We think about romance a lot around here, and are always searching for stories that explore love in all its glory. While these books aren’t all romances at their core, the love story in each of them is wonderful and complex. Here are 12 books with LGBTQ+ love stories you need to add to your list right now.
12 LGBTQIA+ Love Stories You Need To Read
1. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke. Nothing says love like trying to get to the bottom of a cult.
2. Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith
Chris is a transgender teen still processing a frightening assault from last year. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister. When a near-fatal car accident brings them together, their rocky start makes them want nothing to do with each other, but they just can’t seem to stay away. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds. But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?
3. All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick
Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend Carter, the town gold boy, unaware that he is cheating on her with Rosalie Bell. Rosalie is tired of maintaining a fake, straight relationship and hiding her identity from her Christian fundamentalist parents.When an anonymous texter threatens to spill their secrets, Amanda and Rosalie become unlikely allies in a fight to unmask their stalker before Private uproots their lives.
4. Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
Maren’s dreams of a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia are whisked away when Kaia is kidnapped by the Aurati, the emperor’s prophetic agents. Desperate to save her, Maren hatches a plan to steal one of the emperor’s coveted dragons and storm the Aurati stronghold. With time running out, can Maren survive long enough to rescue Kaia from impending death? Or could it be that Maren is destined for something greater than she could have ever imagined?
5. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Tanner Scott, who identifies as bisexual, comes to terms with his feelings towards Sebastian Brother, all while living in a conservative Mormon community in Provo, Utah.
6. The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
Elena Mendoza is just your typical teenager working a thankless job while crushing hard on Freddie, the girl who’s eye she hopes to catch. Their story is anything but simple, especially since Elena is tasked with saving the world.
7. The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
Brooke struggles with her identity and trying to come to terms with her life when she meets Dani, a girl who really helps Brook change her perspective on what life is all about.
8. The True Queen by Sarah Fine
The third book in the Impostor Queen series combines fantasy, action, and romance. Elli and Ansa’s relationship, both platonic and romantic, is important as they try to keep their kingdom from crumbling.
9. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
Natasha didn’t expect Unhappy Families, her web series adaptation of Anna Karenina, to go viral. Nor did she expect the complications it would bring to her love life and coming out as a romantic asexual.
10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. At first they seem to have nothing in common, but as they spend more time together, a friendship blossoms, and along with it a sweet romance.
11. Social Intercourse by Greg Howard
A gay teen living in South Carolina has his world turned upside-down by a jock in this laugh-out-loud novel that’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets The Parent Trap. As Beck and Jax plot to get their parents (Beck’s dad, Jax’s mom) to split, hearts are broken, new romance blooms, but nothing will go down the way they planned.
12. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
Queer punk girl Rosina Suarez is one of three protagonists who start an anonymous group to resist the sexist culture at their school in Amy Reed’s The Nowhere Girls. While not the primary focus of the novel, Rosina’s crush-turned-romance with sweet cheerleader Melissa definitely makes our hearts swoon.
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