7 YA Books You Need to Read If You’re Questioning Your Sexuality

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Algonquin Young Readers

Algonquin Young Readers

I hope that it doesn’t come to this, but if necessary, I will take it to my grave, screaming and crying, that no literary genre captures the essence of having a first love, doomed or otherwise, quite like YA books.

Sometimes, though, it seems like the books that people tout as being the paragon of romance feature only straight characters — The Fault in Our Stars. Eleanor And Park. Forever. All of these books are great, obviously — 10/10, would recommend all of them, etc., etc. — but listing them as the only examples of great romance in YA literature is pretty narrow-minded. Plus, it ignores a large number of YA readers who are, in fact, not straight.

If you’re looking for a change–or are trying to figure out some things about your own sexuality — why don’t you check out these books? All of them feature characters who lie somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum. Plus, they’re just really good books. Anyone can (and should) read them:

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