To celebrate LGBT month, we’ve put together 10 books that are a must read!
The art of being normal, Lisa Williamson
David is funny and quirky and has always felt different from other people – but he also has a huge secret that only his two best friends know. Ever since he can remember, he has felt like a girl trapped in the body of a boy.
Read me like a book, Liz Kessler
Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling – that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It’s enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents’ marriage troubles. There’s just one thing bothering her… Shouldn’t it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way – not Miss Murray, her English teacher? A thought-provoking coming out story from a highly skilled author.
What we left behind, Robin Talley
Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college they’re sure their relationship will stay rock solid. The reality of being apart, however, is very different. Toni’s discovering a new world – and a new gender identity – but Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside of their relationship. While Toni worries that Gretchen won’t understand Toni’s shifting identity, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in this puzzle. Now they must decide if their love is strong enough to last.
The secret life of Oscar Wilde, Neil Mckenna
Neil McKenna’s The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde charts fully for the first time Oscar’s astonishing erotic odyssey through Victorian London’s sexual underworld. Oscar Wilde emerges as a man driven personally and creatively by his powerful desires for sex with men, and Neil McKenna argues compellingly and convincingly that Oscar’s Wilde’s life and work can only be fully understood and appreciated in terms of his sexuality. The book draws of a vast range of sources, many of them previously unpublished, and includes startling new material like the statements made to the police by the male prostitutes and blackmailers ranged against Oscar Wilde at his trial which have been lost for over a century.
Sugar rush, Julie Burchill
Sixteen-year-old Kim is horrified when her dad tells her she’s got to leave her posh private school and go to infamous Ravendene Comprehensive, ‘the source and inspiration of five thousand urban myths and horror stories’. How will she survive in this wild and hormonal adolescent jungle? But then Kim meets gorgeous Maria (better known as Sugar) Sweet, queen of the ‘Ravers’, and falls instantly under her spell. Leaving her restrained, good-girl past far behind, Kim finds herself not only drawn into Sugar’s exciting and daring life – but also asking herself a disturbing question: has she fallen deeply in love with her best friend?
Boy meets boy, David Levithan
Love meets love. Confusion meets clarity. Boy meets boy. To be together with someone for twenty years seems like an eternity. I can’t seem to manage twenty days. How do you stay together? Paul has been gay his whole life and he’s confident about almost everything. He doesn’t have to hide his feelings like best friend Tony or even cope with loving the wrong guy like his other best friend Joni. But heartbreak can happen to anyone. Falling in love changes everything.
Postcards from No Man’s Land, Aiden Chambers
Jacob Todd is abroad on his own for the first time, visiting his grandfather’s grave at the annual commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem in Amsterdam. There, he meets Geertrui, a terminally ill old lady, who tells an extraordinary story of love and betrayal, which completely overturns Jacob’s view of himself and his country, and leads him to question his place in the world. Jacob’s story is paralled in time by the events of the dramatic day in World War II when retreating troops were sheltered by Geertrui’s family.
Kiss, Jacqueline Wilson
Sylvie and Carl have been friends since they were tiny children. They’ve always played together, eaten with each other’s families, called each other boyfriend and girlfriend and deep down, Sylvie has always believed that they’d end up married to each other. They even have a magical fantasy world that belongs to them alone – and the glass hut where it’s all created, at the bottom of Carl’s garden. But as they become teenagers, things are starting to change. They each have different friends. Sylvie would still rather spend all her time with Carl. But Carl has a new friend, Paul, who is taking all his attention. And he seems much less happy to be called Sylvie’s boyfriend. And in a game of spin the bottle, he avoids having to kiss her. Sylvie can tell his feelings have changed and that her plans for the future may be affected. But can she guess at the true reasons behind it all? A moving, compelling and delicately handled treatment of sexuality from the Children’s Laureate.
Pretty things, Sarra Manning
Brie is in love with Lancome Juicy Tubes, Louis Vuitton accessories and Charlie, her gay best friend. But Charlie is in love with 1960’s pop art, 1980s teen movies …and serial heartbreaker, Walker. Walker has only ever been in love with his VW Bug, until he meets Daisy. And Daisy is far too busy hating everyone to know what love is… This is a story about kissing people you shouldn’t, falling in love and off your heels, and breaking hearts because there’s nothing to watch on telly.
Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda, Becky Albertalli
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal . . . It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal. Praise for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: ‘I love you, Simon. I love you! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book.’ Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places ‘A remarkable gift of a novel.