Is June almost here already?! It feels like time is both slowing and flying by. Well, we have a new batch of Free Reads that are sure to help the time pass.
Since June is Pride Month, we will be featuring some must-read books that have LGBTQIA+ characters!
Every Book That You Can Read FOR FREE on Riveted by Simon Teen in June 2020
1. 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. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
2. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka suddenly finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust in the limelight: She’s gone viral. And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with a fellow award nominee suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual. Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?
3. The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
A twisted family tragedy has left Brooke and her siblings on their own. In her last year of high school, Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction as she struggles to find her true place in the world, to navigate her first true romance with new friend Dani, and to learn how to let go of the past.
4. At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since second grade and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—then Tommy vanished. More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie. But as Ozzie tries to find Tommy, he starts to develop feelings for his new physics partner, Calvin. Can you call it a love triangle when one of the people involved doesn’t technically exist?
5. With or Without You by Brian Farrey
Evan and Davis get beaten up for being loners. For being gay. For just being themselves. When they’re recruited to join the Chasers, a fringe crowd that promises them protection and status, Evan is caught between his best friend and his boyfriend, Erik. Evan has lied to keep his two worlds separate. Now those same lies could destroy the very relationships he’s trying to protect.
1. Love At First Fight by Sandhya Menon
Join Dimple and Rishi as they do an escape room in this exclusive short story from Sandhya Menon! You’ll also see how Pinky and Samir met for the first time before you can read about them in 10 Things I Hate About Pinky.
2. As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon
Will Dimple and Rishi find their happily ever after? Find out in this funny, romantic, endlessly charming e-novella sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi!
3. The Thief by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
A short story prequel to Sky Without Stars about the origins of fan-favorite character, Chatine!
4. These Precious Scars by Emily Suvada
A haunting short story prequel to the Mortal Coil series.
1. Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson
Hutchinson was depressed. He was also an outsider because of his sexual orientation. Eventually, everything combusted leading to an attempt to take his own life. When depression starts talking, it’s hard to convince yourself it’s not telling you the truth. Hutchinson did make it out okay, though. More than okay. And his story is one of hope that everybody should read.
2. When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
Find out what happens when a little bit of magic goes wrong. The darkly funny book will be impossible to put down until you’ve finished the whole thing!
3. Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
Did someone say f/f romance with dragons?! Oh yea, that’s right, I did! Follow Maren as she sets out to rescue her girlfriend by stealing a dragon from the corrupt emperor and infiltrating the empire in disguise.
4. All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick
In this taut, tense thriller about two teens who find their lives intertwined when an anonymous texter threatens to spill their secret. Amanda Kelly is the daughter of small town social climbers, dating real estate heir Carter Shaw. Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend against her Christian fundamentalist parents by carrying on a fake relationship with Carter on the side. Now, Amanda and Rosalie are roped into a bid to take Carter down and unmask their stalker, known as Private, before Private uproots their lives.
5. Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith
This book is beautifully written, filled with both touching and heartbreaking moments. Chris has recently come out as transgender and love is the last thing on his mind as he’s still processing the terrify assault he survived a year ago. Maia is still trying to find where she fits in as she grieves the death of her older sister. But when a near-fatal car accident brings the two of them together, they might just find a way to move forward.
6. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
Halle Levitte loves her online best friend, Nash, a talented graphic novelist who loves books as much as she does. The only problem – Nash is in love with Kels, Halle’s online alter ego. So when he moves to her town and she finds herself falling for him even more, things get complicated. Because Nash has no idea that Halle is Kels.