Diversity Friday, General

5 Contemporary LGBTQ+ books! (Diversity Friday #2)

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Hello, lovelies!

Oh, and happy Easter to all of you! No matter if you actually celebrate it or not at least it means a few days off for most of you and a good excuse to eat some chocolate, at least that´s what I´m doing… 😉

Today, it´s Friday which means I´m recommending you some books that all are diverse reads and that I believe have that spirit. This week I´ve  decided to give it a bit of a theme by recommending 5 books that all include Queer/LGBTQ+. I´ve linked all the titles to their respective Goodreads pages so make sure to click the links so you can add them to your own TBR!

This time around, unlike last week, these are all titles that I haven´t read yet either although I have them on my TBR and I love the sound of the blurbs for them. Let me know in the comments if you have read any of them, what you thought or maybe if you´d like me to review any of them in the future!

That said, here´s this week’s diverse reads:

Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

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Who to love? Who to choose? Where to live?

These are all thoughts going through the mind of Will Caynes. He´s never been very good with girls and at seventeen he´s  still waiting for his first kiss. What he doesn´t expect is for that first kiss to be with his best friend Angus. Later, Will meets Brandy, a cute and easy-to-talk-to sophomore and get´s  feelings for her too.

This confuses him. He likes Brandy, so he´s not gay, but then kissing Angus wasn´t exactly bad either. Will knows someone will get hurt, including himself as he must try to find himself and decide what way to go.

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

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Okay, quick note before the blurb – how freaking adorable is this cover!

This contemporary takes place in Georgia, USA and follows Joanna Gordon, who has been out and proud for years. But, when her evangelist father remarries and moves them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome things change – her dad asks her to do the impossible and lie low the rest of her senior year. Worst of all – Joanna agrees.

Now Joanna has to try to live as a straight girl as she can´t think to break her promise to her father. But there is something tempting her at her new school.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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This very popular book from Becky Albertalli (who also just recently released The Upside of Unrequited) follows Simon Spier, a not-so-out-or-openly gay guy who prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But, when an email falls into the wrong hands his secret risks getting put in the spotlight. These wrong hands are blackmailing Simon and if he doesn´t play wingman to class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone´s business.

Now there´s messy dynamics in his once tight-knit group of friends, things are becoming flirtier with his secret email pen pal and Simon knows his junior year has now gotten all kinds of complicated.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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This quite recently published little contemporary I think would suit any geeky nerd out there definitely something I´m going to try to get my hands on soon!

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever. Charlie likes to stand out and she sees SupaCon as her chance of showing the public she´s over her breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. Taylor, on the other side, likes to blend in. She fears change and if there is one thing she knows it´s that her friendship with Jamie will never change – even if she secretly wants it to.

When she then hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts rethinking her rules on playing it safe.

I´ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Jude is very close with her twin brother, Noah. At thirteen, Noah is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door while daredevil Jude is cliff-diving and wearing red lipstick as she does the talking for both of them.

But, three years later, Noah and Jude are barely speaking as something happens that wrecks the twins in different directions. The early years are Noah´s story to tell and the later are Jude´s – what none of them realize is that each only has half the story and if they´d find their way back to each other, maybe they would have a chance to remake their world.

And that´s it! All of these sound like lovely, romance-y reads to me, perfect for spring/summer!

Now I´m going back to eating chocolate! Have a lovely Easter weekend and happy reading!

/Amanda

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