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5 Must-Read LGBTQ+ YA Authors

Updated: Oct 25, 2022

Are you looking for a few fantastic LGBTQ+ books to add to your reading list?? This month, I wanted to feature a few authors who identify as LGBTQ+ and have written amazing books for a young adult audience (YA) over the last several years.

You may see a few familiar titles on this list (I couldn't help it. Some of these books are just SO GOOD!) but I hope you'll also find something new!!

1. Casey McQuiston

"Casey McQuiston is a New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies and a pie enthusiast. They write stories about smart people with bad manners falling in love. Born and raised in southern Louisiana, they now live in New York City with their poodle mix/personal assistant, Pepper." Oh my gosh. I have a poodle mix too! AND Casey actually graduated from Louisiana State University and is from Baton Rouge, so I love being able to support a fellow Louisianian!

Casey's book One Last Stop is my Karli Sherman Productions September Book of the Month!! I have also featured Red, White, & Royal Blue on a few of my recommended reading lists because I just love it! I'm SO excited to see the movie adaption of Red, White, & Royal Blue. It's currently in production (as of September 2022) and doesn't have a release date yet. But it's in the works and I can't wait!!

Books by Casey McQuiston:

One Last Stop

Red, White, & Royal Blue

I Kissed Shara Wheeler

2. Alice Oseman

"Alice Oseman is an award-winning author, illustrator, and screenwriter, and was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She has written four YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: Solitaire, Radio Silence, I Was Born for This, and Loveless. She is the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic Heartstopper, which is now published in physical form by Hachette Children’s Group, and she is the writer, creator, and executive producer for the television adaptation of Heartstopper, which is set to be released on Netflix.

Alice’s first novel Solitaire was published when she was nineteen. Her YA novels have been nominated for the YA Book Prize, the Inky Awards, the Carnegie Medal, and the Goodreads Choice Awards."

Books by Alice Oseman:


I Was Born for This


Radio Silence