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LGBTQIA realism

LoveOzYA Committee Chair, Michael Earp, shares his favourite contemporary queer stories.

The LoveOzYA committee are a group of people who promote fantastic Australian YA and the events taking place across our country. We asked them to step away from their amazing website for a second to share their favourite YA titles.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

This book holds so much beauty, power and hope. The hope is palpable. I can’t recommend it enough.

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

If you want to watch words dance beautifully in front of you doing things you didn’t realise were possible in contemporary realism, then pick this book up immediately. It will give you ALL THE EMOTIONS like an all-you-can-feel buffet!

Simon Vs The HomoSapians Agenda by Becky Albertelli

When narrative voice grabs you and you just have a rollicking good time…

About A Girl by Joanne Horniman

Life continues after high school. I know, crazy right? And it’s not always smooth sailing. But figuring out who you are is a life long journey. Oh, and a bookshop setting!

It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt

Read this. It will destroy you.

The Boy’s Own Manual To Being A Proper Jew by Eli Glasman

So relatable, so accessible, so Melbourne. Sometimes there’s more to it than just being true to you.

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

A novel in three parts/three characters. Grief affects us all. The queer protagonist is superbly drawn.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

So many readers are nerds and proud. (As they should be!) And so nerding-up at a pop culture convention that’s filled with the cutest romances around, what more could you want?

The Flywheel by Erin Gough

Glebe comes alive in this girl meets girl story, where responsibility and growing up comes in all shapes and sizes.

And finally, because I can’t not…

Release by Patrick Ness – This has two simultaneous stories that run parallel but on converge until the end, and only one of them is realism, but I couldn’t resist including it. Ness is my favourite author and Release has become my favourite book of his.

Mind Blowing!

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