A selection of books starring some of our favourite LGBTQIA+ characters
This incredible collaborative YA novel was written by seven bestselling UK YA authors, including some LGBTQ+ voices. Each author has written a different character – but who wrote which part is a mystery that it’s up to the reader to solve . . . Floored is ultimately about the highs and lows of a friendship group, but it also includes a beautiful and complex romance with one bisexual protagonist.
Boy Meets Hamster is a funny and touching romance between two teenage boys, set at a holiday camp in Cornwall. This is Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging meets Love, Simon, and it is a lot of fun.
Jolene and Jody Barton are twins, who have both fallen in love with the same guy – but Jolene’s superior flirting skills leave Jody totally out of the running. Only there’s something nobody knows about Jody Barton . . .
Rebekah has lived on the island her whole life, and until recently, had never imagined what life might be like outside her strict religious community. But when another teenage girl, Alex, is sent to join the community to escape her dark past, the two girls strike up a strong friendship. And when a kiss between the girls is witnessed by another islander, there’s nowhere to escape.
After the death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody, his secret is revealed to the world: Joss was trans, a fact that even his adopted son Colman never knew. Trumpet is a tender and moving story of love, gender and private lives made suddenly public.
In 1960s San Francisco, siblings Kip and Jeannie find themselves half-orphaned after their mother dies in mysterious circumstances. Kip enlists to fight in Vietnam, and Jeannie gets pregnant and settles down to married suburban life. But while Kip is accused of a military crime, Jeannie is seduced by a younger girl who entices her to join an anti-war organisation.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Stranger’s Child is a family mystery that spans the generations, with a love triangle at its heart between charismatic poet Cecil Vance, and brother and sister George and Daphne Sawle.
What Belongs To You is an award-winning novel of desire and obsession, about an American teacher living in Bulgaria who enters a relationship with a hustler. As their relationship turns volatile, the teacher is forced to grapple with the demons of his past, and the childhood in which his queerness was never accepted.