June is Pride Month. Any time is a good time to celebrate the lives and experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) people. You can join the Pride movement yourself with this reading list to keep you busy for the rest of June and into the summer.
Click any of the linked titles below to read my reviews.
Hani and Ishu, Follow Your Arrow, Verona Comics, Felix Ever After, The Scapegracers, you should see me in a crown, girl serpent thorn, midnight lie
- Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler: Lara has everything she thought she wanted. But now that she’s gotten the boy of her dreams, why can’t she stop thinking about the girl from her past?
- Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust: When her search for answers and a way to break the curse that makes her touch poison lead Soraya to a guard who claims he can see her for more than her poison and a prisoner in the dungeons who may have the answers Soraya needs, she will have to decide if she will be a princess or a monster.
- Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender: Creating a secret profile to try and out his harasser should be simple since Felix is so sure it’s his longtime nemesis, Declan. But when Felix and Declan start talking, Felix realizes nothing is exactly as it seems–especially Felix’s own feelings for Declan and his best friend Ezra.
- The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke: Sideways is almost as surprised as Jing and Yates and Daisy when the magic she was hired to add to a scare season party works. Party magic soon leads to dead deer in a drained pool, an unknown party guest nearly assaulting Yates, devils, and trouble as the girls start to learn more about the magic they all share and what it means for their fledgling friendship.
- Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan: Neither Jubilee nor Ridley are looking for anything long-term, but their connection is immediately obvious. Unfortunately it’s also immediately inconvenient due to their parents’ intense dislike of each other and their rivalry.
- Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar: What starts as a business transaction to secure Hani acceptance from her biphobic friends in exchange for the visibility Ishu needs to win Head Girl quickly becomes something more when the girls start to realize they might actually like each other. Turns out staging a relationship is a lot easier than trying to start a real one.
- You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson: Prom season is always hectic in Campbell and competition is always fierce. Liz knows most people in Campbell don’t see her as prom queen material. The better question is if Liz is ready to step out of the ensemble and use her solo to convince them otherwise.
- The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg: Maximo and Jordan will have to decide what they’re willing to risk on a fledgling relationship while working on a food truck together during a hot Arizona summer.
- Last Night a the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo: America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown when Red-Scare paranoia is an especially big threat to Lily Hu’s family. The Telegraph Club offers a respite but Lily will still have to decide how much she can afford to risk for her family and her own ambitions to give herself a chance with Kath.
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children takes in used-up miracle children who have outgrown their knack for finding hidden lands. When a new girl, Nancy, arrives it becomes clear that a darkness lurks at the home and it will be up to Nancy and her schoolmates to unravel the secrets of the Home and their own pasts.
- The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee: Sisters Eileen, Claire, and Murphy used to be close. A visionary, a planner, and a performer respectively, the sisters could accomplish amazing things. But that was years ago. Now the girls can barely stand each other. Days before Christmas Eileen receives a letter that could change everything. The sisters have inherited a house that could have answers for Eileen, money for Claire to get out of town, and a chance for Murphy to feel like she’s part of a family again.
- The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski: As Nirrim and Sid search for answers about the secrets of the High Kith and Herath itself, Nirrim will have to decide if doing more than surviving is worth the risk–and the cost.
- Follow Your Arrow by Jessica Verdi: When CeCe’s efforts to keep her public persona a secret go spectacularly wrong CeCe will have to answer uncomfortable questions from Josh and confront the media attention centered around who she chooses to date and the version of herself she chooses to share.