Book Releases: LGBT YA Books of January-June 2020

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you might be aware that I (Anna) tend to read YA literature. Well, not exclusively, but I sure enjoy it a lot. So for me to make a post solely about YA releases was really just a matter of time…

There are about 100 books listed here, getting publish from Janury to June 2020. Hopefully I didn’t miss anything but as a disclaimer: this is a list of all LGBT YA upcoming books I know about today. For books out between July and December 2020, head over here.

The books are divided by publication month and each has the rep listed (in as detailed way, as we were able to find out). Books by LGBT authors also have a rainbow emoji next to them.

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JANUARY

🌈 Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (bi mc, lesbian & trans side characters)
City of Stone and Silence by Django Wexler (f/f relationship, bi mc, side lgbt characters)
🌈 We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding (f/f relationship, bi mc)
🌈 Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (f/f relationship)
🌈 19 Love Songs by David Levithan (gay mcs; short stories)

🌈 The Storm of Life by Amy Rose Capetta (genderfluid mcs)
Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward (wlw mc)
🌈 Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (trans mc)
🌈 Infinity Son by Adam Silvera (Puerto Rican gay mc, Dominican-American mlm mc)
🌈 Spellhacker by M. K. England (wlw mc, nb li, bi, lesbian & gay side characters)

🌈 Blood Sport by Tash McAdam (trans mc)
Blood Countess by Lana Popović (lesbian mc, bi li) tw excessive violence, torture sequences, abuse, death
She by Franceska Krence (f/f relationship)
🌈 The Wrath of Wolves by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood (m/m relationship)
Haskell Himself by Gary Seigel (gay mc)
🌈 Diamond City by Francesca Flores (bi mc)

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FEBRUARY

You and Me and Misery by Rayel Louis-Charles (lesbian mc)
🌈 Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller (f/f relationship, bi mc)
🌈 The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper (mlm mc, Black mlm li with depression)
🌈 Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans (nonbinary mc, other lgb characters)
Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland (bi mc)

🌈 Wranglestone by Darren Charlton (gay mc & li)
Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal (f/f relationship, m/m relationship, bi, nonbinary & trans characters)
Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto (bi mc, m/m side relationship)
Rebelwing by Andrea Tang (Korean American bi character, lesbian character)
🌈 We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia (lesbian mc, sapphic li)

The King of Crows by Libba Bray (lesbian mc, gay mc)
The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne (lesbian mc)
Heartstopper, Vol 3 by Alice Oseman (m/m relationship)
🌈 Ceremonials by Katharine Coldiron (f/f relationship)
History of Magic by L.C. Mawson (f/f relationship)

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow (wlw mc)
🌈 The Unfairfolk by Sara Wolf (bi mc, nb side character)
🌈 Hearts Are Jerks by Gabrielle Harbowy (wlw mc, wlw li, f/f/m relationship)

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MARCH

🌈 The First 7 by Laura Pohl (bi mc)
🌈 Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales (gay mc, bi Venezulean li, bi side character) tw cancer, off-page death, homophobia, biphobia, fatphobia
🌈 Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer (f/f relationship, bi mc)
🌈 When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey (f/f relationship)
🌈 Havenfall by Sara Holland (bi mc)

🌈 The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett (lesbian mc, sapphic li, nonbinary side characters)
🌈 The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (poc lesbian mc, lesbian li, wlw & mlm side characters) tw physical and emotional abuse
🌈 Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco (gay mc, nonbinary mc)
Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera (f/f relationship, lesbian mc)
The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven (bi mc, side m/m relationship)

Lab Partners by Mora Montgomery (gay mc & li, gay characters) tw bullying, homophobia, outing
🌈 A Phoenix First Must Burn ed. by Patrice Caldwell (gnc mcs)
Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari (f/f relationship)
🌈 We Were Promised Spotlights by Lindsay Sproul (lesbian mc, lesbian & bi side characters) tw for homophobia, lesbophobic slurs, child abuse, outing
🌈 We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia (mlm mc)

🌈 Music from Another World by Robin Talley (lesbian mc, bi mc, gay side character)
Look by Zan Romanoff (f/f relationship, bi mc)
🌈 Queerleaders by M. B. Guel (f/f relationship, lesbian mc) tw outing
🌈 Livingston Girls by Briana Morgan (f/f relationship)
🌈 Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-O!, Vol. 2 by Carly Usdin & Nina Vakueva (wlw mcs, poc mcs)

🌈 The Mixtape to My Life by Jake Martinez (m/m relationship, Mexican-American mc)
🌈 Silver Beasts by Emma Sterner-Radley (wlw & mlm characters)
 πŸŒˆ I’ll See You Again by Chris Bedell (m/m relationship, bi mc)

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APRIL

🌈 Crown of Smoke by P. M. Freestone (bi mc)
🌈 The Stone of Sorrow by Brooke Carter (f/f relationship, nb side character)
🌈 The Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy (f/f relationship)
🌈 Somebody Told Me by Mia Siegert (bigender mc) tw assault
Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost (wlw mc)

🌈 Fin & Rye & Fireflies by Harry Cook (gay mc) tw outing, conversion therapy
🌈 Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen (lesbian mc, wlw li, gay side character, bisexual Panamanian side character, gay Black side character)
🌈 The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman (bi mcs)
🌈 Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan (m/f relationship, bi mcs)
The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe (gay mc)

🌈 All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson (memoir)
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie (m/m relationship)
🌈 Fourteen by Shannon Molloy (memoir)
We Didn’t Ask for This by Adi Alsaid (gay mc)
Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley (bi mc, f/f relationship)

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MAY

🌈 The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Japanese-coded wlw mc, Black genderfluid mc, nonbinary side character) tw mentions of rape, on-page torture, implied torture of side character, misogyny, alcohol abuse, on-page mutilation
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton (trans, bi & nonbinary side characters)
🌈 Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn (half-Black lesbian mc, bi mc, gay mc, f/f side m/m relationship)
🌈 Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (Black trans mlm demiboy mc, Black Bengali mlm li, lesbian sc, mixed-race Black, Puerto Rican & white gay sc, poc sapphic sc, sapphic sc, gay sc, nonbinary sc) tw transphobia (exposing old pictures and deadname, transphobic messages), mentions of past emotional abuse, absent parent
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Afro Dominican American lesbian mc, Black wlw li)

🌈 Burn by Patrick Ness (gay mc, Guatemalan Canadian gay li)
🌈 The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos (gay mc)
House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess (lesbian mc)
🌈 The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (Bengali Muslim lesbian mc, Afro-Brazilian Irish bi li)
The Boy in the Red Dress by Kristin Lambert (bi mc, gay drag queen side, side lesbian)

🌈 Date Me, Bryson Keller! by Kevin van Whye (mixed-race Black & white gay mc, mlm li, gay side character) tw homophobia, bullying, fights, outing, another very public outing, unsupportive parents
🌈 This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling (lesbian mc, bi li, trans side character)
🌈 The Names We Take by Trace Kerr (bi trans mc)
🌈 Out Now: Queer We Go Again ed. by Saundra Mitchell (lgbt characters; short stories)
🌈 Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith (trans mc) tw transphobia, lesbophobia, assault, suicidal ideation

🌈 Camp by L.C. Rosen ( gay Jewish mc, half-Korean gay Jewish li, Middle Eastern gay Jewish side character, demi lesbian side character, Afro-Brazilian-American wlw side character, Black trans side character, nonbinary side character, gay side characters)
🌈 Hideous Beauty by William Hussey (m/m relationship) tw rape
🌈 Wonderland by Juno Dawson (trans pansexual mc, gay, lesbian & bisexual side characters)
🌈 Night Owls and Summer Skies by Rebecca Sullivan (lesbian mc with depression, anxiety & PTSD, wlw li, wlw side character)
Cada Seis Meses by Clara Duarte (f/f relationship)
Parachutes by Kelly Yang (Chinese lesbian side character)

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JUNE

🌈 Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran (lesbian mc, poc lesbian mc, lesbian, gay & bi side characters)
If We Were Us by K. L. Walther (gay mc, Japanese American gay li)
🌈 The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska (bi mc, poc sapphic mc, sapphic parents) August 4 for US release
🌈 The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson (gay demi mc, Mexican-American gay li)
🌈 Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha (Brazilian cast and setting, gay mcs, HIV positive mcs, gay side characters, drag queen side characters; translation)

The Summer of Impossibilities by Rachael Allen (lesbian mc, Jewish bi mc, side wlw characters)
🌈 You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (Black bi mc, wlw li)
🌈 You Don’t Live Here by Robyn Schneider (f/f relationship, bi mc)
🌈 Short Stuff ed. by Alysia Constantine (lgbt characters; short stories)
🌈 The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth (lesbian mc & li)

🌈 You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez & Julia Maroh (Black gay mc, Asian-American gay li)
🌈 I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee (bi mc & li, lesbian side characters)
🌈 The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell (lesbian mc, wlw li, bi mc, nonbinary li, bi side characters, side polyamory)
🌈 I Will Be Okay by Bill Elenbark (m/m relationship)
🌈 Power Inversion by Sara Codair (nonbinary mc)
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The Book of Snow & Silence by ZoΓ« Marriott (f/f relationship) tw drowning, seizures, anxiety, aggressive animals, off-page hunting, a form of modern slavery, guns

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Which titles are your most anticipated?

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anna

16 Replies to “Book Releases: LGBT YA Books of January-June 2020”

  1. GAH I want to read so many of these! One that you missed is Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett, coming out April 21st! It’s the sequel to Foundryside, and as of the first book, the main character is in a f/f relationship (or at least her love interest is female…I don’t know if they count as an official “couple,” but if they aren’t yet, they’ve already kissed and are well on their way, and I have a feeling they’ll get there in this second book). I’m super hyped for that one–Foundryside was excellent and didn’t get nearly as much recognition as it needed!

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      1. Eh, it’s one of those that’s technically shelved with adult, but it has crossover appeal. The main character, Sancia, is a teen, though other characters around her are adults. And (to my recollection) there wasn’t any graphic sex or any other excessively mature content–like I don’t think it was any darker than Six of Crows, for example. So it’s in that gray area, ya know?

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  2. Thank you so much for this list! I was looking for books to read during this lockdown, and I think I am going to start with Blood Countess. Elizabeth Bathory is such an interesting character, and I love the focus on Anna here.

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