, but no strings attached and definitely no expectations to try long distance once the summer is over…but things don’t always go according to plan.

Only Mostly Devasted by Sophie Gonzalez

Will and Ollie have a fantastic summer together, but come fall Will stops testing Ollie back. Then his family has to move unexpectedly across the country, and lo and behold, Will is at Ollie’s new school…but very closeted.

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

Skye is a confident and outgoing singer and dancer–and she’s also fat and bisexual, and the former makes her stand out when she enters a K-pop competition, determined to win.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Cal and Leon come together when their parents are both chosen to go on a space mission. As they prepare for launch and face intense media scrutiny, they begin to fall for one another…until a secret could wreck everything.

Camp by L.C. Rosen

At Camp Outland, Randy can be himself and finds his passion for musical theater. This year, though, he’s determined to reinvent himself to attract the attention of Hudson, his long-time crush, with mixed results.

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

In this essay-style memoir, Johnson recounts some of the most formative moments in his childhood and young adult years, offering beautiful and powerful insights into gender, masculinity, family, and what it means to be yourself.

Music From Another World by Robin Talley

Set in 1977, this story is about two girls who find themselves pushing back against anti-gay sentiments in their homes and communities and connect as pen pals.

Girl Serpent Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Soraya is a princess poisonous to the touch, but when she becomes determined to break her curse, it could mean betraying her entire family.

Out Now: Queer We Go Again edited by Saundra Mitchell

This is a fun collection of contemporary stories starring queer teens and written by some of the best YA writers working right now!

The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinka

Lina lives in a society where each year a boy must be given as a sacrifice to the Witch Queen in order to hold back flood waters–and when the Witch Queen takes someone that Lina cares about, she offers herself in his stead, not expecting that she will fall in love with the queen.

Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall

Corrine is secretly dating Maggie, not yet ready to tell the world that she’s bisexual. But when Maggie dies unexpectedly, Corrine is left in a weird limbo, mourning a girl no one knew she loved.

Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

When Emanuela ignores the call of the watercress, magical beings who turn blood into water for their city, the consequences become dire, and to make up for her mistake she finds herself on a race to discover the magical secret before her home runs out of water.

Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore

Lita and Chicky are two ex-best friends who team up together to help Lita win the Miss Meteor pageant in their hometown and prove to themselves and others that girls like them are capable of achieving anything.

We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding

James and Kat were inseparable all throughout school, but something happened senior year that sent them spiraling in opposite directions, and now they have to face an uncertain future without each other. 

We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia

Nandan has big plans for his junior year, but hooking up with his best friend Dave was not on the agenda. Now he’s questioning his identity and sexuality while trying to figure out an awkward social life. All the while he wonders–is taking a risk for love worth it?

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Two sisters from different countries learn of each other when their father dies in a plane crash, and must figure out their relationship and identity while grieving.

Want more great LGBT YA books? Check out this list of 100 must-read LGBTQIA+ YA novels, and our round up of some of the cutest LGBTQ+ books!

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