This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is ‘Favourite LGBTQ+ Reads’. I really like this topic, so it wasn’t hard for me to create a list.
1. Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley
This is my favourite one on the list. Dating Sarah Cooper follows two best friends, Sarah and Katie, who go to High School and are one day mistaken for a couple and decide to go along with the charade. It is remiss of the show Faking It, but better, in my opinion. Definitely give it a read if you want something fun and cute!
2. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Sing You Home has a great premise. It was the first LGBTQ+ book I read when I was fourteen-years-old, but I read it because I liked Jodi Picoult. It is mainly about Zoe, who is married to Max, and has suffered through multiple miscarriages. When they subsequently divorce, Zoe finds love with Vanessa, and the two decide to have a baby. However, Max objects to this decision because of his changed perspective on life and religion. There is a reason that Max’s blessing is important, and the two battle over what is morally right. The story is fairly complex and goes over the course of several years. As I read it over six years ago, I cannot remember much about it, but I still vividly remember some parts of it.
3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This is definitely one of my favourite young adult books. In I’ll Give You the Sun, Noah and Jude are twins that now barely speak. In Noah’s side of the story, he is thirteen-years-old, discovering his sexuality, shy, friendless, and dedicated to his art. In Jude’s side, she is sixteen-years-old, struggling with her artistry, on a boy boycott, and abiding by her strange dead grandmother’s bible. The LGBTQ+ character in this story is Noah, who is quite young, but very obviously in love with his neighbour-turned-friend. I read it really quickly and loved it.
4. Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden
This book recently came out and I really loved reading it. It is a romance book with two girls, Margaret and Courtney. They fall in love over several summers, but when Courtney comes back to Margaret’s small town after several years, their reunion is cold. Eventually, we learn what happened between them and why it has been so long since they last spoke. The romance is the best part about this story, and it progresses at a realistic pace. It is very light and easy to read.
5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is about two boys named Will Grayson who meet on a random night out. They become friends, but come from different schools and lives. One of the Will’s (mostly referred to as ‘Tiny’) is gay, and is rather unpopular among his peers. He is certainly the more memorable Will Grayson, and I cannot even remember the storyline for the other Will Grayson. It is very funny, and there is a hilarious scene towards the end that I loved.
- Have you read any of these LGBTQ+ reads?