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). Ownvoices books also have a rainbow emoji next to them.

Edit: I am doing my best to keep this post up-to-date with all the publication changes taking place due to COVID-19.



Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (bi mc, lesbian & trans side characters)
City of Stone and Silence by Django Wexler (f/f, bi mc, side lgbt characters)
We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding (f/f, bi mc)
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (f/f)
🌈 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 (m/m)
🌈 Spellhacker by M. K. England (wlw mc, nb li, bi, lesbian & gay sides)

Blood Countess by Lana Popović (f/f)
Blood Sport by Tash McAdam (trans mc)
She by Franceska Krence (f/f)
The Wrath of Wolves by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood (m/m)



You and Me and Misery by Rayel Louis-Charles (lesbian mc)
Belle RΓ©volte by Linsey Miller (f/f, 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, m/m, bi characters, nonbinary & trans characters)
Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto (bi mc, m/m side relationship?)
Rebelwing by Andrea Tang (lgbt characters)
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)
Ceremonials by Katharine Coldiron (f/f)
History of Magic by L.C. Mawson (f/f)

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow (wlw mc)
🌈 The Unfairfolk by Sara Wolf (bi mc, nb side character)



The First 7 by Laura Pohl (bi mc)
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales (gay mc, bi Latino li, bi side character)
Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer (f/f, bi mc)
When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey (wlw mcs, f/f)
🌈 Havenfall by Sara Holland (bi mc)

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett (f/f)
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (f/f)
🌈 Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco (gay mc, nonbinary mc)
Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera (f/f, lesbian mc)
The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven (bi mc, side m/m)

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)
🌈 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, bi mc)
Queerleaders by M. B. Guel (f/f, lesbian mc) tw outing
Livingston Girls by Briana Morgan (f/f)
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, Mexican-American mc)
Silver Beasts by Emma Sterner-Radley (wlw & mlm characters)
 πŸŒˆ I’ll See You Again by Chris Bedell (m/m, bi mc)



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

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

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



🌈 When You Get the Chance by Tom Ryan & Robin Stevenson (gay mc, q*eer mc) edit: pushed to 2021 due to COVID-19
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (f/genderfluid, poc)
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton (trans, bi & nonbinary side characters)
🌈 The Extraordinaries by T. J. Klune (m/m, gay mc with ADHD, bi li, lesbian side characters) edit: pushed to July 14 due to COVID-19
🌈 Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn (half-Black lesbian mc, bi mc, gay mc, f/f side m/m)

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke (lesbian mc, wlw li, Black sapphic mc, Chinese American bi mc, mlm side characters) edit: pushed to September 15 due to COVID-19
🌈 Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (trans mc)
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (f/f)
🌈 Burn by Patrick Ness (side m/m)
🌈 The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos (gay mc)

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess (lesbian mc)
🌈Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (f/f, bi mc)
edit: pushed to July 7 due to COVID-19
🌈 The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (f/f, lesbian mc, 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 (gay mc, m/m)

🌈 This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling (lesbian mc, bi li, trans side character)
Boys of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson (m/m)
🌈 The Names We Take by Trace Kerr (bi trans mc)
🌈 The Friend Scheme by Cale Dietrich (m/m) edit: pushed to July 28 due to COVID-19
🌈 The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley (wlw mc) edit: pushed to December 1 due to COVID-19

🌈 Out Now: Queer We Go Again ed. by Saundra Mitchell (lgbt characters)
🌈 Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith (trans mc)
🌈 I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch (f/f, lesbian mc, bi mc) edit: pushed to July 28 due to COVID-19
🌈 Camp by Lev A. C. Rosen (m/m, gay Jewish mc, half-Korean gay Jewish li, Middle Eastern gay Jewish side character, demi lesbian side character, Afro-Brazilian-American sapphic side character, Black trans side character, nonbinary side character, gay side characters)
🌈 Hideous Beauty by William Hussey (m/m)

🌈 Wonderland by Juno Dawson (trans mc)
Lobizona by Romina Garber (side f/f) edit: pushed to August 4 due to COVID-19
More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn (side m/m) edit: pushed to July 21 due to COVID-19
Night Owls and Summer Skies by Rebecca Sullivan (f/f)
Cada Seis Meses by Clara Duarte (f/f)

🌈 The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole (nb characters, past f/f, mlm character) edit: pushed to October 6 due to COVID-19
Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke (side f/f) edit: pushed to 2021 due to COVID-19
Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggeman (lesbian mc & li) edit: pushed to February 2021 due to COVID-19
Parachutes by Kelly Yang (Chinese lesbian side character)



🌈 Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran (lesbian mcs, f/f)
If We Were Us by K. L. Walther (m/m, gay mc)
🌈 The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska (f/f, bi mc) edit: August 4 for US release
🌈 The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson (m/m, gay mc, demi mc)
🌈 Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha (m/m)

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner (wlw mcs) edit: pushed to August 18 due to COVID-19
The Summer of Impossibilities by Rachael Allen (f/f, Jewish bi mc, lesbian mc)
🌈 You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (wlw mc)
You Don’t Live Here by Robyn Schneider (f/f, bi mc)
🌈 I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre (f/f) edit: pushed to 2021 due to COVID-19

🌈 Short Stuff ed. by Alysia Constantine (lgbt stories)
🌈 Heartbreak Boys by Simon James Green (m/m) edit: pushed to August 6 due to COVID-19
🌈 The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth (lesbian mc & li)
🌈 Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (m/m, trans mc) edit: pushed to September 1 due to COVID-19
You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez & Julia Maroh (gay mc)

🌈 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)
Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora (m/m, lgbt cast) edit: pushed to March 2021 due to COVID-19
🌈 You’re Next by Kylie Schachte (bi mc) edit: pushed to July 7 due to COVID-19
I Will Be Okay by Bill Elenbark (m/m)
Power Inversion by Sara Codair (nonbinary mc)


Which titles are your most anticipated?

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15 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?


  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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