9 Queer YA Books You Have To Read If You Loved “Love, Simon”

The acclaimed gay teen rom-com was based on Becky Albertalli's "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda."

Now in theaters Love, Simon is a major Hollywood breakthrough, the first gay-teen movie backed by a major studio. The film is based on Becky Albertalli’s young adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, one of a growing number of YA books that tackle LGBT issues.

If Love, Simon left you craving more YA, here are some other great reads to get your hands on.

  1. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

    After Griffin’s first love, Theo, dies his whole world seems to fall apart. Things get even weirder, though, when he develops a friendship with Jackson, the guy Theo was dating at the time of his death.

  2. Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

    Persian teen Leila had been flying under the radar until the beautiful Saskia moved to town and Leila finds herself falling hard. But is Saskia just using her?

  3. Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

    A Veronica Mars-esque mystery that’s also a coming out story: Flynn is a closeted teen who becomes a suspect when his girlfriend, January, goes missing after their break-up. As he finds out more about January’s life, though, Flynn learns he wasn’t the only one keeping secrets.

  4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

    The first book on The New York Times children’s best-seller list to deal with LGBT issues deals with two teens with the same name, as each chapter alternates POV. One Will Grayson is straight, part of his school’s Gay Straight Alliance, and has a crush on a girl named Jane Turner. The other? He’s shy, angsty, and has a crush on a boy named Isaac.

  5. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

    Twins Jude and Noah have two very different stories to share: Noah’s, told in flashback, involves coming out, crushing on the boy next door, and doing everything with his sister. But in the present, Jude falls for an artist, gets mentored by a man connected to their dead mother, and tries to mend her broken relationship with Noah.

  6. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

    Trans teen Amanda Hardy’s story is told through flashbacks to milestones in her transition and her emerging relationship with the very charming Grant. But when Amanda is forced out of the closet, will she lose everything?

  7. Freak Show by James St James

    Another queer YA book being turned into a film, Freak Show follows Billy Bloom, a gender-nonconforming teen who doesn’t quite fit into his wealthy conservative school. While navigating a sometimes-cruel world, Billy learns to deal with being different—and manage his feelings for the high school quarterback.

  8. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

    High-school senior Joanna Gordon is asked to “lay low” by her evangelist father once they’ve moved to a more conservative town. But things get complicated once Joanna starts to develop feelings for her friend’s sister.

  9. Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

    Released in 2001, Boys was one of the first big queer YA books before the current YA boom. It tells the story of three different boys—jock Jason, shy Kyle, and self- proclaimed queen Nelson—and their unique coming outs.

Ian Carlos Crawford is a writer and podcaster from New Jersey. His work has appeared on sites like Geeks Out, BuzzFeed, NewNowNext, and he co-hosts a podcast about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" called Slayerfest 98.
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