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YA Shout Outs: #OtherworldlyPride

Looking for LGBTQ+ books to read during Pride Month? As a part of our #OtherworldlyPride celebration, Tor Teen authors are sharing their favorite LGBTQ+ YA books that you should add to your TBR this year!

Read more about the books in Tor Teen’s #OtherworldlyPride campaign here!


How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters

“I had the pleasure of meeting Julian Winters before he was a published author. It has been wonderful to witness his journey into publishing his first, second and third novels with a fourth on the way. While I loved his first two novels, it’s his third–How to Be Remy Cameron–that reminded me why voices like his are necessary. How to Be Remy Cameron is heartfelt, joyous, and delightfully queer. Remy, a Black boy who came out at age fourteen, is a dynamic narrator and throughout the novel, Julian explores the idea of labels and identity and what they mean for our past, present and future. The romance is swoon-worthy in this character-driven book, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what Julian comes up with next.”

TJ Klune, author of Flash Fire


Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

“I have to recommend Rosiee Thor’s Tarnished Are the Stars, a queer YA sci-fi about a girl with a clockwork heart, the boy tasked with hunting her down, and the spy sent to sabotage him. Featuring a fantastic f/f romance and some much-needed aroace representation, this one is a must-read for all my fellow space-gays.”

Charlotte Nicole Davis, author of The Sisters of Reckoning

 


In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan is not only an inventive, hilarious fantasy, but it’s also features one of my favorite bisexual disasters. All sexualities are accepted in the Other Lands, making any coming out moments joyful and not tense. The lead character is a bisexual and a total mess, which I love. His bisexuality is a part of him – and allows for a fantastic love triangle – but it doesn’t define him as much as his curiosity, his pacifism, his smart mouth, and his loyal friendship. In the Other Lands, all queer folk are allowed to be rich, fully-realized characters who go on grand and fantastical adventure.”


Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“In late 2015, as I was struggling with the seemingly endless mountain of rejections I’d gotten from agents on Anger is a Gift, I began to believe the more cynical opinions I had heard from people in my life: the publishing world was not going to publish books centering queer people of color. It was around this time that a close friend handed me a copy of a book they insisted I read immediately: Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe. I devoured it, both because I was hungry for a book like that and because I needed it. But it also taught me the power of possibility: You could write a book about two queer boys. You could write about the conflict of them existing in a world that didn’t necessarily treat them kindly. You could write a story that was true and specific and relatable and meaningful. Aristotle and Dante gave me hope that one day, my queer little book could exist in the world.”

Dreadnought by April Daniels

“I think about Dreadnought by April Daniels all the time — this trans superhero coming-of-age novel changed how I thought about both superheroes and coming of age. Danny Tozer’s transition is bound up with her superhero origin story, proving that her real superpower is being true to herself and facing down the haters. Daniels keeps coming up with ways to make Danny’s heroic journey both more harrowing and more delightful. I didn’t even know how much I needed Dreadnought until I had read it, and now I keep urging everyone I know to read it.”

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